Disaster Risk Reduction DRR – Ongoing projects

Working with the local communities to increase their resilience to disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards and promoting the establishment of strategic and systematic disaster management approaches on regional and central levels of government.

Ongoing projects Completed projects
Elaboration of Legal and Institutional Framework for Multi-Hazard Early Warning System and Climate Information in Georgia

Donor:The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Green Climate Fund (GCF), Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO)
Start/End date: October 2019 – September 2020
Location: Georgia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with financial support from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), assists the Government of Georgia to adopt a proactive integrated climate risk management (CRM) approach centered around risk reduction, prevention, and preparedness through the establishment of a multi-hazard early warning system and an enhanced use of climate information in planning and decision-making across all sectors. The initiative will address the main barriers to the establishment of a multi-hazard early warning system (MHEWS) and all other aspects of a priori climate risk management required to support an effective MHEWS.

Association Rural Development for Future Georgia’s (RDFG) Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Center is actively involved in the development of climate risk regulatory framework and institutional framework for Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS) in Georgia. After the completion of relevant works, the mentioned framework will include relevant Policy statement, Strategy, Legislation/Regulations, Procedures, Enforcement Acts, Codes of Practice, Protocols, Guidance, and Framework documents. In conclusion, the research and relevant recommendations for improving the early warning system will be presented to the project.

The project is implemented under the UNDP Strengthening the Climate Adaptation Capacities in Georgia project. The project is funded by the Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) in the South Caucasus and aims to reduce expose and vulnerability of communities in Georgia, through the development of multi-hazard risk information to be based on sound regulatory frameworks. The project is implemented by the consortium of three Czech organizations – Global Change Research Institute (CzechGlobe) as a lead organization in partnership with T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, public research institution (TGM WRI) Dekonta – and the RDFG.

Contact persons
Vano Grigolashvili – Chairman, RDFG; vgrigolashvili@rdfg.ge
Shota Kublashvili – DRR and Emergency Management Expert, RDFG; skublashvili@rdfg.ge


  1. Youth Component;
  2. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Component;
  3. Professional Orientation and Career Guidance Project.

Donor: USAID
Start/End date: Winter 2018 – Spring 2020
Location: Shida Kartli, Kvemo Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Kakheti.
USAID Zrda Activity is a five-year program designed to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in target regions by improving MSME growth, increasing productivity of rural households, facilitating market linkages between producers and buyers and promote local economic development by establishing and strengthening networks. As a result, Zrda will create jobs and increase sales for MSMEs and incomes for households, bolstering the resilience and livelihoods of the target communities. Zrda targets communities in proximity to the administrative boundary lines and communities with ethnic minority populations:

  1. USAID Zrda Youth Component – The Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Program implemented by RDFG aims to strengthen rural youth through entrepreneurship.
    All in all, 5 hundred young people (age of 18-29) living in the 9 target municipalities will be engaged in the project. The training sessions will be implemented on the basis of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) entrepreneurial-training manual. After the first stage, the project participants will be required to present their business ideas related to Agriculture, Tourism, Innovations/Technologies and Creative Industry.
    Within the second stage, the authors of 15 entrepreneurial ideas or the group of authors will be invited to the boot camp where during 6-7 days they will have an opportunity to attend the intensive training sessions and work on turning their own ideas into the business projects. At the end of the boot camp, the jury will reveal 3 winner business projects that will be awarded with grants:

    • 10 000 GEL
    • 8 000 GEL
    • 6 000 GEL

    The key outputs of the project:

    • At least 5 hundred rural youth will undergo entrepreneurship trainings;
    • At least 5 new enterprise will be created, 25 people will be employed.
    Contact person
    Revaz Javelidze – Networking/ Youth Engagement Team Leader, RDFG
    E-mail: rjavelidze@rdfg.ge

  3. One of the main aims of the USAID Zrda is to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in target regions. As it is impossible to support the sustainable economic development without creating safe environment, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Component consists of disaster risk reduction activities on the local level, elaborating municipal emergency management plans according to modern standards and implementing relevant methods at the level of instructions. Within the project, DRR activities are being implemented by the Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG) and RDFG DRR Center.
    Contact person
    Shota Kublashvili – RDFG Emergency Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Expert
    E-mail: skublashvili@rdfg.ge
  4. In the framework of the USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia and EU-funded ENPARD Programme, Association Rural Development for Future Georgia ‘s (RDFG) Professional Orientation and Career Guidance Project aims at raising awareness about vocational education and career growth among school students (14-18 years old, at least 350 young people). The specific object of the project is to help young people to make decisions about their educational and professional choice, assist them in managing their careers. The Project is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.
    Contact person

    Revaz Javelidze – Networking/ Youth Engagement Team Leader, RDFG
    E-mail: rjavelidze@rdfg.ge
    Nelly Revazishvili – RDFG Rural Development Project Manager
    E-mail: nrevazishvili@rdfg.ge

Assistance in safety improvement of tailings management facilities (TMF) in Armenia and Georgia
Donor: German Environment Agency (UBA)
Start/End date: December, 2017 – October, 2019
Location: Georgia, Armenia
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.
At the first stage of the project “Analysis of existing legislation related to the management of tailings in Georgia“ was developed, based on which recommendations were given for amendments to the national legislation. In addition, recommendations were prepared as a regulatory on TMF management for the former Soviet Union countries. Moreover, in the framework of the project, the condition of the Kvirila River basin in Imereti region was studied, based on which the document “Analysis and Recommendations on Water Quality and Pollution of the Kvirila River Basin” was developed. This document has been submitted to the members JEG (Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents) of the UNECE and other international experts. The Joint Expert Group (JEG) operates in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes and the convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents.
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 neighboring 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 (RDFG).
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 State Sub-Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia – Emergency Management Service, as well as private mining companies such as “Georgian Manganese LLC” and Rick Metals group (RMG).
Contact persons
Vano Grigolashvili – Project Manager, RDFG DRR Center Chairman
E-mail: vgrigolashvili@rdfg.ge
Keti Gloveli – Project Assistant, RDFG
E-mail: kgloveli@rdfg.ge