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

Project code: RDFG0027ASIT
Status: Completed
Donor: German Environment Agency (UBA)
Pillar(s): Disaster Risk Reduction
Start date: December 08, 2017
End date: October 30, 2019

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).

Target area(s): Georgia, Armenia

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Strengthening National Disaster Risk Reduction Capacities in Georgia

Project code: RDFG0014NEMISUNDPGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: The United Nations Development Programme
Pillar(s): DM/DRR/Climate Change, Children & Youth Engagement, Advocacy
Start date: March 05, 2015
End date: September 30, 2016

The overall objective of the “Strengthening National Disaster Risk Reduction Capacities in Georgia” project is to enhance national disaster risk reduction capacities for increasing the resilience to potential disaster risks by achieving the following two outputs: i. Disaster Risk Reduction and recovery related issues are mainstreamed in sectorial planning and national development programmes and frameworks; ii. National disaster preparedness capacities are strengthened for effective response at all levels.

Target area(s): Countrywide

Diplohack/UNDP Innovation Challenge

Project code: RDFG0010ICEUNDPGRT
Status: Completed
Donor: The United Nations Development Programme
Pillar(s): Children & Youth Engagement, Advocacy
Start date: March 24, 2014
End date: October 31, 2014

The project aims to support youth led or youth based organizations in defining best models of youth engagement in decision-making.

Target area(s): Countrywide

Training on Disaster Risk Reduction in 17 Schools

Project code: RDFG0003TDRRWVGEOSER
Status: Completed
Donor: World Vision International in Georgia
Pillar(s): DM/DRR/Climate Change, Children & Youth Engagement
Start date: March 01, 2012
End date: July 10, 2012

The overall goal of project was to increase awareness about the natural hazards at schools and provide information about disaster risk reduction measures. The following aspects of the disaster risk reduction were introduced to the project beneficiaries, teachers and students from 17 targeted schools: stages of mitigation and preparedness for disasters. In addition to these, the sessions on simple early warning systems at schools, roles of the school’s youth clubs in reduction of disaster risks, awareness raising about environmental protection, supporting implementation of disaster risk reduction measures and preparedness for disasters at schools were provided. DRR reading book/materials and introduction to Early Warning Systems was developed and issued for targeted beneficiaries;

Target area(s): Samtkhe-Javakheti, Imereti, Kakheti