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Georgia Sharabidze ENG

  1. 1. 1st Steering Committee Meeting Minsk, October 1-3, 2013 COUNTRY PRESENTATION - GEORGIA Первое заседание Наблюдательного Комитета Минск, 1-3 октября, 2013 года
  2. 2. 1. Recent Developments in the Forest Sector in Georgia  Forest unit under the Ministry of Energy and Natural resources moved to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection Three entities were established: Forest Policy service, which is responsible for forest policy; National Forestry Agency, responsible for the management of Georgian forest and Environmental supervision service, which is responsible for control and inspection of all activities, which might have negative impact on Environment.  For Government long-term vision the Forest Policy document has been worked out, which has become the subject of extensive discussion for representatives of the different sectors, as well as the international donor community. It will be submitted to the Government and the Parliament in the near future.  One of the main problems of Georgian forest management is long-term licenses, issued by previous government without any inventory of forest areas under the licenses. In addition these areas and companies were out of control of forestry unit. The Ministry began to check all of the terms and conditions of the license holder’s status, a schedule has been drawn up and gradually implemented field inspection of licensed areas.
  3. 3. 2. Georgia on-going Activities (pre-SC Meeting)  Completion of newly established forest related bodies has finished around 900 staff were recruited by open procedures.  In October of the current year it is planned to start inventory of Borjomi-Bakuriani forests . The tender has been announced. The Ministry will conduct an inventory together with the Austrian and German specialists. They will carry out work at their own expenses where our experience is less or insufficient (satellite images, climate change related information and etc).  The activities against the European spruce bark beetle ( ips typographus L.) started in June of the current year, for what 5156 pieces of pheromone catchers were bought by the National Forestry Agency. They are placed in Samtskhe- Javakheti region. In particular, in Borjomi-Bakuriani, Akhaltsikhe, Adigeni, Aspindza-Akhalkalaki forest districts. Monitoring is in progress.
  4. 4. 3. Georgian Proposed Country Workplan (Year 1)  Conduct meetings to (a) discuss regional adaptation of the International Generic Indicators (IGIs) of FSC standards, and (b) launch a National FSC Standard Development Working Group for Georgia (WWF).  Conduct analysis of the Georgian forestry sector in the context of voluntary forest certification potential (including market opportunities for certified products), and prepare recommendations for applying key principles of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards (including HCV forest concept); lobby for their reflection in Georgian legislation and policy priorities (WWF).
  5. 5. 3. Georgian Proposed Country Workplan (Year 1)  Assessing economic, environmental, and social impacts of long-term forestry licensing rules currently in force(WB).  Measuring the true value of natural resources for community development (IUCN).  Assess sanitary situation in Protected Area's forests in Georgia and prepare recommendations (to be carried out in selected Protected Areas of Georgia -IUCN).
  6. 6. 3. Georgian Proposed Country Workplan (Year 1)  Conduct a regional-level assessment of the outcomes of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) scoping studies (WWF).  Support forest management at local level through preparation of recommendations for development of sustainable multipurpose forest management plans for selected locally managed forests (Tusheti protected landscape- IUCN).  Design the strategic action plan for communicating key massages to all stakeholders about the importance of forests and principles of sustainable forests use (WB).
  7. 7. Merab Sharabidze

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