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.

Machakhela National Park
Machakhela National Park, Georgia
Azat River, Armenia © Wikimedia Commons
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 €95 million in assets that supports an annual program of more than €2.5 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 protected areas 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 and communities, 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.



Caucasus Nature Fund presented at the Summit of Protected Areas in Georgia 2023
November 7th, 2023, Borjomi, Georgia The first International Summit on Protected Areas in Georgia was organized and hosted by the Agency of Protected Areas (APA) and the Ministry…
Click to read the CNF Annual report 2022 
Signing of the Grant Agreement related to the financing of the operational expenses of Tusheti Protected Landscape Administration
Press release The Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF), a charitable foundation established under the German legislation in 2007 that has been assisting protected areas in Georgia since 2009, is…
2004 Vashlovani National Park, Geogria, Camera Trap Leopard - (c) NACRES
By Tatjana Rosen, Conservation Adviser, CNF and IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group member   It has been a long absence. Last time a Persian leopard (Panthera pardus tulliana)…


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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