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Desertification in Kakheti – a Threat to Kakhetian Agriculture?
Kakheti is one Georgian region that is economically dependent on agriculture. According to data from the Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy 2021-2027, 40.1% of Georgia’s agricultural lands are within Kakheti, where its largest areas are arable lands, pastures, and vineyards, making it the leading region in the production of cereals, livestock, and wine. In 2020, wine production in Kakheti alone accounted for 75.5% of all the wine produced throughout the country.
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Transport Air Pollution in Georgia – Current Trends and Potential Ways Forward
Over the last half-century, air pollution has become an increasingly critical problem globally. The
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Managing Organic Waste Optimally – the Current Trends and Potential Solutions for Georgia
As waste accumulation keeps expanding, it increasingly poses a serious threat to human health and the environment.
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Namakhvani HPP – Threat or Opportunity?
In recent months, the Namakhvani hydro power plant has become one of the most discussed topics in Georgian society.
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How Can Georgia Deal with its Plastic Waste?
ISET-PI's Executive Director Lasha Labadze summarized results of Real Estate market research data of June 2015 – June 2016. The report is produced on a monthly basis in partnership with TBC Bank and Jumpstart. TV1’s Business Contact programme invited representative of ISET-PI and TBC Bank to discuss the findings of the first joint report. The report analyses real estate data from Tbilisi based on two different sources: online advertisements and public registry data. About 130,000 unique online advertisements were analyzed during the year. The report discusses price dynamics by districts of Tbilisi, and by the type of real estate. In addition to descriptive statistics, the report presents the index of real estate which shows pure price effect of changes. The index is based on international methodology According to the main findings, the prices of residential as well as commercial property are declining, mainly due to seasonal factors and a slowdown in economic growth. Watch the video from TV 1 to learn more.
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Enguri HPP Is Closing While Demand on Abkhazia’s Side Keeps Growing: Challenges and Opportunities for The Georgia’s Electricity Sector at the Beginning Of 2021
ISET Policy Institute’s researcher Ia Katsia was invited to TV 1 to talk about a possible Russian embargo on Georgian wine and mineral water exports. According to Russian Media sources, the Russian Duma is going to propose a ban on Georgian exports. Ia Katsia spoke about the possible effects of such an embargo and highlighted the importance of the Russian market as an export destination. She also discussed the most recent Russia ban on Georgian exports in 2006; at that time, wine and mineral water exports were concentrated on the CIS, and especially Russia. However, as of 2016, wine companies managed to diversify their export markets and added 46 new export destination countries for their products. She also mentioned the role of the Government in promoting Georgian wine and finding new markets. Watch the video from TV 1 to learn more.
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