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Measures against pests in Samtskhe-Javakheti

Measures are taken to combat the pest - Bark beetle in Samtskhe-Javakheti. In spring of 2022, the National Forestry Agency placed up to 3,000 pheromone traps in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region (Borjomi, Bakuriani, Akhaltsikhe, Adigeni, Aspindza). Pheromone traps control the number of pests and destroy trapped insects. Based on the 2021 monitoring results, pest reproduction and spruce wilting intensity has drastically reduced. Removal of dried and diseased trees from the area is carried out through sanitary felling.Bark beetle - is a pest that has spread in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region since the 1950s and has caused severe damage to spruce groves. Control measures have been carried out by the National Forestry Agency on an area of ​​26,000 hectares, since 2013. From 2013 to 2022 a total of 26 million pests were caught and destroyed. According to Giorgi Khabeishvili, Head of the Forest Maintenance and Restoration Department of the National Forestry Agency, the Borjomi Plateau was the most damaged by pests area. "Due to proximity to the settlement, the Plateau is a major recreational area, and it is important to save it to maintain and improve the ecological condition, as well as the tourism potential of the region," - said Giorgi Khabeishvili. Based on the results of regular monitoring, the Forestry Agency plans to implement raft measures for forest care and restoration.

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Forest management planning has improved in Georgia

One of the essential issues that the Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Otar Shamugia, focused on in his speech is the forest inventory, which started in the country in 2014 and at this stage covers about 360 thousand hectares."Inventory is the basis for full-fledged forest use planning. In 2018-2021, the Ministry conducted the first national forest inventory in Georgia, which will provide accurate statistical information about the forests of Georgia. At the time, the forest inventory has been carried out on about 21% of the Georgian forests; our goal is to complete the inventory of Georgian forests by 2026, "- said Otar Shamugia. It is significant that on the inventory works are employed young forest taxators trained by the specialists of the Forestry Agency. It is noteworthy that since 2017, the professional training of forestry specialists has been restored; as a result, 156 people have mastered the forestry profession, 80% of whom have been employed in the specialty.Otar Shamugia also spoke about the unprecedented international financial support in 2021 that will be spent on the practical implementation of forest sector reform. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has allocated 33 million Euros to Georgia, which will contribute to the establishment of proper forest management in 3 regions (Kakheti, Guria, and Mtskheta-Mtianeti), improvement of socio-economic conditions of the population, and rational use of timber resources.  

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