Sustainable Forest Governance in Georgia Phase II
Overarching goal is to contribute to the successful implementation of the forest reform in Georgia. The objectives are: (1) Developing National Forest Policy implementation tools and mainstreaming forestry priorities in relevant sectors’ policy documents; (2) Modernization of Forest Management Practices, based on the best international experiences; (3) Supporting forest management decentralization. The expected results are:
A) National Forest Agency and Ecology and Planting Municipal Service of Tbilisi City Hall have implementation tools (strategy, action plan) of National Forest Policy developed in participatory manner. National Forest Concept priorities are reflected in at four the relevant sectors’ policy documents (beneficiaries: countrywide);
B) Modern forest management practices are piloted, promoted and lobbied; Relevant implementation tools, guidance documents, expertise and successful examples for the introduction of participatory Sustainable Forest Management are in place. (At least 2,000 direct beneficiaries from different local target groups of the regions of Adjara, Samegrelo-Upper Svaneti, Kakheti, Tbilisi);
C) Local authorities in the target regions of Adjara, Samegrelo-Upper Svaneti, Kakheti and Tbilisi municipality are skilled and prepared for forest governance decentralization; Local level actors are informed and engaged to effectively plan and participate in forest policy formulation, management and oversight. Direct beneficiaries: around 400 people (through training of local authorities, Open Environmental Civic Initiative (OECI) staff, teachers, RWCs); schools (500); local communities benefitting from pilot projects (500 people); indirect beneficiaries – countrywide)
The project actively cooperates with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Adjara Forest Agency, Tbilisi City Hall Ecology and Planting Municipal Service.