23 August 2000 - Tbilisi needs to develop a city environmental action plan to address urgent problems related to urban land use, green spaces, and water supply programs, concludes the State of the Environment 2000 Report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme's office, GRID-Tbilisi. The report is available online at http://ceroi.net/reports/tbilisi/.
The Georgian capital city faces challenges of low public participation, high income disparity, and limited government resources. However, programs of co-operation with European sister cities and the recent incorporation of environmental education into school curricula nation-wide signal hope for future environmental improvements.
The State of the Environment Report includes detailed statistics and charts on topics such as air and water quality, demographics, health, and cultural heritage. The report was produced by UNEP/GRID-Tbilisi and UNEP's Cities Environment Reports on the Internet (CEROI) programme (http://www.ceroi.net), which assists local authorities around the world to develop local environmental assessments and publish them online by providing training, software, and technical services.
For more information, contact Zurab Jintcharadze of GRID-Tbilisi, firstname.lastname@example.org.