The project is initiated by Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection (MoENRP) of Georgia
The Environmental Ministry of Georgia was established in 1991. One of the main goals of the ministry is to contribute to the country’s sustainable developmental; organize the environmental planning system; develop and establish national environmental policy, target programs, environmental strategy for sustainable development, national action plan and managemet plans; protect and maintain atmospheric air, water, land, mineral and biodiversity resources, as well as rare, endangered species of flora and fauna, unique landscapes and ecosystems characterising the counrty, manage nationalally the waste and chemical substances (regulation, licensing, recording, supervision and control); carry out the national and international obligations of environmental character within its competencies.
Concerning the aspect of public relations, the ministry ensures the public accessibility to the environmental information, the public participation in environmental decision-making as well as promotes the environmental education and the rising of environmental awareness.
The project is financed by Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided over $17 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $88 billion in financing for more than 4000 projects in 170 countries. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues.
The implementing agency is the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
UN Environment work encompasses:
- Assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends
- Developing international and national environmental instruments
- Strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment
The mission of the UN Environment is “To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.”
The project is executed by the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus)
The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) is an independent, non-for-profit organisation , established within the framework of the “Environment for Europe Process” based on the decision made at the Sofia Ministerial Conference in 1995. The founding document of REC Caucasus – its Charter – was signed in September 1999 by the governments of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and the European Union. In March 2000 REC Caucasus was officially registered as an independent, not-for-profit, non-advocacy foundation in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The mission of the REC Caucasus is determined as “to assist in solving of environmental problems in the Caucasus region through the promotion of co-operation at national and regional level among NGOs, governments, business, local communities, and all other environmental stakeholders, in order to develop a free exchange of information, in line with the principles of the Aarhus Convention; offer assistance to all environmental NGOs and other stakeholders; and increase public participation in the decision-making process, thereby assisting the states of the Caucasus in the further development of a democratic civil society