Programs / Accomplished InitiativesAdvocating for the Rights of Environmental Migrants in Georgia

Project Goal

To promote improved legislative and social environment for environmental and potential environmental migrants in Georgia.

Project Description

Starting from June 2015, Europe Foundation (EPF) began the implementation of a new project entitled Advocating for the Rights of Eco-Migrants, which is funded by the European Union through the Institute of Democracy. With the overall goal of promoting improved legislative and social environment for the existing and potential eco-migrants in Georgia, the project contributes to the achievement of the Foundation’s mission of empowering people to effect change for social justice and economic prosperity. It also contributes to one of the EPF’s goals of enhancing civil society influence on public decision making process.
With support from the European Union, the project partner organizations, Institute of Democracy, Young Scientists’ Union Intellect, and Europe Foundation, will be supporting the adoption of coherent policy and legislative changes designed to improve the plight of environmental migrants, as well as ensuring meaningful participation of the existing and potential environmental migrants in making decisions that affect their lives.

Toward this end, the project partners implement various activities that can be grouped under the three subheadings:

1. Research, analysis, and evaluation;
2. Advocacy for improved state policy and practice;
3. Capacity building for increased civic integration of environmental migrants, including grant making.

Target groups:
• Existing and potential environmental migrants residing in Georgia;
• Relevant public authorities.

Coverage:
This is a nation-wide project, with the activities taking place both in Tbilisi and the regions, especially, in the areas that house potential or existing environmental migrants.

Project duration:
This is 21-months-long project, which started on June 16, 2015 and will end on March 16, 2017.

Project partners:
• Institute of Democracy
• Europe Foundation
• Young Scientists’ Union Intellect

Media Products

Documentary Television Series – Environmental Migration in Georgia

On December 26, 2016 the Public Broadcaster Adjara TV launched a new television program “Environmental Migration in Georgia”, which was commissioned by Europe Foundation and Institute of Democracy in the framework of the Project “Advocating for the Eco-Migrants Rights”. TV program includes production of fifteen 18-20 minute documentaries on the problems and challenges of actual and potential Environmental Migrants; the program will be transmitted each Monday in the evening for three months after News and it will be repeated on Tuesdays 15:25 p.m. and Sundays 20:40 p.m. each week. The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (Sida).


Geology

Lagodekhi Municipality

Tsageri Municipality

Lentekhi Municipality 

Village Udabno

Documentary about state assistance programs for environmental migrants

Status - Environmental Migrant 

Documentary about environmental migrants in Mestia, Georgia

Documentary about environmental migrants in Keda, Georgia

Documentary about environmental migrants in Tsalka, Georgia

Remigration

Documentary about environmental migrants in Ozurgeti, Georgia

Documentary about environmental migrants in Khelvachauri, Georgia

Documentary about environmental migrants in Khulo, Georgia

Documentary about environmental migrants in Ninotsminda, Georgia

 

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