Sustainable Livelihoods and Responsible Attitude to Environment


UNDP Georgia environment
Forest Restoration kicked off in 2013 in Tsaghveri and Daba. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP Georgia

The areas of Akhaldaba and Tsaghveri of the Borjomi municipality in Georgia were heavily damaged by forest fires during the 2008 armed conflict. UNDP assistance focuses on promoting sustainable livelihoods, responsible attitude to environment, disaster risk reduction and restoration of burnt forest.

What We Do

Our complex assistance includes:

  • Income generation activities, particularly those related to safe environment;
  • Piloting alternative energy systems and energy efficiency measures;
  • Restoration of forest burnt by forest fires in armed conflict with Russia in 2008;
  • Informal environmental education through eco clubs, eco camps and green schools in line with the Government’s strategy: ‘Environmental Education for Sustainable Development’;
  • Community mobilization and training to ensure sound management of the natural resources.


Young environmentalists actively partiicpate in the clean up campaigns. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

Restoration of Forest Destroyed in the 2008 Conflict

  • Up to 80 ha of burnt forest cleaned, fenced and restored;
  • 80,000 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
Start date:
April 2012
End date:
December 2015
Geographic coverage:
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia
Funded by

Government of Finland

Millennium Development Goal
Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Project Document
  • Sustainable Livelihoods and Responsible Attitude to Environment
Contact Information

15 Paliashvili Street
Tbilisi 0179 Georgia

Contact Person

Asmat Lali Meskhi
Project Manager

Contact person in UNDP

Nino Antadze
Environment and Energy Team Leader