CAUCASUS NATURE FUND SUPPORTING PEOPLE - CONSERVING NATURE - IN THE CAUCASUS CAUCASUS NATURE FUND working to protect the Caucasus wilderness for future generations CAUCASUS ECOREGION one of the most biologically rich and culturally diverse regions on Earth

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 ecoregion 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 €50 million in assets that supports an annual program of more than €2 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

Tobias Muenchmeyer and Geof Giacomini at Truso Gorge, Kazbegi National Park
Press release (embargoed to Dec. 13th, 21:00 CET) Tbilisi, December 14th, 2020 - Tobias Muenchmeyer has started today as Executive Director of the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF), taking over the management of the project offices in Tbilisi, Georgia and Yerevan, Armenia. He succeeds Geof Giacomini, who is leaving CNF after 5 years. Tobias Muenchmeyer, new [...]
Implemented by the Caucasus Nature Fund, the "Enhancing Financial Sustainability of the Protected Areas System in Georgia" project provides financial, operational and technical support to the Agency of Protected Areas (APA) for 12 target PAs in Georgia. A crucial component of this technical assistance is the support for biodiversity monitoring and in late September and [...]
Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park Hut For Hikers
In Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park’s Nedzvi Reserve, a hiking trail and camping infrastructure are currently being built and are expected to be completed in November. The work consists of a completely new 10 km long hiking trail (beginning at the rangers' checkpoint and moving in the direction of Mount Qarta and Mount Shuano), as well as [...]
Javakheti National Park. Photo: Netional Geographics Georgia, Elizabeth Streeter
By Joseph Alexander Smith   Javakheti National Park. Photo: National Geographics Georgia, Elizabeth Streeter It’s practically impossible to take a bad photo of Javakheti in summer. Much of the frame will inevitably be filled by the bright cerulean sky, brushed with cotton clouds. Then comes a band of volcanic mountain peaks in various shades of [...]

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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