Case Study – Gender impacts of Nenskra hydro power plant

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The World Commission of Dam (WCD) reveals that construction of reservoirs and associated infrastructure may impact woman and man disproportionately. “Given the gender-blindness of the planning process, large dam projects typically build on the imbalance in existing gender relations. For affected communities dams have widened gender disparities either by imposing a disproportionate share of social …

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Ambient Air Quality Challenges In Georgia and European Union

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This policy brief reflects the key issues of the related to the ambient air quality protection in Georgia, national legislation compliance with EU legislation and existing challenges. As there is clear lack about the state of air quality in the European Union, as well as on the air pollution impact on human health and economy, …

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Monitoring Report on Implementation of Environmental Commitments under Georgia EU Association Agenda 2014-2016

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The EU-Georgia Association Agreement was signed on June 27, 2014. The agreement establishes the framework for cooperation between Georgia and the European Union. Under the agreement, Georgia undertakes to implement reforms and to progressively approximate its legislation in the relevant sectors with about 300 legal acts of the European Union (gradually, in compliance with the …

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Comments from Green Alternative to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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The following are comments from the Green Alternative to the EBRD draft country strategy for Georgia released on August 3, 2016. We hope that our comments will be taken into account and the final strategy will address properly existing challenges facing Georgia will result in funding environmentally and socially sound projects and programs. The draft …

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Comments from Green Alternative to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on the draft Strategy for Georgia

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The following are comments from the Green Alternative to the EBRD draft country strategy for Georgia released on August 3, 2016. We hope that our comments will be taken into account and the final strategy will address properly existing challenges facing Georgia will result in funding environmentally and socially sound projects and programs. The draft …

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Updated briefing paper on Nenskra Hydropower Plant project

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The Asian Develoment Bank (ADB) together with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is in the process of assessing a loan for the 280 megawatt Nenskra hydropower plant (HPP) in the Svaneti region of Georgia. The project is proposed to be built by a Korean investor K-Water. …

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How not to Manage Garbage.

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Not only Batumi resort area, but also the Black Sea suffers because of wrong management of household wastes. Batumi landfill site is located along the Tchorokh River, in a distance of 2 km from the coast of the Black Sea and around 3 km away from Batumi International Airport. The landfill site is not fenced, …

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GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM LEGISLATIVE CONTROL IN GEORGIA

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In June 2014 Georgia signed Association Agreement with the EU thus laying grounds for new cooperation legal framework. By signing the document Georgia has committed itself to carry out, within a specific timeframe, reforms in various areas. A range of issues has been identified in Nature protection, referring to habitat and species protection, wildlife and …

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New mudflow hits Georgian village as rainy season reveals poor assessment of hydropower plans

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As rains cause mudflows in Georgia's mountains, locals from different regions unite to protest hydropower developments in geologically unstable areas. In the night of June 30, strong mudflow hit the village of Nakra in Upper Svaneti, in Georgia’s Caucasus mountains, damaging several properties and destroying two bridges. Caused by torrential rains the mudflow from the …

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HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS AND CHALLENGES FACED BY GEORGIA

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Chemicals are used in industry, agriculture, and in the household. However, certain chemicals may be dangerous to the environment and human health, and their misapplicaton will cause severe damage. Respectively, proper management of chemicals is very important. A comprehensive law on chemicals – REACH regulations – is in force in the European Union. REACH aims …

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