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Waste Free Rivers for a Clean Black Sea

Project is aimed at facilitating the enhancement of the quality of the environment and contribute to reducing river and marine litter in the Black Sea Basin countries through the promotion of cross-boundary cooperation between Georgia, Moldova and Romania for introduction of modern waste management practices and increasing environmental awareness.
The project is being implemented in Georgia, Moldova and Romania.
The main area of project activities involves the river basins (Rioni River in Georgia and Prut River in Moldova), as the main Black Sea pollutants from the inland areas. In the basins of mentioned rivers, the project envisages adaptation and introduction of the best EU waste management practices.

Project Specific Objectives 

  • Capacity building of the communities along the Black Sea Basin rivers of Rioni and Prut, through introducing the best practices of waste management based on the EU approaches and experience.
  • Enhancing cross-border cooperation and cross-sectoral partnerships in Georgia, Moldova and Romania for raising awareness of environmental challenges and protection of the rivers and Black Sea.

Project Focus

Programme Priority: 2.2 Promote common awareness-raising and joint actions to reduce river and marine litter.

Project Implementation Period

Project Duration is 33 months.

Project started: August 30, 2018

Project end: May 29, 2021

Project Main Results

–   Introduction of municipal green waste composting in Kutaisi (Georgia) and the demonstration of composting in the communities along the rivers of the Rioni (Georgia) and the Prut (Moldova).

–   Introduction of plastic separation in Poti (port on the Black Sea, Georgia), paper and glass separation in Kutaisi (Georgia), WEEE collection in Ungheni (Moldova).

–   Implementation of training and educational programs regarding the rivers and the sea protection and modern WM for target groups, information campaigns, clean-up and environmental events in Georgia, Moldova and Romania.

–   Development of international and national capacity and partnerships between local authorities, NGOs, private sector and other stakeholders for the rivers and the Black Sea protection, and introduction of the 3R practices in Georgia, Moldova and Romania.