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Biofuelling Sustainable Development in Georgia


Travelling to the region of Kakheti in east Georgia always brings winemaking to one’s mind. The region is famous for its vast vineyards and delicious traditional wines. Indeed, I was interested in vineyards when I visited Kakheti in December 2016, but not as a source of wine but rather a …

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Georgia Moves Forward in Developing the System of Protected Areas


The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) completed a 7-year programme to promote the long-term financial sustainability of Georgia’s protected areas. With USD 1 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the programme was implemented by the Agency of Protected Areas …

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Georgia Harnesses European Expertise in Personal Data Protection


Representatives of the Office of the Personal Data Protection Inspector of Georgia visited Rome, Italy, with a study tour.  Upon the invitation of the Italian Data Protection Authority, the visit was arranged with support from the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Georgian delegation led by …

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Georgian Highlanders Learn How to Make Development Work


Travelling to Georgia’s countryside tends to leave you with a controversial feeling. Stunning views frame sad little towns where people struggle with rural poverty. The beauty of highlands, a touristic paradise, only emphasizes the growing depopulation of the villages. The recent research, initiated by UNDP and the governments of Switzerland …

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Georgia Adopts First National Strategy for Rural Development

Photo: Vladimer Valishvilii/UNDP

The Government of Georgia approved the first ever national strategy for rural development, on 30 December 2016. It provides the country’s vision for 2017-2020 in key areas of rural development – growth and diversification of local economies, improvement of social and public services, sustainable use of natural resources and local …

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Batumi Becomes First Georgian City with Transport Model

Bicycle tracks in Batumi Boulevard. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Batumi residents prefer to walk (31.44%), take public transport (36.02%) or ride a car (30.19%). Only 1.27% takes a taxi, and almost no one (0.28%) bikes. An average Batumian makes 1.24 trips per day, which is less that in the other cities of the world. These are some of the …

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Green Initiatives Boost Local Development in Georgia


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 …

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Media Monitoring Reflects Tensions of Pre-Election Month

Janos Herman

Georgian civil society organizations unveiled the results of election media monitoring at a press conference on October 6, 2016. Supported by the European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), media monitoring examines media performance during the 2016 Parliamentary elections in Georgia and covers forty-six national and local media outlets …

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Opportunities of High Mountainous Regions of Georgia Discussed with Local Municipalities


Across September 15-30, PMCG held meetings with representatives of the mountainous regions of Georgia, under the UNDP project Fostering Regional Development in Georgia. The meetings were held in Adjara, Guria, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Kakheti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Racha-Lechkhumi, Shida Qartli, Qvemo Qartli and Mtskheta-Mtianeti regions, with the idea to discuss major challenges and …

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