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Minister Davitashvili discussed development objectives at a greater detail

“We have adopted a law on aquaculture, which serves as an ambitious achievement. Our core objective is to ensure enforcement of the respective law, which will result into full utilization of Georgia’s internal waters. Georgia can solely utilize internal water resources for production of 20, 000 tonnes of fish and marine products; the latter will be a significant contribution toward supplying 70 % of internal demand” – Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili stated at the presentation of long-term vision of the “Environmental and Agrarian Development 2030”. The National Environmental Agency under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia is adhering to the international standards toward assessment and projections of fishery bioresources at marine and internal reservoir space; moreover, the Agency also ensures inventory of fish resources and determining perspective fish species and water ecosystems; moreover, economic and ecological assessment of fish resources will boost production of seafood potential, expansion of production scale and decreasing dependency of Georgia on seafood products import at a long run. Assessment of resources will complement sustainable development of fishing, economic enhancement and employment of local dwellers. Determined amount of fish resources will ensure full operation of fish processing enterprises. The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia is the first state institution, which has set the respective priority within the 10-year plan.
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Minister Davitashvili: “Monitoring of atmospheric air quality remains as one of the core priorities for our Ministry”

Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili delivered a presentation on the long-term vision of the Ministry under the following theme – “Environmental Protection and Rural Development 2030”; throughout the presentation, Minister Davitashvili elaborated on details regarding development vision: “we have harvested significant success in improving atmospheric air during the recent years; nevertheless, despite of the respective area being under our core priorities – still, some of the challenges remain. Atmospheric air management and vision requires deployment of a comprehensive policy. We have embarked on shaping ambitious plans and have adopted a new legislation, which ensures prevention of atmospheric air pollution. 150 large enterprises have been obliged to ensure consistent monitoring, as an effort to protect atmospheric air; such constant monitoring will ensure that large, industrial cities have a cleaner air”. Within the new legislation, every large agro-amelioration will deploy atmospheric air quality management plans, which have already been introduced in Tbilisi and Rustavi. At 10 large agro-ameliorations of Georgia – detailed plans for air quality management will be elaborated, which will entail numerous programming and among these - decreasing emissions. Moreover, a special emphasis will be made on arranging green spaces, fostering ecological transport, tightening requirements on fuel and ensuring more recreational and green spaces” – Minister Davitashvili stated. Throughout the recent years, Tbilisi, Rustavi and Batumi have introduced new standards for atmospheric air monitoring, which ensures constant oversight through automatic stations; moreover, 25 cities undergo monitoring of air quality indicators, four times a year. The National Environmental Agency has joined forces with the United Nations Development Programme and the Swedish Government to undertake the project, which has resulted into development of air quality monitoring network development (roadmap), which has set forth future steps for enhancing the respective area nationwide; the respective roadmap also entails information on identifying number of new stations and their locations. The Government will develop and implement more than 10 comprehensive plans for atmospheric air improvement in those cities, which encounter challenges with air pollution. The efforts will result into the following actions:·      Creation of more recreational and green spaces;·      Enhancement of cleaner public transport;·      Improvement of fuel quality and tightening standards for decreasing emissions from transport;·      Full recovery and rehabilitation of the Krtsanisi Forest-Park;·      Arrangement of the South Caucasian Ecosystems and Recovery Center, as well as public space for environmental education;As an effort to decrease pollution from an industrial sector, the following actions will be undertaken:·      Deployment of the new requirements for enhancing air quality standards at an industrial sector, as adopted by the Parliament;·      Ensuring comprehensive oversight for polluter enterprises, at least once a year;·      By 2030, around 200 largest enterprises will deploy the best European technologies for eradicating pollution of air, water and soil. 
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Enhancing natural disasters’ monitoring system

Georgia will embark on the journey to develop an effective system of early warning and monitoring, which will aim at identifying natural geological and hydrometeorological occurrences. For ensuring goals/objectives, Georgia will install automatic meteorological, hydrological and geological stations, which shall increase existing monitoring network; moreover, geological and hydrometeorological threats’ zoning maps will also be drafted, which will safeguard population from threats and will ensure softening/protection of people from possible negative effects.  “Enhancement of environmental affairs is crucial, as we speak about environmental protection. The Ministry has been strengthening environmental protection capacities in a consistent manner. We have installed 27 automatic stations, which ensure complete information and constant monitoring. We will ensure monitoring of water at 200 locations, while soil pollution monitoring will span across around 70 spots. The new meteorological stations and radars will be set forth to obtain precise meteorological information, which is vital for an economic sector, including agriculture and our farmers. We will also increase observation over underground waters. All of these data will be processed for elaborating a better and high-quality policy and management systems.  Nationwide, more than 200 enterprises are cultivating new technologies in order to bring profoud changes toward decreasing effect on water, air and soil. This is our commitment with the European Union, within the Association Agreement” – Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr Levan Davitashvili stated.  “Environmental Protection and Rural Development 2030” is a long-term vision of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, presented by the Minister himself, at a greater detail. The event enjoyed presence of Mr Irakli Gharibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, members of the Parliament, representatives of the Government of Georgia, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, State Trustees, Diplomatic missions, international and donor organizations, stakeholder groups and academic institutions, as well as the farmers attended the presentation.  Upon the initiative of the Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr Irakli Gharibashvili, 10-year action plan of the Government will be translated into individual presentations developed by the Ministries; these agencies will present their visions, which will be scrutinized as guidelines for economic stability and strength of the State, throughout the following years.  The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia is the first Government agency, which has presented 10-year development plan of the field.
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