At a glance
The Mission regularly monitored, analysed and reported on developments in the economic, energy and environmental sectors. Its activities included:
Focusing on economic security
The Mission focused on developing small- and medium-sized enterprises, supporting the fight against corruption and providing economic policy guidance to the Government. Additionally, the Mission actively supported good governance initiatives in regions outside Tbilisi. Activities included:
Addressing environmental security issues
The Mission established an Aarhus Centre in co-operation with the Georgian Ministry of Environment in Tbilisi in December 2005. The aim of the Centre is to promote the principles of the Aarhus Convention signed by Georgia in 2003, and to help build trust between the Government and civil society sectors working on environmental matters. The Mission trained judges on the Aarhus Convention, most recently in March 2009.
The Mission worked on identifying environmental problems that can result in instability or even conflict. Assisted by the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, the Mission supported the OSCE-UN Environment and Security (ENVSEC) OK initiative in developing projects that tackle environmental issues.
The Mission also funded the formation of environmental clubs in all the regions of Georgia by training more than 30 young people, resulting in the formation of 17 "eco-clubs" each with 15 to 25 secondary school students between the ages of 12 and 17. These clubs are located in Adjara, Guria, Imereti, Kakheti, Kazbegi, Kvemo Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Shida Kartli and Tbilisi. This initiative was followed by a number of summer camps for eco-clubs members.
The Mission supported the six-year OSCE-NATO South Caucasus River Monitoring Project, a collaborative project involving scientific institutions of all three South Caucasus countries, through which data on the Kura river was collated.
Post-conflict environmental assessment
The Mission supported a joint OSCE/UNEP assessment of the environmental impact of the August 2008 conflict. In follow-up to this initiative, it supported an ENVSEC assessment to study the danger of erosion in the fire-affected areas in and around the Borjomi region.