PROJECT 2018: Administration in mountain rescue structures in Georgia – Svaneti region and massif Kazbeg area

In progress
Source of financing:
Polish Development Cooperation Programme
Ministry of Foreign Affair

“Administration in mountain rescue structures in Georgia – Svaneti region and massif Kazbeg area”
The main objective of the project is to support public administration in the creation of mountain rescue structures in Georgia because right now the number of people supervising the safety of tourists in Svanetia and Kazbegi as well as their equipment and level of training is insufficient.

During the project, we will start actions aimed at creating a professional and independent Mountain Rescue Service in Georgia. The project will focus on the training of trainers who will be able to independently train new rescuers in Georgia., according to the project assumptions 72 people will be trained, 6 people will become Aspirant Instructor, the other participants will reach the Candidate level, and I, II and III level of mountain rescue. Conducting training during the whole project will be carried out by Polish experts from the Specialized Services Department, and Polish rescue organizations: Mountain Volunteer Search and Rescue (GOPR) and Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue (TOPR). The trainings are conducted in accordance with IKAR standards – the International Commission for Alpine Rescue – recognized throughout the world.

The project is directly related to the project “Integration and support in operational skills improvement in Mountain Rescue Services in Mestia – region Svanetia” from 2016, co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As part of the project, 12 rescuers were trained, and basic equipment was also purchased. The implementation of the project was successful, participants – rescuers trained in the project – decided to create the organization “Safety in the Mountains”. In 2018-2020 project takes into account the current level of training and the need for emergency services in the region. The ICAD Foundation has been active in Georgia since 2014, where we implemented a total of 3 projects (including one of 2-year) co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The overall goal of these projects was to support the development of the tourism sector. The project is carried out in cooperation with local partners: Mountain Rescue in Georgia “Safety in the mountains” (უსაფრთხოების მთაში), Municipality of Kazbegi, Board of Administration of Mestia Municipality, Kazbegi National Park Friends and partner in Poland – Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue.

The project implementation in 2018-2020 will ensure the safety of tourists in the mountainous regions of Georgia – in Svaneti and Kazbegi, through the creation and support of the development of professional mountain rescue structures.

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