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Environmental Performance Reviews: Georgia

Second Review

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This is the second EPR of Georgia published by UNECE. The report takes stock of the progress made by Georgia in the management of its environment since the country was first reviewed in 2001. It assesses the implementation of the recommendations in the first review (Annex I). It also covers nine issues of importance to Georgia concerning policymaking, planning and implementation, the financing of environmental policies and projects, and the integration of environmental concerns into economic sectors, in particular water management, waste management, risk management and forestry. The main outcome of the EPR is the recommendations, which were elaborated by the Expert Group, peer reviewed, discussed with a high-level delegation from Georgia and adopted by the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy on 15 March 2010.

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Compliance and enforcement mechanisms

Due to significant political and economic changes in the country, environmental policy is still not acknowledged as a high-priority issue. After the Rose Revolution in November 2003, the implementation of environmental legislation and its enforcement have primarily been aimed at fighting corruption and illegal use of natural resources rather than ensuring that industry, agriculture, mining and other economic sectors comply with environmental pollution requirements. At the same time, environmental enforcement has been strengthened via the establishment of the Environmental Inspectorate at the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources (MEPNR).

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