Climate Resilient Flood and Flash Flood Management


 Shoreline protection with rock boulders at the Rioni River banks. 2015. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Georgia is highly prone to hydro-meteorological threats that have become more frequent and intensive over time as a result of climate change. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Adaptation Fund assist the Government of Georgia to introduce climate resilient economic practices and adaptation measures in most vulnerable regions of the country.

What We Do

In partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and National Environment Agency, UNDP and the Adaptation Fund focus on the Rioni River basin, one of Georgia’s most vulnerable regions susceptible to various extreme climate events in the country.

Our assistance targets the following key areas:  

  • Development of policies to promote resilience to flood and flash flood risks.
  • Introduction of the flood managements practices to the local communities.
  • Establishment of an early warning system to improve preparedness and adaptation of the local population.


  • A topographic survey of the Rioni channels.
  • A series of research and desk studies to provide the complete and credible information about the hydro-meteorological threats in the Rioni Basin. This includes the analysis of all existing datasets related to the Rioni Basin, scoping exercise to identify high risk areas in three municipalities, GIS analysis of the Rioni Basin to support hydrological and hydraulic modelling, and geomorphological and geotechnical studies.
  • Digitalization the historic information about the Rioni Basin, including the data on floods, flash floods, mudflows, landslides and other natural hazards. 
  • Assistance to the  Government of Georgia in revising the legislation on land use and building codes and standards.
  • Floodplain zoning policy framework for Rioni river basin.
  • Flood risk socio-economic model for 18 municipalities in Rioni river basin.
  • Ten flood defense structures at high flood risk sites in six pilot municipalities.
  • Modern flood forecasting and early warning system in Rioni river basin.

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Who finances it

Total Budget US$ 5,060,000
Adaptation Fund US$ 4,900.000
UNDP US$ 160,000


2016 US$ 1,158,008.66
US$ 1,586,858.09
2014 US$ 1,083,572.12
2013 US$ 1,088,493.08
2012 US$     75,614.64

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