June 10, 2016

Promoting Green Economy in Georgia

Within the framework of Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference, Mr. Teimuraz Murgulia, First Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia held a meeting with Mr. Boris Erg, Director of IUCN Regional Office for Eastern European and Central Asia.
Georgia is a member of IUCN since 2008 and close bilateral cooperation has been established between the organization and our country. The parties discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation as well as the role of forest and landscape restoration and development of protected areas in supporting Green Economy. The important conservational value as well as their role in stimulating the economic development of the local population has been underlined.
With this regard, the parties have agreed to establish more intense collaboration in order to make protected areas more attractive for all stakeholders. IUCN agreed to elaborate and provide Georgia with a concept reflecting the mechanism of ecosystem restoration based on nature-based solutions in order to promote green economy of the country. Moreover, the emphasis has been put on the activities raising climate change mitigation and adaptation.