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November 15, 2018

Upscaling Global Forest Watch in Caucasus Region

On November 13, 2018, inception workshop of Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funded project “Upscaling Global Forest Watch in Caucasus Region,” was organized at IOTA Hotel, Tbilisi.

Implementing agency of the project is UN Environment and executing partners are Word Resources Institute (WRI) and REC Caucasus (RECC).

The project has regional scope and will be implemented in all three South Caucasus countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The main objective of the workshop was to empower decision-makers in government and civil society with technology and information to help reduce deforestation, facilitate commitments to restoration and conserve forest biodiversity by developing innovative user-friendly tools that easily share information, provide on-the-fly analyses.

The meeting was opened by the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture - Mr. Iuri Nozadze. The Head at Forest Policy Service of MEPA  - Mr. Karlo Amirgulashvili presented country Forest Policy priorities and targets.

The representatives of WRI presented the schedule of the project development. The outcomes of the project will implement a forest and land management tool that can support the development and implementation of collaborative cross-sectoral integrated land use management plans, at the regional, national and sub-national scale. Furthermore, by applying approaches and tools that have been developed as elements of the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) for analysis of Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) opportunities and implementation strategies in the South Caucasus countries, the project will contribute to the improved understanding of the socio-economic benefits of FLR. 

On November 13, 2018, inception workshop of Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funded project “Upscaling Global Forest Watch in Caucasus Region,” was organized at IOTA Hotel, Tbilisi.

Implementing agency of the project is UN Environment and executing partners are Word Resources Institute (WRI) and REC Caucasus (RECC).

The project has regional scope and will be implemented in all three South Caucasus countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The main objective of the workshop was to empower decision-makers in government and civil society with technology and information to help reduce deforestation, facilitate commitments to restoration and conserve forest biodiversity by developing innovative user-friendly tools that easily share information, provide on-the-fly analyses.

The meeting was opened by the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture - Mr. Iuri Nozadze. The Head at Forest Policy Service of MEPA  - Mr. Karlo Amirgulashvili presented country Forest Policy priorities and targets.

The representatives of WRI presented the schedule of the project development. The outcomes of the project will implement a forest and land management tool that can support the development and implementation of collaborative cross-sectoral integrated land use management plans, at the regional, national and sub-national scale. Furthermore, by applying approaches and tools that have been developed as elements of the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM) for analysis of Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) opportunities and implementation strategies in the South Caucasus countries, the project will contribute to the improved understanding of the socio-economic benefits of FLR.