Research Reports

Review of the Condition of the Environment and Stocks of Natural Resources In Georgia
Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Natural resources, such as land, water, air, minerals, forests, and fisheries, all provide fundamental life support, in the form of both public-good and consumptive services, which also greatly affect the quality of human life. As such, a proper Natural Resource Management (NRM) allows for the sustainable utilization of resources and moreover ensures that the services provided continue to be accessible over time. Managing natural resources adequately requires a clear understanding into the existing condition of the main resources, and into their quantitative and qualitative evolution over time. At times, choices must be made between the alternate uses of natural resources, those with vastly different short and long-term outcomes. Such choices could ultimately lead to fundamentally different levels of societal well-being. Consequently, it is desirable for the decision-making process to be as inclusive and transparent as possible, and for all individuals and institutions interested in contributing to the discussion to have access to the relevant information. However, gathering the necessary data is not always easy, or even feasible. Thus in order to support the broadest participation of public debate on the management of natural resources in Georgia, with thanks to supporting from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI) has compiled all the publicly available information regarding Georgian National Resources into this single report. Our hope is that this research will help improve the inclusiveness, transparency, and quality of the decision-making processes associated with the management of natural resources in the Republic of Georgia, leading to better informed choices and higher levels of well-being for Georgian society.