Climate change workshop held in Georgia

ClimaEast is an organization that lends support to efforts at climate change mitigation and adaptation in Eastern Partnership countries. These include Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia. In the past, the organization launched pilot project in Georgia’s Vashlovani Protected Areas, with the aim of rehabilitating over 4,000 ha of degraded pastures, 300 ha of migratory route, and introduce and implement sustainable pasture management practices among farmers and sheep breeders.

Most recently, ClimaEast held a workshop for Georgian officials that focused on positioning Georgian climate laws so they are in line with European legislation. According to a recent article published in the Financial, the workshop focused on laws related to fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) and Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS). In addition, ClimaEast experts provided practical advice on the implementation of the kind of legal regulations that need to be introduced under the Association Agreement.

These F-gases and Ozone-Depleting substances are harmful greenhouse gases that trap heat inside the atmosphere, contribute to global warming and damage the ozone layer. One of the chief emitters of these gasses is older vehicles. Thus, it is imperative that Georgia begin regulating the emissions of these gases in order to decreases their impact on the environment.

This is important, as Georgia currently holds the dubious distinction of being ranked as one of the most polluted countries in the world. Georgia records nearly 300 pollution-related deaths per 100,000 people annually. These include mortality rates associated with heart disease, lung cancer and stroke.

For more information about the work that ClimaEast is doing in Georgia and throughout the Eastern Partnership countries, you can visit their website here.   

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