Resources Management (land, water, forest, biodiversity, sea, mineral resources and energy resources)

 

Promotion of the eco corridor in the Southern Caucasus

LOCATION
Georgia: Adjara Region
AWARDING ORGANIZATION
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through KfW Development bank.

NAME OF CLIENT

WWF Caucasus Programme office

DURATION OF PROJECT
December 9, 2015 - 15 December, 2016
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The aim of the project is to put into practice ecological land-use patterns in selected ecological corridors in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in target countries without reducing the income of the local rural population. 

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Data collection on energy consumption in Dedoplistskaro and Akhmeta municipalities

LOCATION
Georgia: Adjara Region

NAME OF CLIENT

GIZ

AWARDING ORGANIZATION
GIZ
DURATION OF PROJECT
October 28, 2015 – November  30, 2015
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

1. To identify gaps regarding information on the energy consumption and firewood supply chains in Dedoplistskaro and Akhmeta municipalities.

2. To carry out the survey by local assistants

3. To collect data on energy consumption in Dedoplistskaro and Akhmeta municipalities.

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Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia: Phase II 

LOCATION

Georgia

NAME OF CLIENT

Austrian Development Cooperation

AWARDING ORGANIZATION

Austrian Development Cooperation

DURATION OF PROJECT
July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
Overall objective of the project is to contribute to the successful implementation of forest reform in Georgia via the development of policy tools, modernization of forest management practices, strengthening the capacities of authorities and civil society, and enhancing issue based policy dialogue

Project Purpose:
 
1.    Developing National Forest Policy implementation tools (National Forest Strategy and Action Plan for NFA and action plans for Tbilisi City Hall) and mainstreaming forestry priorities in relevant sectors’ policy documents.
2.    Modernization of Forest Management Practices via introducing participatory Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) planning and implementation, based on the best international experiences
3.    Supporting forest management decentralization via capacity building of local authorities and fostering good governance and public engagement in the forestry sector

Expected results:
ER1:    National Forest Agency and Ecology and Planting Municipal Service of Tbilisi City Hall have implementation tools (strategy, action plan) of National Forest Policy developed in participatory manner, considering gender equality and women engagement in the sector. National Forest Concept priorities are reflected in at least four relevant sectors’ policy documents.
ER 2:   Modern forest management practices are piloted, promoted and lobbied; Relevant implementation tools, guidance documents, expertise and successful examples for the introduction of participatory Sustainable Forest Management are in place.
ER 3: Local authorities in the target regions of Adjara, Samegrelo-Upper Svaneti, Kakheti and Tbilisi municipality are skilled and prepared for forest governance decentralization; Local level actors are informed and engaged to effectively plan and participate in forest policy formulation, management and oversight.
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GEORGIA: Irrigation and Land Market Development Project –

Flood and Erosion Control Sub Component (GILMD)

LOCATION

Georgia

NAME OF CLIENT

International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)

AWARDING ORGANIZATION

International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)
DURATION OF PROJECT
From 24/11/2013 To 15/12/2013
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The GILMD Development Objective was to create an improved environment for investment in agriculture in select project areas locations by establishing land rights based on land surveys and registered titles, and by rehabilitating mainly irrigation and drainage systems and establishing legal and institutional arrangements for their financing, operation and maintenance.

The project will focus on putting in place irrigation infrastructure, flood/erosion control structures and the institutions of the users who would benefit from them, as well as will develop the enabling environment for relevant land management system in Georgia. Moreover at the Project target area the GILMD will support smallholder farmers in enhancing their competitiveness and resilience. In addition to Management and Coordination of the Project, IFAD will also finance activities under the Project Components.

CENN provided consultancy services for natural disaster assessment watersheds providing water to irrigation schemes in Shida Kartli and Kakheti regions. Assessment identified vulnerable sites in selected watersheds and elaborated disaster risk mitigation measure with emphasis on bio-engineering solutions.
 

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Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia: Strengthening Local and National Capacity and Developing Structured Dialogue

LOCATION

Georgia: Adjara Autonomous Republic; Samegrelo and Upper Svaneti; Samtskhe-Javakheti; Racha-Lechkhumi and Lower Svaneti; Kvemo Kartli; Mtskheta-Mtianeti; Kakheti.

NAME OF CLIENT

Austrian Development Agency - The operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation

AWARDING ORGANIZATION

Austrian Development Agency

DURATION OF PROJECT

July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2015

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The overall objective of the assignment was to review existing studies to identify threats and opportunities that were relevant to livestock farmers and related businesses in terms of Natural Hazard and Climate Change in three municipalities – Sagarejo, Dedoplistskaro and Sighnaghi.

