Georgia Moves on in Developing the device of Protected Areas
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and Us Development Programme (UNDP) completed a 7-year programme to market the long-term financial sustainability of Georgia’s protected areas.
With USD A million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the programme was implemented via the Agency of Protected Areas and Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) in cooperation together with the Transboundary Joint Secretariat (TJS) for any South Caucasus.
The summary workshop from the programme on 25 January 2017 created a wide range of partners and beneficiaries. Gigla Agulashvili, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, and Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia, addressed the participants from the meeting.
“The last seven years were critical for building a system of protected areas in Georgia far better and sustainable. We made good progress in improving financial sustainability of Protected Areas, developing biodiversity monitoring and environmental tourism. So that pace of them positive developments, produce your own . to launch the second phase from the programme soon,” Minister Agulashvili said.
Since 2010, the programme has benefitted 10 protected areas and nature in Georgia when using the focus on infrastructure projects, environmental tourism and education.
“Sustainable management of protected areas has environmental, economic and social benefits. The degrees of Borjomi-Kharagauli and Lagodekhi nature demonstrate that local residents are the first to learn from environmental tourism together with other opportunities”, said Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia.
The assist with the protected areas is part of a wider cooperation between your Government of Georgia, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNDP, planning to support Georgia in expanding the the means to access green solutions and making environmental issues an important part of development.