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


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.


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.



Javakheti National Park. Photo: Netional Geographics Georgia, Elizabeth Streeter

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Dilijan National Park, Armenia

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Geof Giacomini (CNF), Minister Davitashvili and Valerian Mchedlidze (APA) with signed agreement.

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Canyon near Samshvilde, Algeti National Park

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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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