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A clean and healthy environment is important not only to protect natural resources for future generations, but also for the health, agricultural livelihoods, and employment opportunities of Georgians today. USAID’s programs support environmental education and the sound management and protection of Georgia’s natural endowments to ensure the longevity and sustainable use of its forests, lands, and water systems and mitigate impact on the global climate. 

Current programs:

Institutionalization of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Georgian Regions
Apr 2012 – Sept 2015
National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG)

“Institutionalization of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Georgian Regions” will attempt to integrate environmental and climate change considerations into policy priorities of local authorities through the establishment of special units on climate change, environment and sustainable agriculture. It will enable the implementation of a broad range of statutory functions of local authorities on natural resources management, spatial planning and sustainable development stipulated in the Organic Law of Georgia on Local Self-Governance and sectoral legislation. The goal is to foster institutionalization of climate change adaptation and mitigation at the local level by building capacities of local authorities. The project is being implemented by National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG).

Enhancing Capacity–Low Emission Development Strategy (EC-LEDS), Municipal Energy Efficiency Project
Dec 2013 - Sept 2017
Implementer TBD

This activity aims to incorporate holistic approaches to economic development on a less than “business-as-usual” emission pathway. Sectors for reducing the rate of emission growth will be targeted, as outlined in a country low emission development strategy. USG assistance will support the implementation of incentives, financing, and technical assistance to implement alternative economic development practices. Regional programs will also support this growth through expertise in modeling energy efficiency, green production marketing and other widely accepted practices. Mayors who are signatories to the EU Covenant of Mayors commitments will receive preference for assistance to implement lower emission development. 

Georgia Waste Management Project
Dec 2013 - Sept 2017
Implementer TBD

As one of the priorities identified by Georgian public and local officials, proper waste management is a critical factor for health, small business and tourism development, and reducing the amount of land use required for waste disposal. Local companies interested in using recyclable materials have a shortage of supply and are limited to investing in the sector due to this shortage. Waste management as a local government service is not recognized as successful or effective. This program aims to address the economic and operational challenges to establishing efficient waste management and recycling systems in targeted municipalities and regions. Components include physical remediation/closing of dangerous landfills, strategic planning for new landfills, economic analysis of revenue and employment generating opportunities in the sector, and identification of public-private partnership opportunities. Of course, this also includes broad public outreach campaigns to educate the public on the benefits of sound waste management systems as a public service. 

Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Post-Conflict Environmental Rehabilitation in Georgia
Sept 2009 - March 2013
Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN)

The overall objective of the project is to develop flexible and resilient societies in the rural areas of Georgia that are capable of coping with the impacts of current climate variability and future climate change. Specifically, the project works to reduce the susceptibility of local communities in select rural areas of Georgia to the negative climate impacts through post-conflict environmental rehabilitation, natural disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation.

Support for National Parks Reform
Sept 1999 – June 2014
US Department of the Interior

Through an Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior, USAID assists Georgia to enhance the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia to manage and commercialize national parks and promote tourism opportunities. Technical assistance and training is provided to Ministry officials, employees of protected areas throughout Georgia, and local stakeholders in the National Protected Area System. 

Last updated: October 16, 2014

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