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Addressing the Issue of Environmental Migration in Georgia: Discussion of Short- and Long-Term Perspectives

Tbilisi, Georgia – On June 1, 2016, Europe Foundation will be facilitating the second public forum Addressing the Issue of Environmental Migration in Georgia: Discussion of Short- and Long-Term Perspectives. This event is being held at Holiday Inn Hotel within the framework of the project Advocating for the Rights of Eco-Migrants funded by the European Union through Institute of Democracy.

Environmental migration is increasingly becoming a leading cause of displacement in Georgia, as climate change, human influence, and natural disasters cause the population to seek shelter away from their communities. While the statistical information about eco-migrants is incomplete, already more than 3,600 households are currently without shelter due to environmental reasons, seeking housing and social assistance. Both short- and long-term strategies need to be employed in order to address the plight of eco-migrants in Georgia.

The public forum organized by Europe Foundation aims at opening a discussion on the long-and short-term strategies for addressing the needs of environmental migrants in Georgia. The event will start with welcoming remarks from Ms. Keteven Vashakidze, President of Europe Foundation, followed by presentations by Ms. Rusudan Kakhishvili, Senior Adviser to the National Crisis Management Center of the State Security and Crisis Management Council of Georgia and Mr. Archil Khakhutaishvili, Executive Director of Institute of Democracy. The guests will learn about the issues related to prevention (long-term strategy) and resettlement (short-term strategy) of environmental migrants and the work undertaken to improve the plight of this vulnerable group. The audience will have a chance to hear about the completed work and future plans of the Government of Georgia (GoG) from Mr. Kote Razmadze, Head of Department of Eco-migrants Issues in the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia and Mr. Giorgi Ghibradze, Director of the National Crisis Management Center of the State Security and Crisis Management Council of Georgia.

The event will take place on June 1 during 14:00-16:30, at Holiday Inn Hotel, Adjara Conference Hall, (Address: 1, 26 May Square, Tbilisi)

Europe Foundation (EPF) is a local non-governmental organization with a mission to empower people to effect change for social justice and economic prosperity through hands-on programs, helping them to improve their communities and their own lives. EPF engages citizens in social, economic, and political developments, to effect sustainable positive socio-economic change at the local, regional, and national level through both operational programs and grant making. For additional information about EPF please visit the website www.epfound.ge.

Contact Person: Natia Berdzenisili, Program Manager, E-mail: nberdzenishvili@epfound.ge, tel: 225-39-42/43

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