GRID-Tbilisi is the 16th node of the UNEP/GRID network. It is non-profitable
environmental NGO and its staff includes six full-time professional geographers,
cartographers, and information scientists. The main objective of the canter
is to disseminate environmental information using modern information technologies
such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and the Internet.
The canter was created based on the Georgian Geoinformation Canter "G.Info"
that served as a preliminary link for the UNEP/ENRIN program.
GRID-Tbilisi was established in October 8, 1998 as a result of the agreement between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Georgian Ministry of Environment (GMoE) on the "Establishment of a UNEP/GRID-compatible Environmental Information Network Canter for Georgia". This agreement was signed at the Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" in Aarhus (Denmark) in June 23, 1998 by the Georgian Deputy Minister Merab Sharabidze and UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer.
Main purposes of GRID-Tbilisi are to help strengthen decision-making process
in Georgia through the UNEP/GRID system, in putting environmental information
into practical use, and to serve as a working example of how non-profit organisation
with government support can make such a contribution.
GRID-Tbilisi provides timely and reliable geo-referenced information and access to a unique, Geographical Information System (GIs) service, for addressing environmental issues at regional, national and sub-national levels, in order to bridge the gap between scientific understanding of global environmental processes and sound management of the environment.
In November 04, 1999 GRID-Tbilisi signed Memorandum of Understanding with UNEP/ROE on establishment of UNEP National Committee for Georgia by signing the memorandum UNEPCOM Georgia will be functioning as a branch office under the auspices of GRID-Tbilisi GRID-Tbilisi will carry out all necessary legal and administrative activities to make UNEPCOM Georgia fully operational national wide committee.
© UNEP/GRID-Tbilisi, 2000
1, M. Alexidze St. Tbilisi, 380093, GEORGIA
Phone/Fax: (995-32) 942808
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Last Updated: 24/02/2000