Climate-Tolerant Restoration of Degraded Bioregions in Southern Caucasus - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Climate-Tolerant Restoration of Degraded Bioregions in Southern Caucasus

As of: September 2021

The project restored degraded landscapes, taking into account future climatic changes. This included introducing drought-resistant permanent crops, reforestation and planting to provide erosion protection. It supported communities and districts in the pilot regions in developing and implementing appropriate policies and identifyied sustainable land-use strategies.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • In conjunction with the forestry ministry, the legal framework for establishing demonstration models was improved
  • Reforestation models in pilot regions in Kakheti were developed and implemented: model rehabilitation of about 38 kilometres of degraded plantings to provide protection against wind; over 100 hectares of mixed forest consisting of native, climate-adapted tree species were planted on degraded pasture land
  • Field studies were carried out to estimate the potential of the planting for CO2 storage: CO2 reduction by 2040 is likely to be 162 tonnes per hectare through biomass and 99 tonnes per hectare in the soil
  • Training and technical equipment for producing high-quality seed and propagating material delivered
  • Political decision-makers were sensitised to the issue of combating landscape degradation, e.g. through radio and television programmes, press releases and project visits (including by Georgia's environment minister)
  • A process of multi-country sharing of information and experience in the Southern Caucasus has been instigated, including cooperation with the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus)

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MoEPA) - Georgia

Implementing partner(s):
  • Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN) - Georgia
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MoEPA) - Georgia
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - Caucasus

BMU grant:
1.852.519,32 €

11/2008  till  03/2012


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