- A Norwegian-Georgian cooperation project

The project “Sustainable Hydropower Development in Georgia” was implemented in 2012-2015 by Norsk Energi and partners. The aim of the program was to assist the development of an environmentally and socially sustainable hydropower sector in Georgia. The project included activities to support public participation and communication in hydropower development processes, assessments of how to strengthen practice for environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for hydropower, as well as capacity building and training.

Norsk Energi was the project manager, ENVIRO-DEV was the Lead International Consultant and Gross Energy Group was the National Partner. The program was financed by a grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and implemented in close cooperation with Government of Georgia.

The project consisted of three main components, described in the

1. Public Participation: The first component was aimed at facilitating increased involvement of civil society and local population in public consultation processes and influence in decision making related to hydropower development. A Communication and Citizen’s Awareness Package was developed, including guidelines, presentations and a poster, openly available for anyone to use in other relevant cases. The package includes the following elements:

  • A Trainer’s Citizen Awareness Guide – Communication, EIA and Hydropower: ENG, GEO
  • A Citizen’s Awareness Guide – Communication and Hydropower EIA: ENG, GEO
  • Stakeholder Concerns and Values Note – Hydropower Sector: ENG, GEO
  • Poster for Regional Awareness Raising: ENG, GEO
  • Presentation #1 for Regional Awareness Raising: ENG, GEO
  • Presentation #2 for Regional Awareness Raising: ENG, GEO

2. Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
The second component was aimed at reducing the gap between Georgian practice and international best practice on environmental and social impact assessments for hydropower plants and point to ways by which these may be bridged. A Stakeholder Working Group (SWG), consisting of representatives from the Government of Georgia, civil society and academia, was set up to to find common grounds, strengthen the dialogue, identify training needs and agree on recommendations for reducing the gap.

The following outputs was produced:

  • EIA Policy and Process in Georgian Hydropower Development: ENG
  • Hydropower EIA in Georgia: Stakeholder Working Group Recommendations, Volume A: ENG, GEO
  • Hydropower EIA in Georgia: Stakeholder Working Group Recommendations, Volume B: ENG, GEO

3. Sustainable Hydropower Development
The third component was aimed at sharing of knowledge in both technical and non-technical themes in the hydropower sector. Three one week Knowledge Sharing Workshops with international and national expert speakers was conducted for stakeholders in governmental, non-governmental, and private sector focusing on specific selected topics. The topics included

  • Environmental Flow Assessment and Cumulative Impacts;
  • Communication and Associated Planning Documents;
  • Environmental and Social Planning for Management of Hydropower Projects.

Contact: Sergei Faschevsky

Georgia Sustainable Hydropower Development

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