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Georgia

Disaster profile

In Georgia, natural hazards (floods, flash floods, landslides, mudflows, snow avalanches, earthquakes, hail, heavy rains, storm winds, and droughts), coupled with significant levels of  exposure and vulnerability, have a substantial negative impact on the national economy. According to the government, over the last 40 years 70% of the territory of the country experienced natural hazards of hydro-meteorological and geological origin; economic losses exceeded USD 14 billion .

CADRI support

The DRR capacity assessment mission was conducted in 2014, under the leadership of the Government and the UN Country Team. The capacity assessment was carried out based on a tested methodology developed by the CADRI member agencies, covering the 5 HFA priority areas. The purpose of the capacity assessment was to identify country capacity strengths and gaps related to disaster risk reduction, understand required capacities and propose recommendations on how these capacities can be achieved. 

The results of the assessment were informed by interview with 58 organizations and more than 130 individuals at central and local levels, including government representatives, UN agencies, donors, NGOs, academia, and other national stakeholders. At the local level, the assessment was carried out in several municipalities in the Kakheti region, Imereti region, Racha-Lechkhumi-Kvemo-Svaneti region and in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. The results of the interviews were complemented by an analysis of extensive documentation (legislation, strategies, policies, action plans, and programme and project documents).

A national workshop on mainstreaming DRR into development was organized for 40 participants from government, UN, NGOs and the Georgia Red Cross.

Currently, a National Plan of Action for Capacity Development in Disaster Risk Reduction is being developed. The Plan of Action is based on a stock-taking exercise of all relevant programmes and initiatives in the country that aim to enhance national capacities in achieving the country’s development targets and is developed in line with the capacity assessment findings and recommendations. The Plan of Action, which addresses the priority risks and risk management measures identified in the capacity needs assessment, provides a basis for alignment of the UN Country Team’s and other international partners’ programmes into a comprehensive framework of support.