Tbilisi: The Director of the United Nations Economic Commission of Europe (UNECE) Environmental Department, Marco Keiner, commended the progress Georgia has made with its efforts in the field of environmental protection. As Marco Keiner noted, “I have rarely seen such progress in different aspects of protecting the environment in a short period of time, such as Georgia has shown.”
First Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Nino Tandilashvili met Marco Keiner, Director of the Environment Department of the United Nations Economic Commission of Europe (UNECE) in Budapest, where the parties discussed the progress made by Georgia in environmental protection.
Nino Tandilashvili thanked the head of the UN Economic Commission’s Environmental Department for his support. “Georgia is actively involved in UN Economic Commission’s environmental processes and agreements and is actively working on implementing the recommendations.” We have made a significant progress towards environmental protection,” Nino Tandilashvili stated.
First Deputy Minister provided detailed information about the initiatives taken by the Georgian government in the direction of environmental protection. Nino Tandilashvili emphasized that monitoring systems are working in the country to prevent air pollution; reforms are underway in the areas of reduction of outflow from the industrial sector, water resource management and control mechanisms.
Discussions at the meeting were about laws passed on “water resource management” and “industrial emissions”. As the First Deputy Minister said, both laws are fully in line with European requirements and their implementation will ensure the reduction of environmental pollution and sustainable management of natural resources.
According to the Director of the Environmental Department of the UN Economic Commission of Europe, Georgia has made significant progress in fulfilling its environmental obligations. “The reforms and initiatives that Georgia has taken towards environmental protection are impressive.
During my 15 years of work at the UN Economic Commission for Europe, I have rarely seen such progress in various environmental protection as Georgia has shown in such a short period of time,” Marco Keiner said.
The Director of the Environmental Department of the United Nations Economic Commission of Europe (UNECE) has expressed full support to Georgia for implementation of future recommendations.