Landslides, mudflows, flooding, droughts, forest fires, strong winds – the geographically complex country of Georgia in the South Caucasus region has seen such natural disasters intensify in recent years, with substantial damage to infrastructure, farmland and people’s lives.
Climate change is considered to be a major factor: the government of Georgia has created a strategy to increase disaster preparedness and reduce risks and has become involved in international climate change mitigation activities. Research is crucial to preparedness. Lika Megrelidze, who is Head of Meteorology and Climatology at the Georgian National Environmental Agency explains how the Georgian Research and Educational Networking Association GRENA, with the support of the EU-funded EaPConnect project, is facilitating climate research in the country.
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