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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Workshop Institutional Capacity Building in the Area of Environment Protection

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On June 9, 2016 Green Alternative together with partner organization – Lithuanian Fund for Nature- organized workshop dedicated to nature conservation and sustainable forest governance issues in Georgia. The workshop took place in Hotel Tbilisi Marriott. 27 participants including specialists from MENRP, NFA, APA, Biodiversity service, NGOs, private sector, donor organizations and academic institutions took …

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Eight arrested in protest against Georgian dam

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Protests against large dams in Georgia's Svaneti mountains have led to confrontations with police. Locals are losing patience over the protracted consultation process on the project. Police special forces were deployed last Friday, 20 May to clear a blockade of an access road leading to the planned Nenskra dam site in Georgia’s northwest. The confrontation …

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Georgia swept by protests against EBRD-backed hydropower

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Protests have in recent weeks broken out across rural Georgia after construction resumed on several large hydropower projects financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). At the sites of the Shuakhevi, Nenskra and the Dariali hydropower plants (HPPs), demonstrators have complained that the projects were repeatedly decided behind closed doors, and that poor assessments of the social and …

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