Proposal for Gender-Equitable, Climate Proof and Sustainable Development in Georgia
A National Appropriate Mitigation Activity (NAMA) for the energy sector in Georgia
Local communities in rural areas of Georgia suffer severe energy poverty and struggle with providing heat and warm water for households’ needs.
In general, only one room is heated by a stove, which is also used for cooking and heating up water. The majority of the population depends on wood as a source of energy, which leads to 6500 ha of forest annually depleted by unsustainable logging. This has major implication on environmental calami-ties, which most severely impact the poor, who are relying on natural resources for their liveli-hoods. Families spend around 25 -35% of their income on energy.
The burden of collecting firewood and heating the water largely falls on the shoulders of women, who care for the basic needs of the households. A lot of their time is spent on this, but they still don’t meet the energy needs. Moreover, indoor pollution by the stoves has an adverse effect on their health.
The gender sensitive NAMA foresees the installation of 10.000 energy efficient stoves and 10.000 solar hot water collectors in 5 rural areas of Georgia in the first 5 year phase, with a potential to install up to 60.000 items each.
This publication is part of the Project "Civil society organizations cooperate with government and other stakeholders on a NAMA for sustainable energy in rural areas"