Relations with Public

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Status of discussion with public

At present it is not yet finally decided whether the landfill will be constructed at the proposed location (click here for viewing in Google Maps). There were several information meetings, discussions and public debates.

Chronology of events, discussions and communication activities with the public

  • In 2013, the German consulting company – “Infrastructure & Umwelt” in cooperation with the Georgian side “Gamma Consulting” prepared a feasibility study report for the “Integrated Solid Waste Management” project . The region’s local authorities were involved in the drafting process of this report.
  • The first location chosen was contested by the population a second location was chosen, on former military area, which then was being de-mined.
  • In February 2016, the Implementing Consultant (company ERM) drafted a Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP – please click here for download)
  • On 14 March 2016 a delegation of citizens of Chognari was received in the mayor house in Kutaisi by the mayor of Kutaisi, representatives of the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia and the consulting companies providing technical assistance for project implementation (Implementing Consultant (IC) ERM and Accompanying Measures Consultant (AMC) PEM GmbH and GAMMA. A detailed presentation of the technical details of the planned landfill was followed by a discussion.
  • On 15 April 2016 a public information and discussion meeting was held in Chognari. Present were representatives of the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia and the consulting companies providing technical assistance for project implementation (Implementing Consultant (IC) ERM and Accompanying Measures Consultant (AMC) PEM GmbH and GAMMA. The meeting was co-chaired by Nino Chkhobadze from “The Green Movement of Georgia/Friends of Earth Georgia”.
  • On 16 June the citizens of Chognari sent an open letter to the prime minister of Georgia. (Please click here for download).
  • On 19 June the  Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia replied to this open letter. (Please click here for download).
  • On May 11th 2017 public discussion was held according to requirements of Environmental Impact Assessment. The discussion was attended by representatives of Georgian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Municipalities, City Councils, representatives of Ltd “Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia” and local population.
  • On September 8th 2017 Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure and Director of Ltd “Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia” met with local population.
  • In April 2018 Ltd “Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia” received permission on Environmental Impact.
  • In July 2018 Ltd “Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia” received Landfill Construction permission.
  • International tender to reveal company for Landfill construction was announced. In second quarter of 2018 was revealed the winner of the tender – building consortium SADE & RIKO (France/Slovenia).
  • After final agreements, Landfill Construction contract was signed with the winner company.
  • In February Director of Ltd “Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia” held meeting with representatives of municipalities and local population.