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World Bank Responds to Georgian Farmers: We Back Preparation of Environment Impact Document

The World Bank (WB) has reacted to the article published on BM.Ge – the issue is of available damage that may be inflicted to their bio economy because of highway works.

After February 2018 the WB keeps communication with one of the farmer Tea Kutateladze. Moreover, meetings were held with Road Department (under Ministry of Infrastructure). This department is responsible for preparing feasibility studies for Rustavi-Sadakhlo highway construction projects and implementing the motor road construction works.

“Based on the WB policy, we back the obligation for preparing an environment and social impact assessment document (ESIA) to appraise all potential impacts that the road construction works may cause.
We would like to notify you that:

The World Bank dos not finance the road construction works.  The WB backs the Road Department for renewal of motor roads in the research work implementation process. All other additional technical research works, including ESIA will be financed by other international finance institutions.

Today, no detailed project of this motor road exist. Tender has not been announced on the mentioned roads, the WB statement reads.  The WB contacted BM.GE after Tea Kutateladze, one of the three farmers stated that the WB had not taken into account Environment Impact Document in the project. Over the issue the farmers have already sent a due letter to the Washington Office of the WB.