What environmental and agricultural plans will be fulfilled in 2019?

One of the plans are to create windbreaks in the municipalities of Gardabani, Gori and Kareli. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 07 Mar 2019 - 17:18, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture Levan Davitashvili has revealed his office’s plans for 2019 while delivering a speech at the Parliament of Georgia.

This year windbreaks are planned to be created in the municipalities of Gardabani, Gori and Kareli, in order to maintain the fertility of the land and provide better yield in rural areas. Last year 6.5-km long windbreaks have been built in Dedoplistkaro municipality.

Starting this year all manufacturers in Georgia who place a product onto the market will be obliged to reduce negative environmental impact that may follow its production, use, waste recovery or disposal.

This will be regulated by the new Waste Management Code that was adopted in Georgia in 2014 and enters into force from 1 December 2019.

In 2019 the area of Georgia’s protected areas will be increased by 190,000 hectares. Also this year, new eco-tourism infrastructure Okatse waterfall will be opened for the visitors that aims to increase the flow of tourists in Imereti region.

Davitashvili said that according to the researches only five protected areas of Georgia made contribution of 87 million GEL (about $32.46/€28.71) to Georgian economy.

This year early warning systems will be installed in Georgia. For example a meteorological radar will be placed in western city of Kutaisi to forecast weather conditions in western Georgia and get warning on natural disasters on time.

Also, a group of geologists will be created in western Georgia to determine the causes of the natural disasters and provide relevant recommendations.