October 15-17 2018, Salome Gelashvili and Pati Mamardashvili from the APRC traveled to Switzerland to participate in a kick-off meeting of the collaboration between APRC and the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) at the Bern University of Applied Science. The collaboration took placein the framework of initiatives funded by the Leading House for Swiss Science and Technology Cooperation with Russia and the CIS Region.

From the HAFL side, the meeting was attended byDr. Urs Scheidegger (Head of Master Studies), Dr. Dominique Guenat (Lecturer in Agricultural Economics and Politics), Dr. Robert Lehmann (Head of Unit Teaching and Extension), Dr. Dominic Blättler (Professor for Rural Development &Innovation), and Pia Fehle (Research Scientist of International Agriculture).

On October 4 2018, the APRC’s Salome Gelashvili and Pati Mamardashvili gave a presentation during an inception workshop, “Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) of the Draft Law on Windbreaks”. This RIA was commissioned to the APRC team by REC Caucasus, and implemented with financial support from the IFAD in the framework of the AMMAR project.

The presentation was attended by representatives of Parliament, the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, the private sector, and different international donors.

The objective of the workshop was to present RIA concepts and methodology developed by the ISET Policy Institute research team. The key part of the presentation was a detailed description of the 8-step methodology employed in RIA, as well as potential cost and benefit categories associated with the draft law. The ISET team has also presented an influence-interest matrix of stakeholders, a timeline for stakeholder consultations, a division of responsibilities among stakeholders, and a work plan containing the main deliverables and respective deadlines.

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