Keda Local Development Group (LAG)
The Keda Municipality is located in the middle of the Adjaristskali river basin. The Keda Municipalty shares a 38 km-long border with the Kobuleti Municipality to the north, a 24 km-long border with the Shuakhevi Municipality to the east, a 24 km-long border with the Khelvachauri Municipality to the west, and a 17 km-long border with Turkey to the south. The Shavsheti and Meskheti mountain ranges run through the southern part of the Municipality while the Kobuleti mountain range runs through the north/north-west part.
The total area of the municipality is 452 km2, with a population of 21,244. The municipality consists of 10 communities and 64 settlements. The town of Keda, located 200 m above sea level, is an administrative center of the municipality.
Areas located along the Adjaristskali River are characterized by a Mediterranean subtropical climate. Humidity increases with altitude. Two soil zones, mountain-forest and mountain-meadow, are found on the territory of the municipality. Vegetation and fauna are rich and diverse. Mainly deciduous tree species are widespread. The distribution of conifers is relatively limited. The main agricultural activities include fruit farming, vine growing, crop growing, vegetable growing, bee-keeping, as well as fish (trout) farming (in Oktomberi, Agara, Tsoniarisi, Tskhmorisi).
The Keda Municipality is notable for its unique vine varieties. Local vines, Kedis Tsolikauri and Chkhaveri, are in high demand. There are a number of vine cellars: M.Shervashidze – village Pirveli Maisi, Lado Shavishvili – village Vaio, Nuri Sirabidze – village Gegelidzeebi.
The Municipality is rich in various mineral resources such as copper and gold deposits (in Merisi, Vaio) and medicinal and mineral waters, the most notable being Kokotauri and Gundauri waters. Kokotauri has been awarded an international certificate.
Historical heritage sites consist mainly of cultural monuments: watchtowers in Kaviani, Gulebi, Dzentsmani, Sagoreti, Tsivasula; arched stone bridges in Makhuntseti, Pirveli Maisi, Tsoniarisi, Dandalo; and fortresses in Zendidi, Tsivasula.
Diverse flora and fauna, as well as numerous waterfalls can be observed by visitors in the gorges of Adjaristskali and other mountainous rivers flowing in the territory of Keda Municipality.
The objectives of the project “Optimising the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality” are to diversify local economic activities, foster investment, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottoms-up strategic planning of rural development. The priority of the project is to increase Keda Municipality’s development potential and make optimal use of local resources.
The project is being implemented by CENN in a partnership with:
- Centre for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG)
- Institute of Democracy (IOD)
- Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR)
The project is supported by the European Union. The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for a rural population that go beyond agricultural activities.See more