National Discussion about Georgia's Strategy on Sustainable Urban Transport Kicks Off

May 19, 2017

Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Legal and institutional framework, and financial resources needed to promote sustainable urban transport in Georgia were in focus of a workshop on May 19, 2017.

The event brought together representatives of the Georgian Government, civil society, and 10 municipalities across Georgia – Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi, Rustavi, Gori, Mtskheta, Telavi, Poti, Akhaltsikhe and Zugdidi.

The workshop kicked off a series of national discussions that will continue till August 2017 and will lead Georgia to developing its first national strategy and policy framework of sustainable urban transport.

The initiative is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) in close partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia.

“National discussions will help shape the vision of the sustainable urban transport strategy, develop clear guidelines for municipalities, and identify institutional and financial mechanisms for coordinating sustainable urban transport on the national, regional and local levels,” said Nino Antadze, Environment and Energy Team Leader at UNDP in Georgia.

Experts from the Georgian non-governmental organization “Partnership for Road Safety” and the Dutch non-government organization MOVE Mobility presented the overview of urban transport in Georgia and informed about best practices probed in the European countries.

The work continued in the thematic working groups where the workshop participants discussed priorities of the sustainable urban transport strategy, required legislation and financial mechanisms.      

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