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.

Some results so far

  • 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.

Who finances it

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


2014 US$ 1,083,513.95
2013 US$ 1,104,280.02
2012 US$     75,614
Start date:
May 2012
End date:
December 2016
Geographic coverage:
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia; National Environmental Agency
US$ 5,060,000
Funded by:
Adaptation Fund
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 13: Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Find out more about SDGs
Project Document
Success Stories
After the Flood. 2014

True stories of people whose lives have been affected by the recurrent floods in the Rioni River basin. 

Contact Information
Contact Person

Ivane Tsiklauri
Project Manager
Cell: +995 558 127227 


150, Agmashenebeli Ave.
National Environmental Agency
Tbilisi 0112 Georgia


Contact Person in UNDP

Nino Antadze
Environment and Energy Team Leader