July 11, 2023

Youth-Led Initiative Paves Way for PCB-Free Electricity Distribution and Enhanced Environmental Engagement

Youth-Led Initiative Paves Way for PCB-Free Electricity Distribution and Enhanced Environmental Engagement

In a remarkable move towards sound management of POPs and establishment of PCB free Electricity Distribution, Georgia is set to embark on a groundbreaking initiative that aims to prioritize youth voice and recognize the invaluable contributions young people can make in shaping a cleaner and safer environment.

Under the GEF funded project “PCB-free Electricity Distribution in Georgia”, youth platform has been established uniting young people from diverse backgrounds to be actively engaged in discussions, policy development, and implementation of strategies to tackle PCB contamination in Georgia. As part of the first activity of the platform the session was organized in Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University. During the session, the students were educated about the legislative aspects of waste and chemical management. They were provided with information about international agreements that regulate waste management, including PCBs, and were updated on the current implementation status of these agreements in Georgia. The meeting, which took place on March 16, 2023, at Telavi State University, was attended by 30 students from the Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences.

“In a system designed to promote the safety and well-being of young people, it is essential to prioritize youth engagement in casework. Including youth in the management of PCBs is a step in the right direction. Their unique perspectives and enthusiasm can help drive meaningful change and inspire future generations to prioritize environmental protection.” – Stated Ms. Sophiko Akhobadze, the director of the Regional Environmental Center for the Caucasus

Mr. Alverd Chankseliani, Head of Waste and Chemicals Management Department at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia emphasized the readiness of the ministry in support of the youth interested in the field “Internship opportunities at the ministry are abundant and serve as a gateway to invaluable learning experiences. I strongly encourage you to proactively stay informed about the ministry’s regular internship calls and actively participate in the fierce yet rewarding internship competitions. Embracing these opportunities will not only broaden your horizons but also pave the way for personal and professional growth.” – Mentioned Mr. Chankseliani

Furthermore, the meeting involved the distribution of project visibility and awareness-raising materials among the students. Mr. Alverd Chankseliani emphasized the importance of sharing knowledge and information with the younger generation to raise awareness, acknowledging that such cooperation could also benefit their essays, theses, and scientific research. He provided a brief overview of the project’s objectives and anticipated outcomes, encouraging an open discussion with the students regarding its implementation process.

The project “PCB-free Electricity Distribution in Georgia” is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by UNIDO, with its primary beneficiary being the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA). The project is executed by the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (RECC).