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Azerbaijan Delegation got acquainted with the model of forest use

The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan delegation visited the "business yard" of Lisi in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region within the framework of the visit to Georgia. Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Kakha Kakabadze informed the delegation about the ongoing forestry reforms and forest use rules."We introduced the model of forest use to our Azerbaijani colleagues. We think that the operation of the "business yards" arranged throughout the country will significantly reduce the negative pressure on the forest and, most importantly, the population will have easier access to firewood", - said the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Kakha Kakabadze.It should be noted, that after the adoption of the new Forest Code, the forestry reform is being intensively carried out, and within its framework, the so-called "business yards" are arranged in all municipalities of Georgia."Business yard" ensures the supply of wood resources to the population. 30 "business yards" have already been set up across the country. Work is underway for the arrangement of 9 "business yards" which will be completed by the end of the year. At the initiative of the National Forestry Agency, in 2023, 17 additional "business yards" will be arranged. As a result, the use of forests for wood resources production will be carried out more effectively, and illegal cutting will be reduced. Further modernization of the Agency and equipping it with modern equipment is essential for the effective implementation of activities."One of the priority directions of future cooperation between the two countries in the field of environmental protection is the sharing of experience in sustainable forest management. All the reforms implemented in the forestry sector contribute to the foundation of sustainable forest management. We also have a similar model of "business yard" in Azerbaijan, and if our foresters come to Georgia, they will get to know the practices here surely, it will be important for future cooperation", - said the Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan, Mukhtar Babaev.The goal of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture is to replace social logging with such services of the Forestry Agency, which will be more convenient for wood resource users.

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The animated film "Forest is my friend"

The animated manga "The forest is my friend" premiere was held in the "Amiran" cinema. The story of a new animated film based on harmony and peace between man and nature was created with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Japanese Embassy, and the National Forestry Agency. The premiere of the animation was attended by Natia Iordanishvili, the Deputy Head of the National Forestry Agency, Nick Beresford, the Resident Representative of UNDP in Georgia, and Imamura Akira, the  Ambassador of Japan to Georgia.The animated film "Forest is my friend" is based on the classic Japanese manga model. It tells an incredibly intense story of self-discovery, struggle, and friendship. The animation was filmed by the Georgian non-governmental organization "Laboratory of Democracy" on the arrangement of the United Nations Development Program. The film is part of a large-scale information campaign for forest protection and sustainable management."The Government of Georgia is taking important steps in the direction of sustainable forest management. Environmental awareness and education are important parts of this activity. People should have the opportunity to discuss environmental issues and get involved in solving problems themselves," said Natia Iordanishvili, Deputy Head of the National Forestry Agency."In Japan, manga is loved by people of all ages. I am glad that this unique part of our culture will contribute to the protection of Georgian forests, reduction of emissions, and mitigation of climate change", said the Ambassador of Japan to Georgia, Imamura Akira."We can't change the world if we don't change ourselves first. This difficult path begins with understanding how to move from ignorance to awareness, from reckless exploitation of nature to sustainable use of natural resources, and from the catastrophe of climate change to a green and secure future. UNDP promotes the dissemination and implementation of these basic principles of climate-smart development. We are happy to cooperate with various partners and supporters in this matter, including Japan, in order to make our message known to the whole of Georgia," said Nick Beresford, UNDP's Resident Representative in Georgia. After the first screening, the manga will travel to the villages of Georgia, where film screenings and discussions will be held for schoolchildren and youth.

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