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

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)…
Birgit Holderied-Kress, KfW South Caucasus Regional Office Director and Tobias Muenchmeyer, Executive Director of CNF
Press release Tbilisi, November 5th, 2021 – The Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) and the German government’s promotional bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) have signed today a EUR 40…
Signing Ceremony with Vice Premier of Georgia Levan Davitashvili (mid), CNF’s Supervisory Board Chair David Morrison (right), Executive DIrector of CNF Tobias Muenchmeyer (left)
The Georgian Government and Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) today announced that they had signed an agreement to support the creation of five new protected areas in Georgia.  The…
Kobuleti Protected Areas. Aerial view, partial (Kobuleti Strict Nature Reserve and Kobuleti Managed Reserve).
As we reported previously, Georgia has nominated the Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list. On July 26th, the World Heritage Committee added…

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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