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Georgia Harnesses International Expertise in Disaster Management

A district in Tbilisi washed away by a flash flood in June 2014. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Effective assessment of loss and damage caused by natural disasters was discussed at a workshop on July 11, 2017, organized by the State Security and Crisis Management Council of Georgia with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Government of Sweden. The workshop brought together representatives of an inter-agency working group of the Georgian Government.

The discussion was facilitated by the international and national experts invited by UNDP to assist reforms in the establishment of a unified disaster damage and loss assessment system in Georgia.

A team of experts briefed the participants of the seminar about the latest methods in disaster damage and loss assessment adopted in the European Union (EU), and presented the first results of their work with the inter-agency working group – a list of disaster damage/loss indicators and an outline of the assessment methodology.

Representatives of the State Security and Crisis Management Council of Georgia paid particular attention to the progress achieved in the reform of disaster damage/loss assessment system – the national classifier of disaster damage and loss developed by the inter-agency working group based on the requirements of the EU’s INSPIRE Directive. The Directive aims to support environmental policies and information sharing in the European Union through the systematic collecting and recording of the special data and creating a spatial data infrastructure. They also briefed the participants of the seminar about the next steps in the implementation of the reform.

The assessment of disaster damages and losses is an essential practice for developing the effective national system of disaster risk management. UNDP has been supporting Georgia in this endeavour through a range of initiatives carried out in partnership with the Georgian Government, civil society and academic institutions and international partners.

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