Sustainable Livelihoods and Responsible Attitude to Environment


UNDP Georgia environmentPlanting pine trees on the first pilot plot. 2013. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP Georgia

A joint initiative of the Government of Georgia, Government of Finland and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aimed to bring back to life Borjomi forest heavily damaged by a wildfire during the  armed conflict in August 2008. The initiative also promoted agriculture, tourism and environmental education to boost economy and improve livelihoods. 

What We Do

 Forest restoration works in the village Daba. 2014. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP Georgia

80 hectares of the burnt forest have been restored with over 120 thousand seedlings of oak, pine and fir-trees. 60 hectares have been planted with assistance from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, National Forest Agency, Government of Finland and UNDP, and 20 hectares – with assistance from the Government of Austria. A pilot school nursery has been established to provide seedlings for reforestation and support young foresters.

The Government of Georgia took a lead in the reforestation works since the completion of the project in 2015. The replanted segments of forest are being maintained and safeguarded by the National Forest Agency. 


 Young environmentalists take part in a clean-up campaign in Tsaghveri. 2014. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Restoration of Forest Destroyed in the 2008 Conflict

  • Up to 80 ha of burnt forest cleaned, fenced and restored;
  • 120,000 seedlings planted;
  • Training and jobs for 30 local workers and 15 IDPs;

Environmental Education

  • Youth eco-clubs in Borjomi, Akhaldaba and Tsagveri;
  • First teachers’ guidebook in Georgian:”Environmental Education at School”;
  • Pilot programmes in water safety, waste management, forest management and biodiversity, energy efficiency, climate change, bio farming, healthy life-style;
  • More than 700 school kids, their families and teachers engaged in informal environmental education;
  • 50 public events, trainings and information campaigns;
  • Vertical gardens in 6 public schools and Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park;
  • More than 600 children enrolled in clean-up, planting, young rangers’ programmes;
  • 3 tons of waste paper and 250 kg PET waste collected by six eco-clubs;
  • Eco camps in Ureki, Lagodekhi, Kobuleti, Tskhaltubo for 120 children;
  • Youth Conferences “Human Influence on Environment” and “My Environment”;
  • 4 TV shows “Eco Vision”(Imedi TV) and 5 talk shows (Borjomi TV);

Eco Villages

  • Farmers’ Extension Centre in Tsagveri;
  • Training and consultancy to more than 100 farmers;
  • Organic farming assistance to 87 households;
  • More than 25 ha of land cultivated after 15 years of stagnation;
  • 3 agro farming cooperatives;
  • Vet Centre and lab in Tsagveri;
  • Wheat, berries, vegetable harvest increased by 20-30 %;
  • Farmers’ income increased by up to 25 %;

Energy Efficiency, Sanitation, Food Safety

  • Insulation and heating systems in Tsagveri public school and library;
  • Solar water heaters and eco toilets in Tsagveri kindergarten; 
  • 7 eco toilets for Tsagveri households;
Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Village Emergency Groups;
  • Municipal Emergency Groups;
  • Village profiles, resources and emergency plans;
  • Lobbyists to advocate Disaster Risk Reduction with the local municipality
  • Training in Disaster Risk Reduction: mobilization, models, vulnerability and capacity assessment, first aid, fire and rescue work, project writing and advocacy;  
  • Tsagveri Tourist Information Center;
  • Marking of 6 hiking trails (100km);
  • Information leaflets;
  • Map banner in Tsagveri;
  • Training for guides;
  • Rehabilitation of Tsagveri Park together with Borjomi Municipality and “IDS Borjomi Georgia”.

Who finances it

Government of Finland Euro 1,179,677 (US$ 1,505,593)


2014 US$ 701,908.99
2013 US$ 427,422.12
2012 US$ 184,755.00