Under the project, an agreement on the implementation of technical cooperation projects was signed between the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). The agreement was signed by the Minister of Environment and Agriculture, Levan Davitashvili, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Natia Turnava, the Head of the German Office of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) Karl Testensen and the Head of the ECO.Georgia Project, Lutz Jarchinski.
“We are launching a project, which will provide 47 million euros in grant funding from the Green Climate Fund, the governments of Germany and Switzerland, and will help us to establish sustainable forest management in the country, introduce energy efficient and climate-friendly technologies, and improve forest management. The project will contribute to the well-being of the local population, strengthen and improve the control of forests and forest resources, conservation of biodiversity. The project will facilitate the introduction of a new forest code and the implementation of new approaches, ”Levan Davitashvili said.
For the implementation of the project, the Supervisory Board of GCF, in August 2020, approved a grant of 33 million euros. The project, which lasts 7 years (2021-2027), is co-funded by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany (EUR 10 000 000 million) and the Government of the Swiss Confederation (EUR 4 090 000 million).
“Important reform has started in Georgia, which is related to the introduction of an efficient forest use system and energy efficient technologies. It is important that Georgia is supported in this process by large international organizations – the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), as well as the governments of Germany and Switzerland and help us to properly plan and lead the process. This is important both for increasing energy efficiency and for the development of ecotourism, ”said Natia Turnava.
The project, through reforestation, reduction of forest loss, sustainable forest management and conservation, will help increase forest carbon stocks, as well as help develop a market for energy efficient and alternative fuels, improve the living conditions of the population and increase the role of local self-government in sustainable forest management. Through skills improvement and relevant policies and regulations.
The project will help Georgia fulfill its unconditional and conditional commitments to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as the implementation of the new Forest Code. The project covers 8 municipalities of three regions of Georgia – Guria, Mtskheta-Mtianeti and Kakheti (Akhmeta, Telavi, Dedoplistskaro, Kvareli, Tianeti, Lanchkhuti, Ozurgeti and Chokhatauri).
Within the framework of the event, the Minister of Environment and Agriculture Levan Davitashvili, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Georgia Hubert Knirsch and the Head of the Georgian Office of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) Karl Testensen opened a new GIZ office in the Ministry.
The signing ceremony was attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Georgia Hubert Knirr, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation to Georgia Christian Schoenenberger, representatives of diplomatic missions and the Parliament of Georgia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guria Heads of agencies.