On February 26 2019, the APRC participated in a meeting on sustainable land management and green agriculture in Georgia. The event was organized by REC Caucasus and gathered more than 60 participants from the public and private sectors. The representatives of different organizations (e.g., GIZ, IFAD, FAO) as well as a number of farmers shared information on their projects and activities related to climate-smart agriculture and sustainable land management in Georgia.

Pati Mamardashvili presented the final results of the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on the Draft Law of Georgia on Windbreaks. The presentation emphasized the RIA+ approach, which underlines the consideration of the main principle of the Agenda 2030 in every step of the RIA process. The direct and indirect links of the Draft Law with various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were outlined.

From January 14-16, ISET’s Pati Mamardashvili participated in the 11th conference of the Academy of Wine Business Research (AWBR), hosted by the Department of Business Management at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The regular conference of the AWBR brings together an international society of scholars working in wine sector research. It provides a great opportunity to network and learn about ongoing research activities related to wine economics and wine business management.

Natalia Velikova (from Texas Tech University) and Pati Mamardashvili presented a paper entitled “Selling Wine Downtown: Who is the Urban Winery Consumer?”, co-authored with Tim Dodd and Matthew Bauman (Texas Tech University).

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