Our Vision

The Caucasus Ecoregion is a global lighthouse for harmony between nature and people, with a thriving biodiversity and the region’s varied human cultures living sustainably and in peace.

Our Mission

Ensure that national parks and other important protected areas in the Caucasus Ecoregion conserve and restore the unique flora, fauna and ecosystems for future generations – and in doing so contribute to the sustainability of the lives and livelihoods of local people who in turn support them. We do this by providing longterm financial and technical support to such protected areas in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and financing and carrying out related activities, working in close cooperation with – and with respect for the diversity of – civil society, local communities, governments and other actors.

Tusheti Protected Areas, Georgia



  • Tobias Muenchmeyer

    Tobias joined CNF as Executive Director in late 2020*. Prior to joining CNF, Tobias was Deputy Political Director and an anti-nuclear and climate campaigner…
    Tobias Muenchmeyer, Executive Director CNF
    Executive Director
  • Tea Barbakadze

    Prior to joining CNF in 2012, Tea worked in a number of organizations in Georgia over a 15 year career that included, most recently,…
    Tea Barbakadze, National Program Coordinator Georgia CNF
    Country Director Georgia
  • Arman Vermishyan

    Prior to joining CNF in 2012, Arman worked for various national and international organizations, including USAID, UNDP, MCA-Armenia, ADB,  and on various environmental projects…
    Country Director Armenia
  • Tamar Pataridze

    Before joining CNF in 2017, Tamar worked in a number of governmental and non-governmental organisations focusing on a wide range of environmental issues, among…
    Regional Conservation Director
  • Rusa Kvezereli-Kopadze

    Prior to joining CNF in 2023, Rusa worked in HR & Administration on Managerial positions in a number of local and international organizations in…
    Regional Financial & Administrative Director
  • Arman Avagyan

    Prior to joining CNF in 2023, Arman worked for Yerevan State University, the Forest State Monitoring Center, the State Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Center and…
    Program Officer
  • Marine Karapetyan

    Marine has more than 20 years' professional experience as reporter and news anchor in different TV companies. Before joining the CNF team, she worked as…
    PR and Programs Coordinator
  • Lia Kalmakhelidze

    Prior to joining CNF in 2021, Lia worked as short-term consultant in various projects mainly focused on eco-tourism and environmental issues. Before that she…
    Program Officer
  • Levan Tabunidze

    Levan Tabunidze joined CNF in February 2023. Levan has more than 18 years of experience in working biodiversity conservation and protected areas. Levan worked…
    Program Officer


  • David Morrison

    David Morrison divides his time between two main activities: his charitable work for nature conservation his work on corporate boards. David's nature conservation work…
    David Morrison, Chairman CNF
  • Kathrin Samson

    Before Kathrin was appointed as the Director Asia of WWF Germany, she was leading the Eastern Himalayas and Tiger Conservation Programme within the organisation.…
    Kathrin Samson
  • Thomas Eisenbach

    Thomas is Head of Division for Energy and Natural Resources in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Department of KfW Development Bank, Germany.…
    Thomas Eisenbach, Board Member CNF
    Board Member
  • Ted Jonas

    A US-trained and educated lawyer licensed in Washington DC, Ted brings over 30 years of relevant experience to CNF’s management structure. Now Senior Counsel…
    Ted Jonas, Board Member
    Board Member
  • Hanna Loikkanen

    Hanna has over 25 years of experience in working with financial institutions in emerging markets with focus on Eastern Europe, CIS and Russia. She…
    Hanna Loikkanen
    Board Member
  • Ronald Kent

    Ronald is Managing Director of UK Finance where he is responsible for wholesale, capital markets, investment and international banks, prudential, tax and technology issues.…
    Ronald Kent, Treasurer CNF
    Board Member


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Governing Documents



Founding Partners

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Funding Partners

CNF is a conservation trust fund created to safeguard the Caucasus ecoregion—one of the most biologically rich and diverse areas on Earth. We provide matching grants and management assistance to the protected areas of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, building capacity to sustain the parks for future generations. Initially established in 2007, by the German Government (BMZ), Conservation International and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), today we are a multi-stakeholder organization.

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