Reducing the risk of climate-driven disasters in Georgia

Assistance to establish an integrated climate risk management system in Georgia

Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Summary

UNDP, with financial support from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), assists the Government of Georgia to adopt a proactive integrated climate risk management (CRM) approach centred around risk reduction, prevention, and preparedness through the establishment of a multi-hazard early warning system and an enhanced use of climate information in planning and decision-making across all sectors. The initiative will address the main barriers to the establishment of a multi-hazard early warning system (MHEWS) and all other aspects of a priori climate risk management required to support an effective MHEWS.

The project will achieve transformative change in climate risk reduction and management in Georgia by development of a fully-integrated impact-based MHEWS system.  In doing so it will introduce a standardised hazard, risk and vulnerability assessment and mapping methods and technologies and provide critical climate risk information to enable the implementation of nation-wide risk reduction policies. Importantly, it will develop long-term institutional and community capacities in climate risk reduction (CRR), climate change adaptation (CCA) and MHEWS. 

Activities

In close cooperation with our partners - the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, National Environmental AgencyNational Food AgencyEnvironmental Information and Education CenterEmergency Management Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure we work to:

  • Upgrade and expand the hydrometeorological and agrometeorological monitoring network, and support establishment of a centralized multi-hazard risk information and knowledge system, consisting of national e-Library, databases, information systems and knowledge portal. Local-level detailed hazard mapping and risk and vulnerability assessment will be developed.

  • Address gaps in national coordination and institutional set up for effective EWS resulting in a functioning coordination mechanism and communication protocols for early warning. Capacities of decision-makers and national institutions involved in generating, processing, communicating and using the warnings and other climate information will be enhanced. National and local integrated Early Warning Systems by hazard and sectors will be developed and implemented.

  • Secure delivery and use of the early warnings and climate advisories with end-users. Communities’ capacity to effectively utilize the EWS information and products and respond to climate-related disasters through planning and implementing structural and non-structural resilience measures will be enhanced.  In addition, the project will implement priority structural intervention measures in high risk areas addressing most vulnerable communities (based on sound cost-benefit analysis using the socio-economic risk model) to reduce the risks that the EWS will be designed to address.

Contact information

Address

UN House
9, Eristavi Street
Tbilisi 0179 Georgia

Contact person

Ketevan Skhireli
Project Manager
ketevan.skhireli@undp.org

Nino Antadze
UNDP Environment and Energy Team Leader
nino.antadze@undp.org

Status:

Ongoing

Project start date:

December 2018

Estimated end date:

December 2025

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Georgia

    Implementing partner:

    GOVERNMENT

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • Green Climate Fund
  • Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation - Sdc
  • Amount contributed

    $6,508,337

    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $488,103

    2019 $1,090,759

    2018 $27

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