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Why are 3000 trees being planted when only 428 trees were destroyed by the fire?
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The afforestation of the Mtatsminda plateau was conducted artificially in the middle of the 20th century. The area in question has a rocky surface, so the planting holes were created by explosions. Initially, the area had many more than 428 plants, but the cultivated species gradually died out over the years, and were finally destroyed by the fire. The project will see the existing planting holes being cleaned, covered with new soil and reused.
Why were these specific plant species chosen?
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The reforestation project describes the plant selection process in detail. A meeting with experts took place to discuss this issue, and the eight species of trees were chosen as a result of consultation among the specialists. Most of the plants on the list had already been cultivated on the plateau in the past, and were chosen for that reason. As for the local species, they were chosen as they have a strong aptitude for self-renewal, which is very important for establishing a biodiverse environment on the Mtatsminda plateau.
When can I become involved in the project as a volunteer?
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The Mtatsminda reforestation project consists of several phases. Details can be found in the restoration/reforestation project. Since the plateau is quite steep, most of the works can only be carried out by professionals in accordance with the safety norms. As for the activities that will not endanger the volunteers, their details will be announced on the website in advance, and the number of required volunteers will be indicated. You can complete the registration form, become a volunteer and receive information about the planned activities, as well as other news.
Which specialists are involved in the project?
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The Mtatsminda plateau reforestation project was devised by specialists from the National Botanical Garden of Tbilisi. Furthermore, a working meeting took place with representatives from the Tbilisi City Hall, environmental NGOs and industry experts, as a result of which the project was finalised. The full list of participants during the meeting includes the following: Beka Berdzenishvili (Botanical Garden); Elizaveta Avoyan (Botanical Garden); Papuna Kapanadze (Ministry of Environment); Ilia Akobia (Institute of Botany of Ilia State University); Nikoloz Lachashvili (Institute of Botany of Ilia State University); Nino Eradze (Botanical Garden); Svetlana Khmaladze (Botanical Garden); Jumber Iomidze (Botanical Garden); Ketevan Jibladze (REC Caucasus); Tamar Tolordava (Greens Movement of Georgia); Nino Sulkhanishvili (GWP); Jambul Kantaria (Greening Service); Tazo Darchidze (Botanical Garden); Vakhtang Babidzashvili (Botanical Garden); Ana Inasaridze (CENN); Vladimer Lataria (Department of Environmental Protection); Sergi Sopadze (Ecovision); Ketevan Zhvania (Ecovision); Soso Kartsivadze (Department of Environmental Protection); Giorgi Tsereteli (Department of Environmental Protection.
What will be the size of the plants?
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According to the project prepared by the National Botanical Garden of Tbilisi, it is recommended to plant trees that are 3-4 years of age, 80 cm to 1 m in height, and have a closed root system.
Which company will be carrying out the works?
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The open tender announced by m², the terms of which were based on the document prepared by the National Botanical Garden of Tbilisi, was won by the company National Nursery.
Is there a guarantee that the saplings will grow in difficult circumstances?
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m² will undertake to not only plant the trees on the damaged Mtatsminda plateau, but also to look after them for a period of 3 years. The company carrying out the works is contractually obliged to replace the plants which will be unable to grow.

3,000 trees will be planted on 26 000 sq.m. area of Mtatsminda territory.

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