Title: TEEB Scoping Study for Georgia. Main findings and way-forward.
Publication Date: September 2013
Summary: The present scoping study identifies five core sectors of Georgian economy applicable for the TEEB Initiative; these are Energy, Tourism, Agriculture, Mining, and Forestry. The study highlights the substantial dependence of these driving forces of Georgian economy on natural capital and the services it provides. Thus the study is an important step forward in valuing natural capital; though it necessarily needs to be followed by a full TEEB National Study to ensure the sustainability of the country’s commitment towards demonstration of strong relationship between economy and environment, and the integration of value of natural capital into national economic policies.
Citation: TEEB Scoping Study for Georgia: Main Findings and Way-forward, 2013.
Acknowledgements: This document is a joint effort of Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Government of Georgia, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and WWF – Caucasus.
The following experts contributed to the writing of this report: Irakli Matcharashvili (Green Alternative/Ilia State University), Malkhaz Adeishvili, Salman Hussain (Scottish Agricultural College), and Kavita Sharma (United Nations Environment Programme).
Ioseb Kartsivadze (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection); Giorgi Sanadiradze and Tamaz Gamkrelidze (WWF); Ivonne Higuero (UNEP – Regional Office of Europe) and Nicolas Bertrand (UNEP TEEB Office) coordinated the project for their respective institutions.
We are indebted to Yolanda Kakabadse for initiating this project. We are also grateful to the Project Advisory Group for its guidance throughout the project. Finally, we would like to thank the many stakeholders for their contribution to the two project workshops.