Pastures rehabilitation in the Vashlovani Protected Areas. 2014. Photo: Antinio di Vico/UNDP

UNDP’s programmes in Georgia cover key areas of environment protection and disaster management. Some key areas of our assistance include:

  • Climate change risk assessment, mitigation and adaption measures
  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Sustainable management of protected areas
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Gradual elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) that harm the environment and negatively affect people’s health
  • Energy efficiency and the effective use of renewable energy resources, such as hydro power, solar and bio mass energy
  • Protection of the ozone layer
  • Restoration of forests
  • Improvement of watershed management of the Kura-Aras river basin

Borjomi Forest Back to Life

 Forest restoration near the village Daba. 2014. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Borjomi Gorge is an environmental heritage of Georgia. Stunningly beautiful and environmentally diverse, it is a source of livelihood, employment and income for local villages, opportunity to develop organic farming and rural tourism.

The unique ecosystem of the Gorge has been heavily damaged during the war in 2008 when wildfire destroyed more than 950 hectares of forest.

To repair environmental damage and speed-up economic and social recovery of the region, Georgia received support from UNDP and the Government of Finland.

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Tbilisi Flood

 Thousands of volunteers join hands to clean-up the territory hit by the flood and help those who suffered most. 2015. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

During the torrential rains on 13-14 June, 2015, Tbilisi was hit by a major flash flood that brought significant damage and caused loss of life through a large swath in the middle of the city.

The flood took the lives of 19 people, and left 280 others homeless, destroying and damaging houses, roads and buildings across the central areas of the city closest to the flooded Vere River. UNDP and the World Bank assisted the Government of Georgia to assess post-disaster needs for short, medium and long term recovery. 

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