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Minister Davitashvili: “We require an effective State policy and meaningful presence of the society for ensuring effective waste management”

“We require an effective State policy and meaningful presence of the society for ensuring effective waste management. An effective policy implies new approach toward waste management, which becomes an integral aspect for economy. As we speak about the economic development, it is vital to cultivate green and circular economy principles; therefore, by 2030, we shall ensure complete separation of waste at the municipalities, as an effective remedy for decreasing waste. Moreover, it is crucial that the companies have extended producer responsibility (EPR), which boosts importance of private sector engagement, in order to transform their waste into goods. Georgia shall ensure management of core waste though circular path, within 30 years” – Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili stated, while presenting the “Environmental Protection and Rural Development 2030”
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Minister Davitashvili: “We shall double investments to ensure a target of 3 billion USD export from agro-products sector”

“It is an absolutely reality for Georgia to gain 3 billion USD of income from agro-product sector. Georgia has a capacity to replace 300-400 million USD of product import, which will significantly improve trade balance. We have launched efforts for decreasing import, that will be translated into 2 billion USD of NET export from agro-production sector by 2030. It will be an additional income for companies, business and our citizens – Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili stated, while presenting the “Environmental Protection and Rural Development 2030”
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Minister Davitashvili: “We have an ambitious plan to maximize our selfsufficieny”

“We spoke about self-sufficiency. There are areas of Georgia’s agriculture, whose export potential shall be maximized at large. Our core product categories and meat production consist of several directions, that are cattle, swine and poultry meat. I am not talking about sheep meat, which is less consumed in Georgia, however Georgia is a successful exporter of sheep and sheep meat. We have an ambitious plan to maximize our self-sufficiency at large. We will double meat and milk production, while these areas demonstrate a much better situation. Nowadays, Georgia has a dependency on milk products, however, from 2030, Georgia will also become a country which will export meat products. As we speak about economy and economic data in terms of agricultural direction, we aim at export indicators. Agriculture is a vital part of our common export. Around 1/3 of the export products exported from Georgia falls on agriculture. Our goal is for the agriculture to become NET exporter and we will reach the respective goal in 2-years time. The latter can be explained based on the statistics and trends, which has demonstrated balance of agroproduction sector trade” – Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili stated at the presentation of the “Envrionmental Protection and Rural Development 2030”. 
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Minister Davitashvili: “Production of Georgia shall be competitive and presented to the market in accordance with the contemporary standards and requirements”

Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili delivered a presentation on “Environmental Protection and Rural Development 2030” and discussed development objectives at a created detail. “We require processing amenities, storage and packaging infrastructure, as well as entailing investments for storing the primary production, which will ensure that Georgian production is competitive and presented to the market in accordance with the contemporary standards and requirements” – Minister Davitashvili stated. Efforts for enhancing agrarian matters have been translated into contemporary farming and enterprises; moreover, preferential financial resources have been assigned to entrepreneurs and farmers, which will transform the sphere into a more attractive area for investment. As set forth in the “Environmental Protection and Agrarian Development 2030”, long-term vision of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture aims at boosting support toward processing and storage enterprises; within the nearest 10 years, a total amount of 1,7 billion GEL will be invested into the sphere; over 700 million GEL is a funding from the State. The respective efforts will ensure boosting of local production. Nowadays, the State has accommodated 1,3 billion GEL of credit portfolio for boosting primary production, processing and storage-realization enterprises. The respective data is 22 times more than the credit portfolio in 2012 (57 million GEL). The Rural Development Agency-deployed programs have established/reequipped more than 1000 enterprises.
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The National Wildlife Agency elaborating the Law of Georgia on Hunting and Hunting Species, as a successful remedy to restrict braconniers

The National Wildlife Agency is elaborating the Law of Georgia on Hunting and Hunting Species, which will be an effective remedy for ensuring certification of hunters and that will be a successful remedy to restrict braconniers. Meanwhile, the Agency will work actively toward sustaining and enriching flora and fauna, as well as Caucasian endemic and rare species. The Agency’s future plan aims at determining genetic code of endemic species of fauna, as well as marking system; all of these being part of the monitoring.  Moreover, the Agency fosters fishery and fish populations of river trout, which shall increase to 1 million; therefore, annually, more than 5000 Caucasian pheasant, partridge will be ensured and set free out to the nature or hunting establishments. The Agency will also ensure at least 200 000 seedlings of the types enlisted into the Chala Forest and “Red List”.
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Minister Davitashvili: “management and expansion of protected territories is the State priority; these are unique territories, which entail an outstanding biodiversity and protection of the resources”

Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), Mr Levan Davitashvili delivered a presentation on “Environmental Protection and Rural Development 2030”, which was attended by the Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr Irakli Gharibashvili, as well as representatives of the MEPA, State Trustees, diplomatic missions, international/donor organizations, relevant associations, scholars, as well as farmers. Among various matters discussed at a great detail, Minister Davitashvili briefed attendees on the plans for developing protected territories. During the period of 2012 – 2021, Georgia’s protected territories significantly increased from 293 476 hectares and nowadays it stands at 798 287 hectares, which covers 11, 5 % of the whole country. As set forth in the plan, by 2030, protected territories shall comprise 1 million hectares and cover 17 % of an entire Georgia. Moreover, Georgia is actively engaged into ensuring that UNESCO awards four Georgian protected territories (Kolkheti and Mtirala National Parks, Kintrishi and Kobuleti protected territories) with the World Heritage Site status, which will be an immense international recognition that will boost visibility of Georgia’s protected territories. As a future perspective of the Agency of Protected Areas of Georgia within the plan – a unified database of biodiversity monitoring will be developed, which will complement significant study of core species at protected territories, as well as recovery goals. It has also been planned to ensure consistent inventory of forests at these territories with an entailing forest management plans, which have complemented sustainable management and recovery actions. The best practices aim at recruiting rangers at the protected territories, which will complement sustaining the respective territories through equipping rangers with fire resistance systems and modern smart technologies, which are being cultivated. By 2030, number of rangers will be increased in 50 %.