The Committee discussed and approved the Agreement concluded through the exchange of the Notes on Technical Cooperation between Georgia and Germany.
The Agreement envisages the support to the forest sector deriving from the principles of the new Forest Code.
“We have never enjoyed such financial aid for the forest sector and this aid is the result of the adoption of new legal principles by us directed to the improvement of the forest management and elimination of the illegal use. When the Green Climate Fund made the decision on allocation of the grant of 33 ml. EURO, German Government expressed commitment to allocate 10 ml. EURO as a grant, while the Swiss Government allocated 4.9 ml. EURO as a co-financing – totally, 47 ml. EURO, which is unprecedented and the main activities within this project include forest stock-taking, which has not been held for the last decades, arrangement of the business yards – 91 yards for 2023 and creation of 600 job opportunities”, - the Deputy Environmental Minister, Nino Tandilashvili stated.
The project covers three regions and envisages the establishment of the Forest Code principles, enhancement of the forest supervision etc. – in 8 municipalities Guria, Mtskheta-Mtianeti and Kakheti regions – Akhmeta, Telavi, Dedoplistskaro, Kvareli, Tianeti, Lanchkhuti, Ozurgeti and Chokhatauri.
The project duration is 7 years and covers 3 components: “Sustainable Forest Management”; “Energy Efficiency and Alternative Fuel Market Development”, and “Income Sources and Local Authority in Forest Management”.