Solar Energy in Machakhela Protected Area

Renewable Energy for Sustainable Forest Management and Community Resilience


The Colchic rainforests and wetlands, known as a ‘slice of the Amazon in Eurasia’, is a temperate broadleaf and mixed forests ecoregion located along the southeastern shore of the Black Sea. Machakhela National Park is one of the protected areas in Ajara created to conserve the unique Colchic rainforests that are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

With funding from the Government of Japan, UNDP helps protect the globally unique Colchic forest ecosystem in the Machakhela Protected Areas and reduce the risk of forest degradation caused by fuelwood over-exploitation, climate change and global human security challenges. 

The initiative contributes to Georgia’s commitment under its updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) - increasing the carbon capturing capacity of forests by 10% by 2030 compared to the 2015 level and reducing 50-57% of its total GHG emissions with international support by 2030 compared to 1990.

The project is part of UNDP's flagship Climate Promise initiative and addresses its global pillars:

  1. Clean energy and net zero pathways, promoting investments in clean energy and providing communities with biofuels from sustainably managed forests. 
  2. Scaling up adaptation, resilience and disaster risk reduction tools to leave no one behind.

what we do

In close partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Ajara Autonomous Republic and Khelvachauri Municipality, the project aims to enhance the protection of the forests, reduce climate change-associated risks and enable access to clean and affordable energy. 

With assistance from Japan, the initiative will introduce and promote solar energy technologies to over 1,300 direct beneficiaries from households of the Machakhela Protected Landscape with the primary target audience of local women as household caretakers.  


Contact information

Contact persons

Irakli Goradze
Project Manager 

Nino Antadze
UNDP Environment and Energy Team Leader

Project details

Start dateApril 2023
End dateMarch 2024
Focus areaEnvironment & Energy
Implementing partnersMinistry of Agriculture of Ajara A/R. Khelvachauri Municipaity
DonorGovernment of Japan
BudgetUS$ 545,000