Overview of current reform in natural resources management
In spring 2011 significant structural changes were carried out in the Georgian government. Instead of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Environment Protection and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources were formed. As a result of the structural changes the following structural units of former Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources were transferred to the Ministry of Energy: Environmental Protection Inspectorate; Investigation Department and Forest Agency (a legal entity of public law). Later these units were disbanded. The Agency of Natural Resources (a legal entity of public law) was set up at the new Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Forest management functions were transferred to the Agency. The latter is also in charge of hunting, fishing and mineral management issues (setting of license quotas, checking of license terms, etc.). Moreover, the function of selling the right to use natural resources was withdrawn from the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development and transferred to the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.