Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
RDFG works through its Disaster Risk Disaster (DRR) Center to enhance the resilience of communities to disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards and promote the culture of prevention through provision of coordinated and systematic awareness-raising, capacity building and technical assistance in the field of DRR to communities, state and non-state actors at national and local levels.
Within close cooperation with Emergency Management Service (EMS) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, RDFG assists the Government of Georgia to adopt a proactive integrated Institutional and policy reform to ensure resilient communities to various types of multi-hazards.
With the help of donor organizations, we assist the government entities in emergency management capacity building, supporting them with relevant strategy documents development, aiming to improve the legal and regulatory environment in the country. This includes relevant policy statement, strategy, legislation/regulations, procedures, enforcement acts, codes of practice, protocols, guidance, and framework documents elaboration and implementation.
RDFG provides significant contribution to the institutional development of the national crisis management system of the country and nationwide information management systems development, facilitating introduction of inclusive and participative operational structure for emergency management and disaster risk reduction policies in rural areas as well as supporting municipal structures with contingency planning methodologies development. On community level RDFG introduces training modality for communities’ voluntary groups of the first responders and disaster management planning.
On all levels RDFG provides technical support in early waning system’s institutional development and respective policy making.
Within strengthening the national emergency management system, to provide the technical assistance, RDFG DRR Center closely partners with the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and other stakeholders to facilitate the enhancement of emergency management information system at the central and local levels in the country. Within the framework of the mentioned cooperation, RDFG’s disaster risks reduction and emergency management experts actively work with rural population – this includes permanent meetings with local communities and city halls representatives, assessing manmade and natural hazards, and elaborating local emergency plans.
Adaptation to Climate Change
Achieving environmental milestones, include thinking of climate change at every stage of our work. Over the past decade, climate change has reached alarming levels. It has become the biggest challenge for the world and the action of each of us can be crucial for having a future on earth. What we eat and how we produce this food, what we wear and how much we pollute the environment, where we get the energy from and how much water we consume every day – on all of these is depended on how long we will be able to use earth’s resources.
In our approach, we are working on the improvement of policies and decision-making based on the newest climate information, fostering the use of modern technologies and opportunities to save nonrenewable energy resources, raise awareness on renewable ones, and support MSMEs to adapt to the new reality created by the climate change.
Renewable energy sources are not the same as alternative energy sources. Renewable energy such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat is collected from renewable resources, while alternative one is a broader category encompassing all non-fossil-fuel-based energy sources and processes, of which renewable energies are only a part.
Considering the climate change challenge the world faces nowadays, RDFG works with rural populations and raise awareness on the importance of using renewable and alternative energy sources. We support the usage of solar panels, biogas, wind energy, biofuel, etc. in local economies with special focus on rural territories.
With huge expertise in climate change and natural and manmade hazards, RDFG supports smallholder farmers in climate-smart agricultural decision-making. RDFG’s smart approach helps communities to understand that the resources can be nonrenewable and agricultural activities should be carried out based on using as much energy resources, as needed. We emphasize the results of climate vulnerabilities and promote the protection of forests, water, and energy resources. We offer rural communities to have more comprehensive solutions, explaining the results of gas emissions, plastic, soil contamination, water pollution, etc.
Fumes, plastic, soil contamination, unused food, and cheap/substandard clothes are only few examples of the main drivers of climate change, thus, waste management is crucial for the whole world. RDFG works on identifying the sources of waste in our country and thinks of strategies on how to decrease the amount of pollution. Together with the government and private organizations, we are promoting the recycling of waste and creating the relevant facilities in the country, especially in the rural areas.
As natural resource management plays a vital role in the country’s rural development, RDFG works with local communities, governmental bodies, and the private sector, to establish relevant strategy on environmental challenges and proper use of natural resources. To support sustainable economic growth, local people need to see examples of success stories of utilizing nature conservation to increase economic benefits from sustainable agriculture, to get acquainted with how to preserve and harness natural resources to improve local economies.
The problem of balancing the usage, the management, and the protection of water forests and mineral resources, led us to establish awareness raising programs with the help of international experts and fostered working in close collaboration on natural resource management and environment protection policymaking with the line ministries, private and civil sectors.
Georgia is distinguished by the amount of water resources, however, in recent decades it has become especially important to manage water and use it properly, in the right amount, and for the right purposes. Water is a crucial fluid for any human being, hence, RDFG is fully committed ensuring sustainable and sufficient supply and usage. Notably, while working on the strategies, we are considering the difference in the needs of rural and urban populations.