2018 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Georgia

Report
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

FUNDING FY15 FY16 FY17 FY98–17 TOTAL
DOS NADR - CWD 500 0 0 28,605
DOS Other 0 0 0 2,644
DoD 209 20 55 1,565
USAID 0 0 1,998 1,998
COUNTRY TOTAL 709 20 2,053 34,812

Dollars in thousands

GEORGIA

In addition to inheriting large stockpiles of old and deteriorating Soviet munitions, Georgia is also wrestling with landmine and UXO contamination from the conflicts in the South Ossetia (1988–1992) and Abkhazia (1992–1993) regions of Georgia, and the more recent 2008 conflict with Russia. This contamination is concentrated along the boundary lines between these regions, and around former Soviet military bases. In November 2011, all 336 known minefields in the Abkhazia region were declared by HALO to be “mine free.” While Department of State CWD funding to Georgia concluded in 2015, program activities continued into 2017 focusing on final clearance and land release. The government of Georgia’s goal is to clear all residual UXO contamination independently, using national funds and EOD resources.

From 1998 to 2017, the United States provided more than $34.8 million in CWD programs in Georgia aimed at training, clearance, safe disposal of mines and UXO, and destruction of excess and aging conventional military weapons and ammunition.

In 2017, the Department of State supported the following implementing partner (with FY15 funds):

  • HALO cleared and released 2.2 million square meters (544 acres) of land at the former Soviet training range at Udabno through UXO remediation.

With funding from the Department of Defense, USEUCOM continued to collaborate with the Georgian military for the fourth year providing EOD, battle area clearance, and emergency medical assistance train-the-trainer engagements. USEUCOM also completed two EOD Level I events in 2017.

USAID’s Leahy War Victims Fund supported Emory University to strengthen the capacity of local physical rehabilitation professionals.