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Improved Pesticides and Chemicals Management in the Former Soviet Union

The FAO GCP (Government Cooperative Programme) agreement was signed with Georgia on 11 April 2012, with the project implemented jointly by:

  • Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) responsible for implementation of Outcome 1 linked to management of obsolete pesticides
  • Ministry of Environment (MoE) responsible for Outcome 2 linked to the management of new pesticdes used in agriculture

The country Operational Manual (OM) sets the following priorities:

  • Establish a Steering Committee within government (MoA, MoE, MoH and other stakeholders such as the emergency unit of ministry of internal affairs) and elaborate the scope of work;
  • Establish a project management unit and detailed action plan (or use existing steering committee of the UNDP project);
  • Mapping of contaminating sites;
  • Loading the data of inventory into PSMS system;
  • Destruction any repacked and left over OP in country (not less than 60 tonnes);
  • Collaboration plan with existing projects in the country (such UNEP and UNDP.);
  • Awareness raising strategy related to the hazards of OP;
  • Awareness rising strategy related to life-cycle management of pesticides ;
  • IPM strategy for the main crops in Georgia;
  • Development of a website for dissemination of information and guidelines elaborated during the project (related to OPs, POPs management and IPM);
  • Assessment of gaps in legislation on waste and pesticide management;
  • Co-ordinate activities in relation to new EU initiatives in the country; and
  • Development of a national awareness and communications plan linked to the above activities.