Assistance in safety improvement of tailings management facilities (TMF) in Armenia and Georgia


 

 

Agenda Participants Presentations Contact

 

The purpose of the third meeting of the Advisory Board is to discuss current project activities, prepared documents on legislation and methodology, safety measures for tailings in the UNECE region and further steps on the project.

The Conference is 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.

Our organization, 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.

Date: April 24-25, 2019
Location: Hotel “Old Tbilisi”, Tbilisi, Georgia;

Agenda

23.04.2019

  • Arrival of Participants
  • Hotel Check-In

 
24.04.2019

Project Advisory Board Third Meeting

To be held on 24-25 April, 2019

Venue: Hotel “Old Tbilisi”, Tbilisi, Georgia (Address: K.Tsamebuli Ave. 27, Tbilisi, Georgia)
Working languages: English, with simultaneous translation into Russian

09:30 – 10:00 Registration of participants
PART 1 Information about project current activities in Caucasus region

Chairman – Gerhard Winkelmann-Oei, Germany

10:00 – 10:15 Opening and welcome speech, overview of agenda
German Environment Agency (UBA), DRR center, RDFG, Georgia
10:15 – 10:25 Introduction of participants
10:25 – 11:00 Review of the TMF methodology on the recommendations from experts; TMF Checklist and THI: Changes and modifications

Dmytro Rudakov, Ukraine

11:00 – 11:30 Discussion, exchange of views
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 12:15 Contingency planning (Kura Warning and Alarm system ) with integrating TMF accidents

Kristine Sahakyan, Armenia

12:15 – 13:00 Review of:

  • Emergency Management Systems reform in Georgia and Armenia;
  • Cross boarder collaboration perspectives.
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
PART 2 Legislation part

Chair – Galyna Kovalchuk, Ukraine

14:00 – 14:15 General Key-issues for Legal Implementations to the Safety of TMF in former USSR-countries

Galyna Kovalchuk, Ukraine

14:15 – 15:00 Overview of legal assessment to TMF Safety in Georgia and general implications for legal regulation in former USSR-countries (Legislation and recommendations)

Shota Kublashvili, Georgia

15:00 – 15:30 Discussion, exchange of views
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 16:30 Update on Georgian legislation harmonization within the process EU Association Agreement  (Perspectives of project recommendations  adoption)

Malkhaz Dzneladze, Georgia

PART 3 Information about project next activities/steps

Chairman – Dmytro Rudakov, Ukraine

16:30 – 17:00 Information on holding of regional trainings in Armenia and Georgia (dates of provision, location, participants selection)

Kristine Sahakyan, Armenia
Vano Grigolashvili, Georgia

17:00 – 17:30 Wrap up
19:00 Official dinner

 

25.04.2019

PART 4 Other activities on tailings safety in the UNECE region

Chairman – Gerhard Winkelmann-Oei, Germany

10:00 – 10:30 Problems in Georgia with contamination (Compiling specific recommendations for Chiatura)

Konstantine Burjanadze, Georgia

10:30 – 10:50 Presentation “General information on the TMFs in Kazakhstan, addressing the legal regulation and current problems in the sector”; updating the inventory

Farkhat Seifulov, Khzakhstan

10:50 – 11:10 Presentation “General information on the TMFs in Kyrgyzstan, addressing the legal regulation and current problems in the sector”; updating the inventory

Altynai Murzabekova, Kyrgystan

11:10 – 11:40 Coffee break
11:40 – 12:40 –       further information regarding a pilot project on improving tailings safety in Kazakhstan and beyond, financed by Switzerland in 2018-2019 (Farkhat Seifulov, Khzakhstan);

–       Possible synergies between the on-going and planned projects and to agree how to support the project implementation.

12:40 – 13:20 Any other business

–       discussion on the project final workshop and draft agreement on the date and venue

13:20 – 13:30 Closing of the meeting
13:30 Lunch
  • City Tour (optional)
  • Departure of participants


Participants

Chairman

  • Gerhard Winkelmann-Oei, Germany
  • Other activities on tailings safety in the UNECE region

Speakers

  • Dmytro Rudakov, Ukraine
  • Review of the TMF methodology on the recommendations from experts; TMF Checklist and THI: Changes and modifications.

  • Kristine Sahakyan, Armenia
  • Contingency planning (Kura Warning and Alarm system ) with integrating TMF accidents

  • Galyna Kovalchuk, Ukraine
  • General Key-issues for Legal Implementations to the Safety of TMF in former USSR-countries

  • Shota Kublashvili, Georgia
  • Overview of legal assessment to TMF Safety in Georgia and general implications for legal regulation in former USSR-countries ( Legislation and recommendations)

  • Vano Grigolashvili, Georgia; Kristine Sahakyan, Armenia
  • Information on holding of regional trainings in Armenia and Georgia (dates of provision, location, participants selection)

  • Farkhat Seifulov, Khzakhstan
  • further information regarding a pilot project on improving tailings safety in Kazakhstan and beyond, financed by Switzerland in 2018-2019; Presentation “General information on the TMFs in Kazakhstan, addressing the legal regulation and current problems in the sector”; updating the inventory

  • Altynai Murzabekova, Kyrgystan
  • Presentation “General information on the TMFs in Kyrgyzstan, addressing the legal regulation and current problems in the sector”; updating the inventory

  • Malkhaz Dzneladze, Georgia
  • Update on Georgian legislation harmonization within the process EU Association Agreement  (Perspectives of project recommendations  adoption).

  • Konstantine Burjanadze, Georgia
  • Problems in Georgia with contamination (Compiling specific recommendations for Chiatura)

  • Altynai Murzabekova, Kyrgystan
  • Presentation “General information on the TMFs in Kyrgyzstan, addressing the legal regulation and current problems in the sector”; updating the inventory


Presentations


Contact

  • Vano Grigolashvili, Chairman, Association Rural Development for Future Georgia
  • Mob: +995 595 10 22 22
    Email: vgrigolashvili@rdfg.ge

  • Ketevan Gloveli, Project Assistant, Association Rural Development for Future Georgia
  • Mob: 995 598 65 68 89
    Email: kgloveli@rdfg.ge

Media contact:

  • Nina Kopaleishvili, Communications Officer, Association Rural Development for Future Georgia
  • Mob: +995 598 94 00 04
    Email: nkopaleishvili@rdfg.ge