On possible reorganization of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia under the framework of government structural changes
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, as an environmental policy enforcement body and an institution with state regulatory functions – should not be destroyed / abolished and its exclusive functions should not be redistributed in different government agencies.
The political goals of all other ministries, expressed in the growth of the country’s economy and in solving social problems of the population, determine their objectives. These entities are focused on benefits of environmental components, i.e. use of natural resources in quantitative terms and therefore, release of pollutants into the environment are accompanying and consequential phenomenon of their regulations.
Once these ministries are given the state environmental regulatory body functions, and/or mechanically unite the structures of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection with other ministries, will lead to a conflict of interest and in this process, since experience dictates will present serious environmental challenges and could inflict massive damage for country’s economy and therefore, significantly ignore the interests of present and future generations.
The country, which is oriented to the implementation of thirty three international environmental conventions and agreements, as well as the fulfillment of the commitments set forth in the Association Agreement between Georgia and the EU, necessarily requires the existence of a single independent environmental state regulatory institution – the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, which will provide healthy opposition to the ministries of economic block to ensure rational use of natural resources and permissible impact on the environment and will contribute to the rapid and successful development of the country along with them.