The European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia (ENPARD Georgia) was implemented in March 2013. The main goal of the ENPARD program is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia.1 The total budget of the program is 102 million EUR. Through close cooperation with the government, civil society, and farmers, ENPARD is working on achieving three main goals:

• Building capacity and supporting government institutions in the reform of the agriculture and rural development sector;

• Improving employment and living conditions of rural populations by strengthening farmers’ cooperation skills and access to resources;

• Promoting diversified social and economic opportunities in rural areas, particularly for women and youth, in due respect to the environment and the cultural heritage.

This report covers the process and results from the value chain analysis conducted on the hazelnut sector in West Georgia. The study presents a basis to shape interventions of the forthcoming ‘Phase II: Fairtrade & Organic Hazelnut Value Chain Development for Small Farmers in Western Georgia’ project, which is to be implemented by the Consortium (ELKANA, HEKS/EPER, ANKA and PAKKA) with the financial support of DANIDA.

The main purpose of the study was to map the current hazelnut value chain, describe the key actors and the interrelations between them, identify the main constraints, and provide recommendations for further development. The study mainly focused on service providers.

In the present era of environmental and industrial change, maintaining biodiversity is essential. Doing so not only protects species and habitats, but also brings benefits for society in the form of resulting ecosystem services. In order to conserve biodiversity and fulfill the obligations defined by various international conventions and the Association Agreement (AA), the Georgian Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource Protection (MoENRP) initiated the Law on Biodiversity in 2015. The preparation process for that law first started in 2013.

After the draft version of the Law on Biodiversity became available in June 2017, the MoENRP initiated a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) in order to analyze the major positive and negative impacts the new legislation might have in relation to its objectives. In undertaking this effort, the MoENRP was supported by the German Cooperation (GIZ). The results of this RIA are presented in this report.

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