Still, the country struggles with a variety of water-related challenges: insufficient water supply and sanitation systems, industrial pollution (particularly downstream of Tbilisi and of the industrial district of Rustavi and Gardabani), coastal pollution of the Black Sea, flood risks and growing water demand from the agriculture (irrigation) and energy sectors. In addition comes the impact of climate change, which shows changes in precipitation (e.g. less snow, more frequent floods and droughts). Georgia has committed to reform water policies and practices as part of the Association Agreement signed with the European Union that entered into force in July 2016.
Ms. Mariam Makarova – Head Water Div., Envir. & CC Dept (MEPA)
Ms. Maia Javakhishvili – Dep. Head of Envir. & Climate Change Dept (MEPA)