GIZ has been active in Georgia since 1992, and currently employs around 120 advisors in the country. The GIZ office is based in the capital of Tbilisi. More information on GIZ activities in Georgia can be found here.

The Integrated Biodiversity Management, South Caucasus (IBiS) programme runs from 2015 to 2019. GIZ since 2008 has been assisting Georgia protect its biodiversity within the framework of predecessor programmes of IBiS. GIZ advisory work is therefore based on a total of ten years of professional experience in relation to Georgia’s biodiversity.

In Georgia, the IBiS pilot measures are located in the region of Kakheti, on approximately 15 percent of the land area.

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PILOT PROGRAMMES IN AKHMETA MUNICIPALITY

Akhmeta Municipality is a mountainous region in north-eastern Georgia. It includes the historical-geographical province of Tusheti, which features a unique natural and cultural environment that is designated as Tusheti Protected Areas. The programme works closely with the local population, who depend on the land they live on. IBiS is helping to establish proper spatial planning for the first time in Georgia. IBiS is also piloting ecosystem-based sustainable forest and pasture management, and bioengineering measures to manage gullies that have formed through erosion, threatening entire villages. With the work in Akhmeta, IBiS has the ambition to develop approaches that can be scaled-up by the Government and other development partners elsewhere in Georgia.

Results:

  • Assisting the local population to preserve their centuries-old cultural landscape
  • Helping to manage the diversity of landscapes, habitats, animal and plant species

 


 

SUSTAINABLE BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT

Dedoplistskaro is a municipality in the region of Kakheti in eastern Georgia. We are introducing farming methods that support biodiversity hence long-term productivity of the land. They are also adapted to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Results:

  • Agricultural yields (in particular wheat) have increased by 100%
  • Integrated fire management regime (for controlling fires evolving from burning of agricultural residues) has been developed and introduced

 


 

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS / EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The knowledge, attitude and practices of the wider public towards environmental issues is improved with the support of the programme. In addition, the programme is supporting the introduction of training for forest workers in vocational colleges and help to improve university education in environmental studies (in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD). IBiS also assisted to develop national education standards for sustainable development.

Results:

  • Multi stakeholder awareness raising campaign for Tbilisi urban biodiversity, uniting different partner organizations, including Tbilisi City Hall, NGOs, private and public sectors
  • Master-Course on “Environmental Management and Policy” together with GIPA (Georgian Institute of Public Affairs

 


 

POLICY ADVICE AND SUPPORTING CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

With the support of the programme, sound biodiversity and forest monitoring/inventory systems are being established that will enable decision-makers to take informed policy decisions based on robust data. IBiS is also assisting to implement the EU Association Agreement by drafting a framework law on biodiversity and supporting the establishment of a programme similar to Natura 2000 in the EU: the Emerald Network.

 


 

FOREST SECTOR REFORM

IBiS supports the Forest Sector Reform. That includes policy advice for a new forest code, the implementation of the first National Forest Inventory in Georgia, improvements of the forest management planning and the set-up of a forest information and monitoring system.

Results:

  • The National Forest Program (NFP) of Georgia as a national framework for sustainable forest management brings together all forest-related stakeholders for considering their needs, opinions and expertise. The Biodiversity and Forest Department of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, with technical support from IBiS, leads the NFP process for ensuring transparency and credibility of the forest sector reform as prerequisite for a change towards sustainable management of forest resources.
  • Robust data on the Georgian forests serves as basis for future forest monitoring. Decision makers can rely on it for managing the forests with an ecosystem-based approach.

 


 

PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS

  • Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture
  • Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
  • Ministry of Education and Science
  • National Forestry Agency
  • Ilia State University
  • Caucasus Environmental NGO Network
  • Georgian Institute of Public Affairs
  • International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University
  • The municipalities of Dedoplistskaro and Akhmeta in the Kakheti region
  • Tbilisi City Hall

 


 

OFFICES IN GEORGIA

REGIONAL OFFICE

Ministry of Environmental Protection & Agriculture

6 Marshal Archil Gelovani Avenue

0159 Tbilisi, Georgia

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BRANCH-OFFICE in TBILISI

Ministry of Environmental Protection & Agriculture

6 Gulua Street

0114 Tbilisi, Georgia

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BRANCH-OFFICE in AKHMETA

Akhmeta City Hall

49 Cholokashvili Street

0900 Akhmeta, Georgia

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BRANCH-OFFICE in DEDOPLISTSKARO

Dedoplistskaro Gamgeoba

44 Kostava Street

1600 Dedoplistskaro, Georgia

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