On December 10-11, ISET’s APRC team organized a comprehensive stakeholder dialogue to discuss the interim results of the RIA on draft Law on Windbreaks. The two-day workshop gathered representatives of the Agrarian Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, municipalities, the private sector (principally in the form of farmers), international donors (IFAD, GIZ) and various NGOs.

First, the research team presented the approach that was used to consider the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the RIA process. This presentation featured how the main principles of Agenda 2030 (such as the concepts of ‘leave no one behind’, shared responsibility, accountability, universality and integrated approaches) were considered in the different steps of the RIA. The linkages of the draft law with different SDGs were also outlined and discussed with the audience.

On December 6-7, ISET’s Pati Mamardashvili traveled to the UK to hold a presentation at the Schoolof Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University.

The focus of her talk was on the relation between agricultural and ecosystem services (provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural issues). Whereas the provisioning services of ecosystems are usually valued at the market, there is essentially no market for regulation, support, or the incorporation of cultural services. The presence of this market failure complicates the inclusion of those non-marketed ESs in decision-making processes.

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