Critical review and recommendations on the Draft Environmental Assessment Code of Georgia (About the version published by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia in September 2015 for public consultation)

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In early September, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia released a revised version of the new draft normative act regulating the environmental impact assessment (EIA) system. The package of draft legislative acts released for public consultation included the following acts: – Draft Environmental Assessment Code of Georgia; – Draft law amending …

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Association Green Alternative and CEE Bankwatch Network Joint Comments on Nenskra HPP Construction and Operation Project EIA Report

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The Georgian Partnership Fund, a state-owned investment fund commissioned the consulting company “Gamma Consulting” to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the construction of a 280 MW hydropower plant project on the River Nenskra and Nakra valleys of Mestia Municipality. JSC Nenskra, subsidiary of Partnersip Fund, is appointed to implement the project.  …

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Corporations and the wealthy, politically-exposed people connected to the Khudoni dam in Georgia

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This briefing paper sheds light on the murky background behind the company contracted to build and operate the Khudoni hydropower plant in Georgia, Trans Electrica Limited, registered in the British Virgin Islands. Based on research of public documents such as entries in business registries and government agreements, the paper outlines the web of companies, politicallyexposed …

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Preliminary comments on the Nenskra hydropower plant Environmental and Social Impact Assessment consultation process

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On June 15-21, 2015, CEE Bankwatch Network organised a fact finding mission to the Nenskra hydropower plant (HPP) in the Upper Svaneti region of western Georgia in order to establish whether the environmental impact assessment (EIA) documentation and the consultation process are in line with standards of the international financial institutions (IFIs). See more 

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Georgia and European Energy Community – The Challenges of EU integration

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The report Georgia and European Energy Community – The Challenges of EU integration aims to raise awareness of Georgian citizens and decision makers on the advantages and benefits of the European Energy Treaty in EU integration process. In order to achieve its aim, the report describes and analyses the legislative framework of the European Energy Community, …

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Two years in government: Georgian Dream’s performance review

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The 1 October 2012 parliamentary elections established a new ruling parliamentary majority and brought the Georgian Dream Coalition in the executive power. As part of its pre-election promises, the new government pledged to undertake major reforms and changes in almost all aspects of governance, including: depolitization of the governance system, removing undue pressure from the …

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Green Alternative’s Comments and Recommendations On Draft Law on Environmental Impact released by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia on May 1, 2015 for Public Discussion

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I. General remarks 1. It is unclear why “Environmental Impact” was selected as the title of the draft law, while the objective of the draft law is (or should be) protection of the environment from negative impacts. Similarly, it is unclear why “Environmental Impact Permit” was left as the title of the permit.     2. Neither …

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Georgia’s hydropower revolution far from rosy for communities, the environment and the economy

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Georgia's hydropower revolution far from rosy for communities, the environment and the economy. For Shuakhevi as with other large dams recently built or planned in Georgia, it all adds up for western planners and financiers. The final bill for the Georgian population and environment, though, is still a long way from being finalised. The latest …

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Natural Resource Management and Factors Conducive to Elite Corruption

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Green Alternative prepared three research reports within the framework of the coalition project Detection of Cases of Elite Corruption and Governmental Pressure on Business implemented with the support of Open Society Georgia Foundation. Three reports were prepared in frames of this project: 1. Madneuli above the Law, which discusses the activities of the companies involved in …

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Green Alternative’s position on the termination of the Khudoni hydropower plant agreement

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On 28 April 2011 the Government of Georgia, Trans Electrica Limited, Trans Electrica Limited (Georgia), Energotrans Ltd and Electricity System Commercial Operator signed an agreement on the construction of a 702 MW hydropower plant in Zemo Svaneti  in the Mestia municipality, hereinafter  referred to as the ‘agreement’. The project envisages the construction of a 200m …

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