Partners and Support
Our Strategic Partners constitute our core funding partners. Each has committed in excess of $500,000 to our work. Their commitments have made a substantial and long-term impact on CNF’s success and conservation efforts in the Caucasus.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is committed to education, health, rural development, good governance and sustainable economic development. Under its Caucasus Initiative, BMZ through the German development bank KfW, has committed €28 million in support of CNF in four stages since 2007. BMZ is the most important funder of the protected areas sector in the South Caucasus and also finances development of new protected areas and major protected area infrastructure development through its “open programs” for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. It also finances transboundary cooperation in the region through its Transboundary Joint Secretariat (TJS) initiative. Visit: www.bmz.de
Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity. CI has helped to establish Conservation Trust Funds around the world and is one of CNF’s founding partners. CI contributed $3 million to our initial endowment fund in 2008 and has since supported CNF’s growth with technical and fundraising assistance. Visit: www.conservation.org
The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) has been active in nature conservation all over the world since 1962. WWF was largely responsible for the feasibilitystudy that led to CNF’s creation and is one of CNF’s founding partners. WWF Germany has provided €800,000 in three stages since 2007 and CNF cooperates with the WWF offices in Armenia and Georgia on a various field projects and technical audits. Visit: wwf.panda.org
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organization, GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. GEF, through UNDP committed $2 million to our projects in Armenia and Georgia. The grant was given as an inovative up-front contribution to a “sinking fund” that must be spent over a seven year period in the two countries’ protected areas. Visit: www.thegef.org
The Acacia Conservation Fund (ACF) supports effective and innovative solutions to global biodiversity conservation by providing a mixture of core organizational support and targeted project support to leading international conservation organizations and initiatives. ACF has supported conservation trust funds around the world and has provided CNF with commitments of $840,000 since 2008, making the ACF our largest private donor.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation. CEPF provides grants for non-governmental and private sector organizations to help protect biodiversity hotspots, Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened areas. CEPF contributed to CNF’s start up and administrative costs with two grants in 2008 and 2010 totaling, $850,000, providing a crucial lifeline as CNF developed its program and internal structures. Visit: www.cepf.net
Our sustaining sponsors are typically businesses or foundations that wish to engage with us in support of a project in one of the protected areas. When the financial or in kind support reaches $30,000, we recognize them as sustaining sponsors.
The Bank of Georgia has supported CNF’s work in Georgia since 2010 with financial support totaling $400,000. Among other things, Bank of Georgia’s funding has financed the rehabilitation of the aging BKNP visitors center, creating a modern and attractive facility in which to receive tourists and engage with schools and the local community. Visit: www.bankofgeorgia.ge
HSBC—Armenia has supported CNF’s work in Khosrov Forest Reserve since 2010. Their contributions furnished the recently renovated visitors center at the Vedi entrance of the park and the rehabilitation of a horse stable and corral. Visit: www.hsbc.am
Social responsibility is one of the core values of ProCredit Bank. ProCredit feels the need to contribute to the well being of the society in which it operates and therefore initiates and supports various social projects and educational activities for clients and society at large. ProCredit has supported CNF’s work in Georgia since 2011 and hold yearly clean up days in one of the parks. Visit: www.procreditbank.ge
The TBC Bank via its foundation the TBC Fund is dedicated to contributing to the overall well-being of people throughout Georgia. The TBC Fund, in cooperation with CNF and the Agency of Protected Areas supported the refurbishment of the riding and trekking trail connecting the spectacular mountain regions of Tusheti and Khevsureti. Visit: www.tbcbank.ge
For KPMG, community involvement is an integral part of its corporate mission. The firm has developed successful global strategies for working with clients and its employees and is now developing a global approach to community activities that builds upon the active local involvement of its member firms. KPMG’s offices in Georgia and Armenia have supported CNF’s work since 2010 by providing financial audits, tax advice and feasibility studies at a discounted rate. Visit: www.kpmg.com
RAUE LLP has supported CNF with pro bono legal advice on German foundation law and corporate matters since 2008. Visit: www.raue.com
Hogan Lovells LLP has been providing CNF with pro bono US and international legal advice on tax, finance, intellectual property, employment and similar matters since 2008. Visit: www.hoganlovells.com
Dentons office in Georgia have supported CNF with pro bono legal advice since 2014. Visit: www.dentons.com
Individual donors are crucial to our ability to fund our programs on an annual basis. Individual donors who contribute at least $10,000 in the most recent three year period are eligible to participate in trips and other events organized specially for them. Several donors who have made contributions substantially in excess of this amount do not wish to be named. We are deeply grateful to these donors, as we are to all of our donors and partners, large and small.
- Al Breach
- Ian Hague
- Neil and Nancy Janin
- Ted Jonas
- Gwen Melvin
- David Morrison and Mary Fleming
- Jean Raby
- Marshall and Deborah Wais
While we are unique in focusing on operating costs and long-term support, we are not alone in supporting protected areas of the South Caucasus. As noted, our strategic partners all have a substantial commitment to developing and improving protected areas. In addition, a number of other organizations that do not support us financially support our work by partnering with us on particular projects or coordinating their support with ours. We look on the efforts of these organizations as “in kind” contributions to our work, since in most cases without this support from others we would need to find ways to implement the activities pursued ourselves.
The Transboundary Joint Secretariat (TJS) provides support to the Ministries of Environment of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to increase regional harmonization, sector development in nature conservation and related socio-economic development, as well as promote the development of state of the art operational instruments for sector policies and develop strategies and instruments for sustainable financing of Protected Areas. Visit: www.tjs-caucasus.org
NACRES is a Georgian non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the biodiversity of Georgia and the South Caucasus, through conservation activities at national and local levels, based on sound science, sustainability principles and local participation. Among other things, NACRES cooperates with us on technical audits of the parks in Georgia. Visit: www.nacres.org
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, UNDP focuses on poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and recovery and environment and energy for sustainable development. UNDP acts as the implementing agency for our grant with GEF. Visit: www.undp.org
Caucasus Nature Jewels (CNJ) is a Tbilisi-based boutique that trades in unique art works, handmade crafts, jewelry and textiles created by artisans using traditional techniques. In addition to supporting local artists, CNJ contributes to preserving nature in the region by donating a percentage of revenues from every item sold to CNF. CNJ also assists CNF in increasing its brand recognition by placing CNF’s logo and website on their product labels, as well as displaying brochures and collection boxes in their two stores. Visit: www.caucasusnaturejewels.com