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In Kutaisi, a public consultation on the development and adoption of the Law on Climate Change of Georgia was held

15 May, 2023

In Kutaisi, a public consultation on the development and adoption of the Law on Climate Change of Georgia was held. Maia Bitadze, chairwoman of the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, spoke about the importance of the issue and the necessity of the climate change law. Zviad Shalamberidze, State Representative in Imereti, addressed the gathered public and noted that climate change is one of the biggest challenges of modern times and the defining crisis of our time. Also, he explained that bringing the issue into the legal framework will create a unified approach to climate change issues for all sectors of the economy, which will help to devote more time to the safety of the environment and reduce its artificial pollution.

For years, Georgia has been implementing various measures to combat the negative effects of climate change, however, a challenge in the field of climate change is the fact that there is currently no legal framework for climate change in the country, which would give the current processes a permanent character, therefore, the legal regulation of issues related to climate change is fragmented.

The Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, in cooperation with the Center for Environmental Information and Education, with the support of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the United Kingdom, developed the "Green Book" of the Climate Change Law of Georgia. It should be noted that the process of developing the law is being conducted as transparently as possible and with the active participation of wide circles of society.

After the opinions received within the framework of public consultations, the so-called "White Book" of the Climate Law will be developed, in which the main principles of the Climate Change Law of Georgia will be reflected.

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