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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:

Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) 
Clean Energy Program
Sep 2013 – Sep 2017
Winrock International
Georgia’s EC-LEDS Clean Energy Program is a five-year effort focusing on three activities: Energy Efficiency in Georgian Municipalities, Green Building Rating and Certification Systems, and Advisory assistance to the national LEDS development process. This program supports climate change mitigation by building municipal capacity in climate change mitigation measures and raising public awareness; increasing private sector investment in energy efficiency and green buildings; and strengthening Government of Georgia capacity to develop and implement a national Low Emission Development Strategy.
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 maintain sustainable waste management facilities and services; and support the development of Georgia’s recycling sector.  The program will develop remediation plans for old and illegal landfills, which will improve management of 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.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Oct 2013 – Oct 2019
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
USAID, in partnership with U.S. Forest Service (USFS), provides 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 includes training and advisory services on sustainable forest management with resulting benefits for biodiversity, economic development, governance and institution building objectives.