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Household Surveys on Forest Use, Poverty, and Vulnerability to Natural Hazards in Georgia

CHALLENGE

As assessment in the 1990s found that Georgia’s forest cover accounts for approximately 40% of the country’s land area. However, no updated assessment has been conducted since then. The forest area may have increased due to natural regeneration in abandoned farms in mountainous areas; but illegal logging may have led to considerable forest degradation as well. A number of efforts are underway in Georgia to gain a better understanding of the country’s forest resources and policy challenges, but there is still little information on how the rural population depends on forests, how forests are used for pasture and fodder production, and how the proximity to and use of forest resources affect the resilience of communities vulnerable to natural disasters.

APPROACH

This study will map out the forests and pastures in sample communities prone to natural disasters. The team will undertake socio-economic surveys to ascertain the current use and removal of forest resources, the value of these activities, and levels of dependence on forests. The study’s results will be used to propose recommendations on how forests can be managed more sustainably for the benefit of local communities and the greater society in Georgia.

RESULTS

This activity is ongoing. Findings will be shared on this page when they become available.

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Last Updated : 05-23-2017

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