4. Strengthening local capacity to empower affected communities and local authorities to participate effectively in new forest policy formulation and system implementation;
5. Enhancing State capacity in sustainable forest governance via strengthening of institutional cooperation between Austria and Georgia;
6. Launching and stimulating the structural policy dialogue in the process of development and implementation of a new forest management system.
Expected results:
Outcome 1. Local level is mobilized, informed and skilled to effectively participate in forest policy formulation, management and oversight;
Outcome 2: Forest sector reform is in compliance with the concepts of sustainable development and guidelines of international best practices;
Outcome 3: Forest reform is inclusive, participatory monitoring system is active and structural issue based policy dialogue is launched.
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Integrated Natural Resources Management in Watersheds of Georgia (INRMW)

LOCATION

Georgia

AWARDING ORGANIZATION

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) / Global Water for Sustainability – GLOWS / The Florida International University (FIU)

DURATION OF PROJECT

September 30, 2010-September 30, 2014

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The primary goal of the INRMW Program is to improve the current and future lives of people in Georgia by utilizing and managing natural resources more sustainably, including transboundary waters, soil, vegetation, and the ecosystems that encompass them. We propose to accomplish this by introducing innovative approaches and practical models of participatory integrated natural resources management in targeted watersheds, by facilitating reforms to and harmonization of national policies, and by increasing the capacity of national and regional institutions to replicate these approaches and models throughout the country. The project outcomes required to achieve this goal are captured in the following five program objectives.

o Objective 1: Empower local communities and authorities in the process of natural resources management by promoting local governance mechanisms that enable rural people to advocate for change that betters their lives.

o Objective 2: Achieve tangible results in behaviour change of women and men that visibly illustrate the linkages between ecosystem services and human benefits. Facilitate behaviour change at the community level and across the entire spatial hierarchy - local to national - of government authorities.

o Objective 3: Reduce threats to natural resource sustainability in targeted river basin watersheds; reduce water pollution in the transboundary rivers and improve water quality and productivity, ecosystem protection, and energy efficiency, and reduce vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters.

o Objective 4: Increase capacity for integrated and adaptive natural resources management at community, municipal, regional, and national levels by developing knowledge, skills, and improved management tools within key institutions.

o Objective 5: Catalyze more widespread implementation of integrated natural resource (including transboundary rivers) management, by raising public awareness and supporting the development of more enabling policy and institutional frameworks.
 
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Development of Terms of Reference for a detailed investigation of potential contamination in the land to be freed up by Georgian Railways as a result of implementation of the Tbilisi railway bypass

LOCATION

Georgia

NAME OF CLIENT

ERM GmbH

AWARDING ORGANIZATION

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

DURATION OF PROJECT
May 31- June 4, 2010
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

• Detailed site visit of the whole area (about 80 hectares in Central Tbilisi currently occupied by railway tracks, maintenance depots, administrative buildings and miscellaneous structures)
• Identification of the hydrogeological context of the area based on existing documents and interviews with appropriate experts
• Identification of soil and groundwater investigations to be carried out (drilling, trenches, other) and associated physico-chemical and/or eco-toxicologic analysis program to provide a full picture of potential soil and groundwater contamination and associated long term risks
• Identification of the potential need for groundwater modelling to predict contamination migration
• Review of existing buildings and identification of investigations to be carried out to prepare a detailed study of potential asbestos presence and a plan for demolition waste disposal
• Development of detailed Terms of Reference in English for a further study (tentative budget EUR 1M) which would address the following:
o Soil and groundwater contamination investigations and associated risk assessment
o Detailed plan for clean up and/or contamination containment
o Building investigations and preparation of a plan for demolition waste disposal

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Sustainable Land Management for Mitigating Land Degradation and Reducing Poverty in the South Caucasus Region

LOCATION

Georgia

AWARDING ORGANIZATION

European Commission

DURATION OF PROJECT
February 1,2009- February 1, 2012
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The overall objective of the Project is to ensure continued ecosystem functions and integrity, reduce poverty and enhance food security and income for rural farmers in the South Caucasus countries by combating desertification, strengthening the natural resource base and revitalizing the agricultural sector.

Specific objectives of the Project are:
1. Strengthening policy, planning and regulatory environments for promotion of sustainable land management (SLM) in transboundary watersheds of the South Caucasus region
2. Demonstrating benefits of watershed based sustainable land management and alternative livelihood for rural people while protecting fragile ecosystems and disseminating lessons learned and best practices through developing a replication strategy

Project activities include but are not limited to:


Activity 1: Assessment of land management related national legislations and institutional set-up in the South Caucasus countries and comparative analysis with EU guidelines; Analysis of trends and dynamics of land degradation in Khrami-Debeda and Alazani-Iori watersheds; Land sensitivity mapping and creation of internet portal; Development of training manuals and programmes on different themes of SLM based on stakeholders’ needs assessment; Development of participatory transboundary Integrated Resources Management Plans (IRMPs) in order to reduce pollution of transboundary rivers and promote sustainable management of natural resources in the region; Development of EU harmonized SLM Action Plans for transboundary the river basins; Organisation of national seminars and regional conferences to present results of researches and analyses, share experience, increase awareness, gain commitment and reach agreement on bilateral watershed SLM Action Plans, Lobbying the implementation of SLM Action Plans in the pilot watersheds, Development of replication strategy for introduction of relevant strategic recommendations of Action Plans to other watersheds in the South Caucasus region


