Forest Code and other Georgian laws
The Georgian Forest Code sets the legal framework for forestry management, which it seeks to make sustainable. Article 6 of the law notably defines the four following purposes for the country's forests: 1) to preserve the environmental function and biodiversity of forest, to ensure sustainable use of the economic potential of forest and to facilitate the performance of the social function of forest; 2) to facilitate the preservation and restoration of soil protecting and water and climate regulating functions of forest, and to enhance those functions; 3) to use rationally the productivity of forest, including forest resources, and tourism and recreational potential of forest, taking into consideration the receipt of long-term benefits; and 4) to facilitate the harmonised and sustainable development of various sectors of economy (agriculture, energy, etc.) related to forest ecosystem services, and to protect forest ecosystems from negative cumulative effects.
According to Article 78, the forest tending is a system of measures which mainly aims at preserving and improving the social and environmental functions of forest, including soil protecting, water and climate regulating and other useful functions/properties of forests.