Environment Protection

Over 11,500 Violations of Environmental Law Recorded in 2017

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The Ministry of Environment’s Department of Environmental Supervision (DES) says that in 2017 there were 11,625 instances where the law of Georgia on Environmental Protection was violated. 11,110 of the instances were administrative violations and 515 were criminal violations.

The ‘environmental damage’ amounted to 8,651,243 GEL. According to court decisions, 4,658,500 GEL overall was imposed in fines for environmental damage.

Breakdown of environmental offenses in 2017, according to the DES:

  • Violation of the Forest Code of Georgia - 1,737 instances
  • Violation of timber transportation rules - 1,397 instances
  • Violation of technical regulations - 832 instances
  • Violation of the law on Subsoil - 2,521 instances
  • Violation of the law on Atmospheric Air Protection - 1817 instances
  • Violation of Waste Management Code - 1407 instances
  • Violation of fishing and hunting rules - 1,078 instances
  • Other - 836 instances

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