Clima East Project: Sustainable Management of Pastures in Georgia

Summary

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Pastures in the Vashlovani Protected Areas. December 2013. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

The initiative aims to rehabilitate 8,700 ha of degraded pastures, introduce and implement sustainable pasture management practices among farmers and sheep-breeders in the Vashlovani Protected Areas.

What We Do

With funds from the European Union, UNDP works with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and the national Agency for Protected Areas to implement complex activities, including:

  • Rehabilitation of pastures with different level of degradation;
  • Introduction of sustainable land management/pasture management practices;
  • Improvement of livelihoods of the local population.

Some results so far



UNDP established the project management team and conducted an inception workshop to define the area of cooperation with different stakeholders, such as: the Agency for Protected Areas, Ministry of Agriculture, Dedoplistskaro and Akhmeta municipalities, the administration of the Vashlovani Protected Area, one of the leading Georgian environmental NGOs NACRES, and international partners – World Wide Fund for Nature and U.S.Agency for International Development.

A preparatory stage of the project was completed by November 2013 with the following first results:

  • For the first time, a map consolidating information on vegetation types and their spread in the Vashlovani Protected Areas was created. The map was prepared based on GIS analysis and field trotting;
  •  A new accurate map was created based on hard copies of the soviet maps that specify the exact locations of farms and pastures;
  • A comprehensive assessment to study livelihoods of Tushetian shepherds and to examine their socio-economic attitudes, dependency on pastures, and opportunities for livelihood improvement was launched;
  • In Vashlovani Protected Area four sites with different vegetation types were fenced to draw out long-term pasture monitoring system and create appropriate methodology for botanical surveys.

Who finances it?

Total Budget US$  1,389,609
European Union US$   1,298,700
UNDP US$       26,900

Delivery

2013 US$ 114,709.79
Overview
Status:
Ongoing
Start date:
January 2013
End date:
December 2016
Geographic coverage:
Kakheti
Partners
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The project is funded by the European Union
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Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia

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Agency for Protected Areas

Millennium Development Goal
Ensure environmental sustainability
Project Document
  • Sustainable Management of Pastures in Georgia English
Related Publications
  • Use of Pastures: Legal and Institutional Aspects English
  • Feasibility Study English
  • Assessment of Pastures in Vashlovani National Park English
Contact Infromation

Tornike Phulariani, Project Manager

tornike.phulariani@undp.org

Cell: +995 591 701085

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia

6 Gulua Street

Tbilisi Georgia

Contact Person in UNDP

Nino Antadze

Environment and Energy Team Leader

nino.antadze@undp.org