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Levan Davitashvili: Forest Code is an important document, therefore, it needs further discussions and support from MPs

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture works on the Forest Code" -said the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Levan Davitashvili. According to him, presumably, by the end of the week the new code will be submitted to the government."We have spoken openly about forest related issues, reiterating, that the issue of sustainable forest management is very complex. There are many problems in the forest management system in Georgia. At present, the forest is used only for social purposes, while the forest has economic, social and ecological functions as well. We should manage forests through using sustainable forest management principles. Our reforms cover several directions and is related to the regulation of the legislation. I think we will represent the new forest code next week that will create a new legislative basis for sustainable forest management. The Code is an important document, therefore it needs further discussions and support in Parliament "said Levan Davitashvili.According to the Minister, today forest is used only for domestic heating purposes, changes should be implemented in this regard. Levan Davitashvili noted, that above mentioned issue requires a serious reform and Prime Minister will highlight the importance of this issue in eco-politics.
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Grape harvest 2018

The promotion of the viticulture and wine industry remains one of the main priorities of the Government of Georgia. Considering the current state of the wine industry, the grape harvest 2018 will be conducted under specified market conditions, that means, that a government will not interfere in the “market price system” and wine companies set prices for grape independently, accordingly this will be the first grape harvest over the last 10 years that has not been subsidized by the state. " The government of Georgia keeps promise not to subsidize the grape harvest this year. The viticulture has become one of the successful and developed sectors in the country as a result of the effective policy implemented by Georgian government in recent years, that is indicated in increased exports and growing number of wine producing companies, success of Georgian wine in exhibitions and competitions held in different countries around the world "- said Levan Davitashvili at the end of the government meeting. In 2017, Georgia exported 76.7 million bottles, which is the record number for the last 30 years. Export growth is maintained within 6 months - 38,2 million bottles of wine are exported in 48 countries of the world, which is 21% more than it was in 2017. In 2013-2017 grape harvest was conducted in an organized manner, thereby, grape growers faced no problems in storing, delivering or processing grapes. The increasing trend of cultivation of new vineyards was observed along with the growing demand for unique grape varieties. All of the above mentioned gives the basis, that 2018 harvest will be successful and organized and grape growers will not face problems regarding selling of grapes. Therefore, coordination centers to organize grape harvest will be established just like previous years,  which will be comprised of the representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, National Wine Agency, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Agricultural Projects Management Agency and State Trustees - Governors (Kakheti, Racha- Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti regions). The function of the Coordination center is to promote the organization of grape harvest, ensuring accountability and traceability, which is the prerequisite to produce quality products. More than 100 enterprises will receive grape on the basis of an electronic accounting system implemented by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture since 2013. The grape harvest coordination center and hot line (1501) will be available for 24 hours a day during the harvest season. Ampelographers well be invited to check the accuracy while identifying the grape varieties.
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Georgian Government Approved the Atmospheric Air Standard

The modern European standards to assess atmospheric air quality throughout the country will enter into the force from August 1, 2018."We have adopted a European level standard on the marginal norms in the air, on the norms of pollutants in the air. Here are definitions of different types of pollutants, including heavy metals and dioxides. Henceforth, We will have an opportunity to assess atmospheric air according to the European principles”- said the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Levan Davitashvili.This standard is a part of a huge environmental policy - cited as a ''step forward'' by the Prime Minister. We will make a very complex presentation on the development of Green Policy, Green Economic Policy and Development of a Green Economics in Georgia, "said the Minister of Environmental Protection And Agriculture Levan Davitashvili at the end of the government session.The Ministry of Environmental protection and agriculture has installed a special automatic monitoring system and mobile automatic stations to measure pollution levels and monitor atmospheric air quality in the country. Moreover, through local and mobile stations the Ministry will upgrade and extend the air quality monitoring network .A modern automated monitoring network in the country allows to assess the air quality according to the European standards. It should be noted, that introduction of European standards of air quality meets the requirements of the Association Agreement signed between the EU and Georgia.Furthermore, a special web-portal will be launched where citizens will get information about the air quality in certain locations online.
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According to the data of July 23, Georgia has exported 9000 tonnes of peaches