Activity 2: Development of alternative scenarios of intervention at the local level to address existing land degradation; Elaboration of pilot projects and promotion of sustainable land management options and technologies; Organisation of trainings for local interest groups in the transboundary regions and national stakeholders in SLM related issues and integrated resources management; Organisation of national and bilateral watershed level seminars to present and discuss results of pilot projects and share experience; Implementation of awareness raising activities and exchange of information on lessons learned and best practices in SLM; Development of replication strategy for alternative scenarios of intervention at the local level; Organisation of regional conference to present replication strategies, share results of the project and plan future activities and partnerships
 

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Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) model for Enguri watershed area under the Hydro Power and Energy Planning Project (HPEP)

LOCATION

Georgia

NAME OF CLIENT

Deloitte

AWARDING ORGANIZATION
USAID
DURATION OF PROJECT

January - June 2014

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The purpose of USAID/Caucasus-Georgia’s Hydro Power Energy Planning (HPEP) is to provide assistance to Georgia’s Energy Sector to promote and initiate private sector development of 400 MW or more in new, run-of-river hydropower stations. This objective will be achieved through the provision of technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders in the energy sector. Building on previous, successful USAID including HIPP support to this sector, HPEP continue to support promotion of private investment in small and medium-sized hydropower by focusing on the enabling environment for competitive electricity trading domestically and cross border, to develop a sound national energy policy and strategy of Georgia, and a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) model for Enguri watershed area.

 

CENN is a member of a working group developing Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) model to help the Government of Georgia quantify environmental and socio-economic factors into new hydropower project developments for Enguri watershed area. The working group will analyze the costs and benefits of hydropower project development in the Enguri watershed, including prospective development of planned HPPs, and will establish a template for other HPP development projects within the different watersheds of Georgia.
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Air Quality Governance in ENPI East Countries

LOCATION

Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan

AWARDING ORGANIZATION

European Commission

DURATION OF PROJECT
January 1, 2011 -January 1, 2015
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The overall objective of the project is the improved and sustainable management of natural resources including nature protection, reduced effects of climate change and increased environmental cooperation and awareness.

Specific objectives of the project are:
• To improve the convergence to European legislation and regulations (air quality related legislation and IPPC) contributing to the improved air quality and strengthen implementation and compliance,
• To improve the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (especially UN ECE CLRTAP and related protocols),
• To raise environmental awareness through cooperation at national, regional and sub-regional levels among decision makers, industry and civil society.
 
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Pilot project air quality monitoring system in Tbilisi, Georgia

LOCATION

Georgia

NAME OF CLIENT

NL Agency, NL EVD International

PSO Environment

Witteveen+Bos

DURATION OF PROJECT

January 1, 2011 - March 30, 2013

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The overall objective of the project is upgrading of the air quality monitoring system and practices in Georgia.

The project aims at establishing an integral pilot urban background air quality monitoring system in the City of Tbilisi, Georgia, as well as a sustainable local capacity to operate and maintain the system, local awareness on the importance of air quality and policy recommendations to improve air quality and further expand the system of air quality monitoring in Georgia in the future.

The following project results are anticipated to be achieved:
• Creation and management of stakeholder involvement;
• Design and installation of a pilot air quality monitoring system;
• System testing and training of relevant staff completed;
• Awareness building among the Georgian population;
• Pilot operation and maintenance of the system and (policy) recommendations.
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Initiation of an Auto Fuel Efficiency Programme in Georgia & Development of the Caucasus Fuel Economy Initiative (CFEI) / Part of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative

LOCATION

Georgia

AWARDING ORGANIZATION
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Elisa Dumitresco
Transport Unit
Clearing House of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles
Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE)
 
DURATION OF PROJECT

November 1, 2010 - November 1, 2012

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The overall objective of the action is to catalyze the development of national fuel economy plans, targets and policies in the Caucasus subregion through partnership with the Global Fuel Economy Initiative that will lead to increase auto fuel economy at the national level and lower CO2 and pollutant emissions from the sector.

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The development of the state program on providing rural population with timber forest resources, including firewood in Georgia

LOCATION

Georgia

NAME OF CLIENT

IUCN –International Union for Conservation of Nature

AWARDING ORGANIZATION
ADAFLEG
DURATION OF PROJECT

June 10, 2015 – December 9, 2016

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
Objectives of the Assignment:

1. Conduct the assessment of the usage of energy sources by local population in Georgia;
2. Prepare an analytical report on the usage and supply of fuel wood in rural communities in Georgia, for the purposes of development of state strategy to provide rural households with timber resources, including firewood;
3. Carry out the awareness raising campaign among local population on the usage of energy sources.
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Implementation of small scale pilot projects (4 projects) in specific regions of Georgia associated with strengthening of capacity of local communities for revenue collection from sustainable utilization of timber and non-timber forest products

LOCATION

Georgia

AWARDING ORGANIZATION

IUCN ENPI-FLEG Program in Georgia, European Union

DURATION OF PROJECT

November 28, 2010 - June 28, 2011

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The project aims to implement pilot activities in specific regions of Georgia associated with strengthening of capacity of local communities for revenue collection from sustainable utilization of timber and non-timber forest products. This also includes capacity building of local population in planning, management and implementation of small scale projects related to legal use of timber/non timber forest resources.
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