OUR PURPOSE

NATURE PROTECTION IN THE SOUTH CAUCASUS

CNF provides vital funding support for nature conservation in the stunning wilderness areas of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. These three countries form the core of an eco-region that is one of the most biologically rich on Earth and are home to an unusually high number of endemic plant and animal species.

Azat River, Armenia © Wikimedia Commons

OUR STORY

We began work in 2008 with a clear vision but limited funding (just €7.5 million). Determined and creative fundraising led to steady increases in our funding base which in turn permitted a gradual build-out of our program. Today we manage more than €35 million in assets that support an annual program of approximately €1.5 million. That remarkable success has made us a valued partner of the governments whose Protected Areas we support.

OUR WORK

CNF provides matching grants for operating costs including salary supplements, essential equipment and maintenance of national parks and nature reserves in the region. In addition, we support the development of management plans, biodiversity monitoring systems and sustainable economic development through ecotourism programs.

Working in partnership with the national governments, we provide continuing support – both to assure basic funding for the long-term and to build local capacities so that management effectiveness in the parks is permanently improved.

WHERE WE WORK

LATEST NEWS

Signature Ceremony at KfW: G. Giacomini (CNF), O.Zymelka (KfW)

Last week, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the German Development Bank (KfW) contributed €6.8 million to the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF). Signing …

Vano Kupradze

September 5 2018 was a day like any other in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Just before noon, Vano Kupradze, the Head of the Protection Division at the National park, …

With the financial support of the Caucasus Nature Fund, Shtigen LLC recently installed two new solar energy systems on the rooftop of Lake Arpi National Park’s Administration building. …

Yellow Water-Lily (Nuphar lutea) blossom, Lake Arpi National Park, Armenia

The Yellow Water-Lily, once flourishing throughout Armenia’s wetlands,  exists today only in the Akhuryan river in Lake Arpi National Park, and is currently included in Armenia’s Red Book …

OUR PARTNERS

CNF is a conservation trust fund created to safeguard the Caucasus ecoregion—one of the most biologically rich and diverse areas on Earth. Initially established in 2007 by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the KfW Development Bank (KfW), Conservation International and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), today we are a multi-stakeholder organization.

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