On April 24-25, 2019, the Advisory board third meeting of the project on tailing safety in Armenia and Georgia was held

On April 24-25, 2019, the Advisory board 3rd meeting of the tailing safety project in Armenia and Georgia was held. The purpose of the event was to discuss current project activities, prepare recommendations on the legislation regulating tailing management facilities and TMF checklist methodology, review safety measures for tailings in the UNECE region and further steps on the project.

The meeting was organized by the Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG), with the support from Armenian NGO “Eco Peace” and Advisory Assistance Program for Environmental Protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The event was attended by the advisory board members composed of experts in environment protection, emergency management, early warning system, hydrology and water protection, as well as state supervision authorities from Germany, Serbia, Hungary, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Georgia.

The representatives of the LEPL National Environmental Agency and Environmental Supervision Department under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia State Sub-Agency of Emergency Management Service, the LEPL National Agency of Mines under the Ministry of Economic and Sustainable Development of Georgia, LLC Georgian Manganese and Rich Metals Group (RMG) represented Georgia in the meeting.

The Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG), participates in a transboundary project “Assistance in safety improvement of tailings management facilities (TMF) in Armenia and Georgia”. Project goal is to contribute to the improvement and strengthening of national capacities of authorized/component agencies and industrial enterprises in Armenia and Georgia, to improve the management of disasters caused by industrial accidents, including by those with transboundary impact, to increase the level of preparedness of industrial enterprises, selecting industrial storage basins (tailings) as target facilities.

Project is financed by the German Federal Environment Ministry’s Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union. It is supervised by the German Environment Agency (UBA) and is implemented by the Armenian non-governmental organization “Eco Peace” in partnership with the Association Rural Development for Future Georgia.

Georgian component of the project is implemented in close collaboration with the LEPL National Agency of Mines under the Ministry of Economic and Sustainable Development of Georgia, LEPL National Environmental Agency and Environmental Supervision Department under the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia State Sub-Agency of Emergency Management Service, as well as private mining companies such as RMG Gold.

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