Restoring Forests for the Future

12 Nov 2013

imageChrister Michelsson - Ambassador of Finland in Georgia, Khatuna Gogaladze - Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, and Niels Scott - Head UNDP in Georgia, take part in tree planting. Photo: Vladimer Valishvili/UNDP

BORJOMI. 12 November 2013 – More than 16 hectares of pinewood and mixed forest burnt down during the August 2008 conflict will be brought back to life in Borjomi gorge. 22,500 trees will be planted in total.

The initiative runs with support from the Georgian Government, the Government of Finland and UNDP.

The preparation works for tree planting kicked off two months ago, in September 2013, when 120,000 m2 of land was cleared from bushes and the remnants of burnt trees, and the soil was prepared for sowing and planting. 17,000 seedlings have been planted and 60 kg seeds sowed so far.

Khatuna Gogaladze, the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, Niels Scott, UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia, Christer Michelsson, Ambassador of Finland in Georgia and Dimitri Beridze, Borjomi Governor visited the village of Daba on 12 November and took part in tree planting.

Contact Information

Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP Georgia, sophie.tchitchinadze@undp.org, +995 599 196907 (cell)

Inga Nikagosian, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, pr@moe.gov.ge, +995 577 293973 (cell)