Due to the complex mountainous terrain and climate, Georgia is subject to both geological and hydro-meteorological natural hazards. Climate change studies have indicated that these hazards will increase in frequency, intensity and geographical spread over time and will have significant negative impacts on various sectors. Economic assessment of the impact of hydro meteorological hazards under climate change conditions shows that 1.7 Million people (40% of the population) including the most vulnerable communities in remote rural and densely populated urban areas are at risk from the main hazards.
Considering the above, UNDP Country Office in Georgia in close partnership and with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is implementing the Inception Phase of the Project “Strengthening the Climate Adaptation Capacities in Georgia”. The project is preceding the GCF-co-financed proposal “Scaling-up Multi-Hazard Early Warning System and the Use of Climate Information in Georgia”. Within this initiative, SDC will strengthen Georgia’s capacities, both on local and national levels, for reduction and management of climate change-induced hazard risks through development and adoption of unified hazard mapping and risk modelling methodologies and development of hazard maps and risk and vulnerability profiles for 11 major river basins in Georgia.
Thus, the primary objective of the Inception Phase of the project, which commenced in December 2017 and due to be finished in July 2018, is to collect the missing scientific, technical and statistical data necessary to inform and enrich existing capacities, gaps, challenges and set-up for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in the country, both on national and local levels, with comprehensive analytical information.
More specifically, overall objective of the given assignment will be to generate data that will enable enhancement of hazard mapping and risk modelling capacities through review of available data and data needs for hazard and risk modelling and mapping, based on indicative approaches provided in the GCF Feasibility Study, as well as Report on Assessment of Hazard Mapping Capacities being developed under the inception phase, and conduct data quality and gap analysis with detailed recommendations for addressing data gaps during project implementation.
The given undertaking will be conducted in close cooperation with the National Environmental Agency, Statistics Office, Public Registry and other relevant line ministries identified during implementation of the assignment.