According to the data of July 23, Georgia has exported 9000 tonnes of peaches, which is 3.4 thousand tons (61%) more than we had in the previous year. The products are mainly exported to the Russian Federation (71.8%), Armenia (17.9%), Azerbaijan (8.0%), as well as in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.The coordination center, which organizes peach delivery and selling process operates in Gurjaani, Kakheti region. The group composed of the representatives of the informational-consulting center of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, as well as specialists of phyto sanitary field will be engaged in the peach harvesting process. The group will provide measures to prepare/issue necessary export documents under the frame of the ‘’Single Window’’ principles.
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Levan Davitashvili paid a visit to Samtskhe-Javakheti region

The Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Levan Davitashvili accompanied by the Governor of Samtskhe-Javakheti region, Kakha Samkharadze visited Samtskhe-Javakheti region, where they met with the regional media representatives (print media, internet). The Minister provided them with the information, regarding large fire which began on August, 2017 in village Daba and drew his attention to the project aiming to repair the fire damaged forest. The rehabilitation works will start in September, 2018-was noted at the meeting.In May, the fire damage restoration and cleaning, including repairing of the fence and anti-erosion and restoring activities in the fire damaged areas as well as repairing and cleaning of the fire paths was carried out. In autumn - mid-September planting works will be started. The fire perimeter is consisted of 943 hectares. The significant part of the territory is the burnt area-the consequence of the hostilities during the 2008 war. 250 ha will be restored in the first phase (2018-2019). From September, 2018, the growing of plants and planting of seedlings will be started.  144 ha will be restored in the forest, up to 400 000 saplings will be planted. Since last year a commission has been studying and evaluating the situation in the fire damaged areas. Complex study has been carried out, including geological laboratory survey of soil conducted by the’  ‘’Anaseuli’’ LTD Adam Beridze Soil and Food Diagnostic Center, which was requested by the National Forestry Agency.The specialists of the National Forestry Agency prepared the forest restoration project considering the results and field monitoring. The forest recovery is a specific, difficult and long-term process, the works will be carried out according to the project including the supervision of forest specialists. The local residents will be employed just like the previous years.The main goal of the forest restoration project is to restore the original forest ecosystem in the valley, for which only local seedlings are fitted. The seedlings of the deciduous and coniferous trees are produced in the National Forestry Agency's nurseries. Container seedlings produced in the LEPL National Nursery is also used for forest restoration.
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Meeting with the Scholars of International Education Center

Maia Tskitishvili and  Levan Davitashvili together with the graduates will be the members of the Board of Association of Scholarship of the International Education Center of Georgia. The presentation was held under the frame of the annual forum of scholars in Gudauri resort. Together with the members of the government, the forum included scholars of the International Education Center and five scholarship winners of the 2018-2019 academic year. The Association will work in different directions and will build an effective cooperation between the center's scholars and state structures. "650 beneficiaries, who have obtained higher education in the leading educational institutions around the world are considered as a very interesting human resource. I would like to kindly ask you to inquire about job vacancies announced by our Ministry and sub-agencies. We need young people equipped with appropriate knowledge and skills, who have new approaches and vision towards many things, we need young knowledgeable staff in the regions, especially in the mountainous regions" said Maia Tskitishvili, the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia.''You are our valuable asset and our country will use this human resource. We see a big potential for further cooperation and this cooperation embraces many directions. I see great opportunities that will enable you to put your knowledge into practice" -said Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture.The International Education Centre of Georgia (IEC) was established in 2014 and since that time it has awarded Georgian citizens willing to study abroad with hundreds of scholarships. Up to 150 beneficiaries have already completed their studies. According to the rules of grant, graduates, graduates of Master's, Doctoral and Qualification   Assurance programs are returning to their homeland and work in the relevant field for at least 3 years.
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A New Office of the Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Safety was opened in Tbilisi

The First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Nodar Kereselidze hosted the members of the United Nations Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Delegation.Nodar Kereselidze thanked the Head of the Delegation, Stephen Burns for his visit and expressed gratitude for technical and financial assistance provided by the United Nations Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to Georgia."It should be noted, that the Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Safety was established not long time ago, although through support of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) it is developing rapidly. Within the frame of the memorandum signed between the agencies, effective cooperation is actively underway " - Nodar Kereselidze said.Georgia has taken efficient steps towards nuclear and radiation safety and the results achieved in this direction are obvious -was noted by Stephan Burns.Important steps have been taken to develop legislative initiatives and regulations, which is a fundamental issue to strengthen the effectiveness and improve the efficiency of the Agency -was noted by the Head of LEPL Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Safety, Vasil Gedevanishvili.Within the frame of the visit, the delegation members visited the office of the Agency of Nuclear and Radiation Security (address: Tsinamdzgvrishvili str. N:  200, Tbilisi).