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The Government of Georgia adopts a decree on the extensive aqua-culture regulatory rules and terms

The decree on the extensive aqua-culture regulatory rules and terms has been elaborated upon the initiative of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and aims at ensuring legislative regulation of the respective matter. “Today, within the session of the Government of Georgia, we have adopted two regulations of high importance, which will complement enhancement of aqua-culture in Georgia. It is a rule for issuing permission on extensive aqua-culture rules and a technical regulation in general. The latter initiative and action will enable investors and incumbent industries to enjoy sustainable enhancement of the respective area. We have stressed out in our 10-year plan that Georgia will triple operation and will harvest more than 20 000 tonnes of aqua-culture. It is a detailed assessment, which will be possible through effective arrangements in ponds, as well as mariculture locations” – Minister Davitashvili stated. Extensive aqua-culture aims at ensuring fish populations at natural ponds (lake, river, swamp water) and artificial reservoirs (reservoirs, several streams and other ponds, except for aqua-culture constructions) through spawn, larva and upon providing natural food. Fish at the respective pond will be comprehensively depicted for complementing further increase in the future. The decree on the extensive aqua-culture regulatory rules and terms aims at determining participation rules among the administrative bodies, which shall be part to the process of issuing permits. The decree also sets permission terms for the latter bodies. An extensive permission will be issued for not more than 20 years. As set forth by the Law of Georgia on Licenses and Permits, the respective permission will be issued by the National Environmental Agency and upon inter-agency council’s recommendation. The decree will also determine rules for issuing permission for extensive aqua-culture, which will further facilitate the respective field.
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The National Academy of Sciences of Georgia hosts a seminar on circular economy

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Solomon Pavliashvili attended a seminar on circular economy at the National Academy of Sciences. Deputy Minister Pavliashvili discussed approaches and incumbent challenges with regard to circular economy in Georgia; he also stressed out that deployment of the circular economy principles enable capacities for decreasing industrial waste, production of hazardous chemicals, as well as diminishing their affect and complement actions toward softening the climate change. “Circular economy utilizes natural resources at a greater effectiveness and sustains materials and production value through circulation, which also decreases negative impact of economic actions on human health. Nowadays, even the most advanced countries are in an early stage of transferring to circular economy, Georgia among them. Circular economy is a path toward fulfillment of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals” – Deputy Minister Pavliashvili stated. 
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Minister Davitashvili met with students of the MA program in Environmental Management and Policy at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA)

“Our meetings with GIPA’s students have become regular. MA program in Environmental Management and Policy is vital for recruiting professionals, who will tackle numerous challenges with environmental matters in Georgia. I would like to express my gratitude to the partners; a high number of graduates are employed at our Ministry. Environmental protection is a priority for Georgia, which has also been set forth within the Association Agreement. Moreover, we have embarked on improvements to the environmental policy, which implies new regulations and challenges; it is crucial that there are new professionals who can join the field, both, in state and private sectors. Companies at private sector have major capacities for employment, which will boost career prospects for the students, who have graduated from GIPA” – Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili stated. Students held the discussion in a Q&A session and inquired about policy matters and future prospects for setting priorities in the respective matter. Minister responded with comprehensive information on climate change, water resources, biodiversity and atmospheric air protection. MA program in Environmental Management and Policy was created through joint efforts of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), MEPA’s Environmental Information and Education Center and the German Agency for International Cooperation or (GIZ). 
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Deputy Minister Shamugia observes implementation of the “Reaping economic and environmental benefits from sustainable land management” project

environmental benefits from sustainable land management” projectDeputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Otar Shamugia attend implementation process of the “Reaping economic and environmental benefits from sustainable land management” project, which spans across Gori, Kareli, Kvareli and Sagarejo as pilot locations. “The goal of the pilot project is to strengthen economic and environmental benefits from sustainable land management, which shall tackle degradation problem of the soil, as well as share the best practices in this regard. Georgia shall also share the best practices, that aims at safeguarding protection of the country’s economic and natural capital. More than 100 farmers have joined the project. Through the funding from the Global Environmental Fund (GEF) and assistance of the Regional Environmental Center (REC) for the Caucasus, the farmers have been provided with seeds for cultivating the wind break belts free of charge. We will care for cultivating such practice at other regions, in order to boost interest among the farmers” – Deputy Minister Shamugia stated. In frames of the project, 2935 meters of windbreak belts have been planted during December 2020; six farmers have been provided with seedings and fencing materials free of charge. In October 2020, 75 hectares of agricultural-rural land has been ploughed; the respective costs have been fully covered by the project. The pilot project was launched on March 18, 2018 and will commence on March 18, 2023. The project has been initiated by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and has been funded by the Global Environmental Fund (GEF); and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Regional Environmental Center (REC) for the Caucasus.