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A clean and healthy environment is important not only to protect natural resources for future generations, but also for the health, agricultural livelihoods, and employment opportunities of Georgians today. USAID’s programs support environmental education and the sound management and protection of Georgia’s natural endowments to ensure the longevity and sustainable use of its forests, lands, and water systems mitigating impact on our global climate. 

Current programs:

Institutionalization of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Georgian Regions
Apr 2012 – Oct 2015
National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG) 
This project integrates environmental and climate change considerations into policy priorities of local authorities.  The project is establishing special commissions on climate change, the environment, and sustainable agriculture within local government administrations to ensure the effective implementation of a broad range of statutory functions by local authorities related to natural resource management, land use and sustainable development. 
Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) 
Clean Energy Program
Sep 2013 – Sep 2017
Winrock International
Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) is a flagship U.S. government-led effort that assists countries in developing and implementing LEDS. The program enhances partner country efforts by: 1) providing targeted technical assistance; and 2) building a shared global knowledge base on LEDS.  This assistance supports the implementation of incentives and financing to generate alternative economic development practices. Regional programs also support this growth through expertise in modeling energy efficiency, green production marketing and other widely accepted practices. Mayors who are signatories to the EU Covenant of Mayors commitments will receive preference for assistance to implement lower emission development. 
Waste Management Technologies in Regions (WMTR)
 Mar 2014 – Mar 2018
International City /County Management Association (ICMA)
The Waste Management Technologies in Regions activity will improve policy formulation and strategic planning related to waste management at national and local levels in Georgia; enhance the capacity of targeted municipalities to establish and sustainably manage waste facilities and services; and support the development of Georgia’s recycling sector.  It will develop remediation plans for old and illegal landfills, which will improve management on thousands of hectares of biologically rich areas.  The activity will help reduce environmental pollution, improve sanitation and human health, and increase the quality and quantity of recycled products.

USAID Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service 

Oct 2013 – Oct 2016
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
USAID in partnership with U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will provide technical assistance for natural resource management to Georgian government agencies, including the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Forestry Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, and environmental NGOs.  USFS technical assistance will include training and advisory services on sustainable forest management with resulting benefits for biodiversity, economic development, governance and institution building objectives.  

Last updated: November 09, 2015

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