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Support the development of the Georgian System of Public Statistics in the field of environmental statistic

Statistical data is important for the creation of a country’s policies and the monitoring of its development. Conducting statistical surveys and analysing them has been an important part of actions to support Georgia in the creation of premises for the assessment of socioeconomic development, taking into account environmental aspects. The Georgian side has reported a need for support that would lead to the development of this area of statistics. Polish statistical services have been successfully cooperating with Georgian statisticians since 2010. The Central Statistical Office (GUS) has also taken part in assistance projects and programmes addressed to the Eastern Partnership countries.

The principal aim of this project was to further strengthen Georgia’s statistical system by making it possible to calculate the gross domestic product (GDP) and its elements at the regional level in accordance with European standards. The support provided to Georgia until now under Polish developmental aid is highly valued by the Georgian partner. Representatives of Georgian statistics offices have reported their interest in continuing cooperation, indicating issues and areas that should be included in further actions. One of these is environmental statistics. The decision for GUS to take up implementation of the developmental cooperation project and its concept have been worked out in consultation with Geostat representatives.

Support the development of the Georgian System of Public Statistics in the field of environmental statistic

The main purpose of the project was to provide support for Georgia’s public statistics in the field of environmental statistics and to strengthen institutional statistical capacity as a partner of central and local government institutions with regard to methodology of statistical surveys and methods for analysing statistical data. The project was directly addressed to statisticians of Georgia’s National Statistics Office (Geostat). The project also included actions addressed to representatives of Georgia’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection as the central administration body responsible for environmental management and protection involved in conducting studies on environmental statistics in Georgia.

The project aimed at transferring knowledge on research on the state of the environment and environmental protection as well as the economic aspects of environmental protection related to the development, processing, analysis and making available of statistical data describing the state of the environment. Under the project, experience was exchanged in the organisation of work in the system of public statistics and intra-ministerial and inter-ministerial cooperation as well as concerning the use of administrative data in the field of environmental statistics. A manual was prepared containing methodological guidelines for preparing environmental statistics, with recommendations on the prerequisites and the course of development of environmental statistics in Georgia (including the preparation of plans for future areas of support for public statistics in Georgia).

Support the development of the Georgian System of Public Statistics in the field of environmental statistic

The direct outcome of the project is strengthening the capacity of Georgia’s public statistics as a prerequisite of supporting public administration units in making decisions concerning the country’s socioeconomic development. The outcomes of the project’s implementation also include improving the skills of environmental protection administration staff in their efforts to gain support for the management of natural resources. Georgian statisticians acquired knowledge and learned about Polish experiences in environmental statistics. Participants from Geostat and from Georgia’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection learned about statistical surveys in the field of environmental statistics and how to use data from administrative sources. Under the project, a five-day training visit was held for staff of Georgian statistics and Georgia’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, with 23 presentations containing information on issues discussed.

Project implementation outcomes also include two publications translated into Georgian and turned over to the project partner in paper form and on CDs: a guide titled Environmental statistics – methodological guidelines and recommendations titled Prerequisites and the course of development of environmental statistics in Georgia, with a plan for future areas of support in the field of statistics.