Borjomi Forest Comes Back to Life

08 Aug 2014

imageShombi Sharp, Deputy Head of UNDP in Georgia and Elguja Khokrishvili, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia visit the village Daba to see forest restoration works. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

8 August 2014. Representatives of the Georgian Government and the United Nations Development Programme joined the works in Borjomi gorge to bring back to life 60 ha of forest destroyed in the August 2008 conflict.

Elguja Khokrishvili, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia; Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of UNDP in Georgia; Akaki Machutadze, Samtskhe-Javakheti Governor and Dimitri Kipiani, Head of the Borjomi Municipality, visited the village Daba where the Government of Georgia, Government of Finland and UNDP work together to restore the forest burnt down in the war. 

More than 17.5 thousand trees, including for pine trees and mixed forest, have been planted in the area since 2013. More than 16 hectares of land has been fenced and cleared from bushes and burnt trees.The soil has been recovered and prepared for planting. Cleaning, fencing and soil recovery works are now ongoing on 40 hectares. Planting will follow in October.

Local residents take active part in the restoration of forest. Thirty people from the village Daba received the specialised training and are now employed on cleaning and fencing works.

Wildfire in August 2008 totally or partially destroyed 950 hectares of forest. This damage heavily affected the unique ecosystem of the Borjomi gorge as well as the livelihoods of the local villages. The joint initiative of the Government of Georgia, Government of Finland and UNDP aims to launch the forest restoration process and assist local communitiesin economic and social recovery.

Contact Information

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

Maia Sikharulidze, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, pr@moe.gov.ge, +995 577 343355 (cell)