Thirty-three non-governmental and community organizations presented the results of environmental initiatives carried out since 2012 in different regions of Georgia.
The programme was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia with funds from the Small Grants Programme of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF SGP).
On 30 September 2016, the participants of the programme met with Gigla Agulashvili, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, Shombi Sharp, acting Head of UNDP in Georgia, and members of the GEF Small Grants Programme board.
Representatives of non-governmental and community organizations described the achievements of their small projects, discussed environmental challenges faced by communities across Georgia, and presented future plans of environmental activities.
Since its launch in Georgia in 2012, the GEF Small Grants Programme has funded 33 environmental initiatives for a total value of USD 750,000. Cash and in-kind contributions received from the local governance, communities and other donors made up to USD 926,000.
The list of successful initiatives funded by the Programme includes: reintroduction of Colchis Pheasants in the Vashlovani Protected Area, modern practice of chemical waste management in Kharagauli, degraded land restoration in Tusheti and Chiatura, construction of gabions at the Alazani and Ilto rivers to protect villages from flooding, and many more.
Local small projects in different regions of the country have focused on conservation of biodiversity, international waters, land degradation and climate change. Along with environmental benefits, local projects contributed to poverty reduction, improvement of livelihoods and gender equality.
The new phase of the GEF Small Grants Programme will continue till the end of 2018.