GREEN Caucasus - Enhancing Green Rural Economy and Energy in Georgia

Contract partner: CENN - Caucasus Environmental NGO Network Country: Georgien Funding amount: € 1.755.000,00 Project start: 01.07.2023 End: 30.06.2027

Short Description:

Overall goal

The project´s impact will be reduced poverty, improved livelihoods and climate-resilience for vulnerable rural communities in Georgia. Local income opportunities are created, and anthropogenic pressure on forests is reduced by rural economy diversification through sustainable multi-functional forest use, fostering decentralization and empowering women, youth and vulnerable groups.

Expected results

Output 1: Central and local State institutions have and use effective tools and mechanisms for intersectoral cooperation, participatory decision making and green budgeting to implement rural development activities (focusing on sustainable use of forest resources) by 2027.

Output 2: The National Forest Agency’s institutional and technical capacities are strengthened and enabled for the implementation of the Forest Code and Nationally Determined Contributions.

Output 3: The expansion of sustainable forest product markets is achieved through incentives for the commercial utilization of forest resources and the enhanced capacity of both the private sector and farmers.

Output 4: Women and girls, particularly those from rural areas, are enabled to diversify their income using forest resources.

Output 5: Youth, vulnerable groups and civil society have increased capacity to actively engage in environmental advocacy, social activism, Independent Forest Monitoring and Confidence-Building Measures.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The project will strengthen the capacity of local authorities in the target regions and will engage them in all activities to support the development of the rural economy and sustainable forest use. Rural schools will be important allies in promoting environmental awareness, rural development initiatives and opportunities and Confidence Building Measures.

The five target regions are Adjara Autonomous Republic, Guria, Samegrelo-Upper Svaneti, Kakheti and Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

The total estimated number of direct beneficiaries is 9,445 people, at least 60% women.



The project aims to support forestry reform by facilitating multi-stakeholder platforms at both central and local levels. This support includes the creation of tools to enable the implementation of the forest code and the Rural Development Strategy.

The project will also focus on the organizational development of Rural Women Councils, empowering them to drive local initiatives that engage women and vulnerable groups in rural development. Additionally, gender-sensitive knowledge materials will be developed, covering various topics such as non-timber value chain development, rural energy, nature-based tourism, climate-resilience, public participation.

Additional activities include:

- Capacity development of the National Forest Agency (via training, on-job coaching, expert advise and equipment) for cost-effective and deforestation-free timber production.

- Supporting local producers of timber and Non-Timber Forest Products, forest-based tourism services, bio-energy and energy-efficient stove providers to develop product value chains in target municipalities via tailored training, Know-How-Transfer with experienced international institutions, policy dialogue, B2Bs and expos.

- Institutionalizing and implementing the Niko Ketskhoveli School Award.


In 2020, with the active participation of CENN, the new Forest Code and the 2021-2027 Rural Development Strategy were developed and approved. As a result, the implementation of paradigmatic changes has begun. In particular, the novel Forest Code introduced a new model of forest management according to its functional purpose; state forestry and the abolition of “social felling”. Moreover, the Code initiated the sustainable economic use of forests in terms of tourism, recreation, and non-timber resources. With the new Rural Development Strategy, the term "agriculture" was defined according to the European classification integrating forestry and fishing, and, therefore, creating a basis for important institutional and programmatic changes.

project number 8388-00/2022
source of funding OEZA
sector Forstwirtschaft
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 2, Climate change mitigation: 1, Climate change adaptation: 2, Biodiversity: 1, Gender: 1, Democracy: 1, Poverty: 1, Disaster risk reduction: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.