On 7-8 October 2019, at Hotel “Lopota”, Georgia, The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) held workshop for discussing the steps towards the development of Pasture Management legislation. The workshop was organized with the support of GIZ within the project “Create Enabling Conditions for Establishment of State Program on Sustainable Pasture Management”.
Around 70 participants gathered to discuss the results of the study “Pasture Management Background Study – presentation: situation analysis, main challenges and prospective”.
The workshop was led by Ms. Maia Javakhishvili – Deputy Head of the Environment and Climate Change Department (Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia), opened by Chair of the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee – Mr. Kakhaber Kuchava, who stressed the importance of the pasture management and cross-cutting nature of the topic.
In this two-day forum stakeholders reviewed the available legal and institutional framework of pasture management in Georgia and the linkages of the pastures ecology and rangeland use available practices. The stakeholders also assessed the results of the pasture management economics in Georgia – economics of land degradation (ELD) case study providing additional information on feasible sustainable pasture management practices and the costs and benefits of adopting these.
The workshop joined by civil society representatives, international organizations (FAO, SDC, Mercy Corps, GIZ), Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, MRDI, Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee of Parliament, Administration of the State Attorney in Kakheti Region, adopted the synthesis of findings of the Pasture Management Background Study, including proposal for establishment of national pasture management platform to be facilitated by the Land Resources Protection Division of the Department of Environment and Climate Change (MEPA).
Workshop participants showed deep understanding of the importance of the national pasture management platform and expressed their willingness for continued cooperation in the future, highlighting that participatory organization of this platform will be very important for further development of Pasture Management Policy and Legislation in Georgia.