Adaptation Fund in Georgia: Climate Resilience Success Story
A project funded by the Adaptation Fund and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme together with the Government of Georgia has helped protect more than 200,000 people in the Rioni River Basin of the country of Georgia from frequent and intense flooding and flash flooding that has increased because of climate change. The people were protected with adaptation measures implemented through the project across six different municipalities. The project also helped prevent US$ 1 billion in damages over a period of years.
Adaptation and resilience measures included reforestation along river banks to reduce erosion, preserve grazing pastures and improve safety for both people and cattle while protecting schools and homes. Other measures included hazard mapping, grid profiling, identification of hot spots and raising awareness among local leaders and key stakeholders.