“Clean Air, Safe traffic” Campaign Held in 10 regions of Georgia
From September 17 to 22, the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) and member organizations of the Regional Civil Society Network held a wide-scale civic engagement campaign “Clean Air, Safe Traffic” in 13 cities of Georgia to raise public awareness about air pollution and road safety issues in the country.
The campaign covered all 10 regions of Georgia: Kakheti, Racha, Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Imereti, Guria, Samegrelo and Adjara.
The representatives of the R-CSN member organizations who had undergone the Training of Trainers on the issue were leading the campaign in the regions. They have conducted trainings for drivers and organized working meetings for local population who had interest in the issue.
In sum, up to 15 regional organizations got engaged in the campaign. They have delivered information to the population on the road safety related issues, such as infrastructure, the role of transport and human in the increase and decrease of road accidents, drunk driving, speeding, careless/inattentive/ fatigued driving, importance of the drive belts and child car seats during driving and pedestrians’ safety.
In the framework of the campaign, special brochures on the road safety topic were disseminated among the population.
On 22 of September, the regional campaign joined the event of “Car Free Day” in Tbilisi, which aims to take care of the environment and popularize the healthy lifestyle. The organizers of the civil week have called upon the society and business companies to get engaged in the campaign, by decreasing number of cars in the central areas of the capital on this day.
The Georgian Alliance for Safe Roads, a leading CSO from Tbilisi working on road safety issues, and APM Terminals Poti (Poti Sea Port Corporation) delivered training for Civil Society Organizations on these issues prior to the campaign. The campaign was held with the financial support from EWMI ACESS.
Information source: http://cida.ge