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Implemented by the Caucasus Nature Fund, the "Enhancing Financial Sustainability of the Protected Areas System in Georgia" project provides financial, operational and technical support to the Agency of Protected Areas (APA) for 12 target PAs in Georgia. A crucial component of this technical assistance is the support for biodiversity monitoring and in late September and [...]
Javakheti National Park. Photo: Netional Geographics Georgia, Elizabeth Streeter
By Joseph Alexander Smith   Javakheti National Park. Photo: National Geographics Georgia, Elizabeth Streeter It’s practically impossible to take a bad photo of Javakheti in summer. Much of the frame will inevitably be filled by the bright cerulean sky, brushed with cotton clouds. Then comes a band of volcanic mountain peaks in various shades of [...]
Mtirala National Park © APA, Georgia
It’s early October and – apart from a light mist curling up the verdant foothills of the Adjara-Imereti Mountain Range – the skies above the Georgian Black Sea resort town of Kobuleti, are unseasonably clear. Chasing the last rays of summer sun and an off-season drop in prices, a handful of tourists from neighboring Russia [...]
Trapped Tur, ready for getting a collar
In 1887, the British traveler and diplomat, Oliver Wardrop, crossed the fertile Alazani valley in search of adventure in the forested mountains above the small town of Lagodekhi in Eastern Georgia. Commenting on the view across the valley from his lodgings in Sighnaghi, Wardrop noted “the grand Caucasus mountains, rising like a wall from the [...]
It’s late November and the trees that cloak the hills around the Georgian spa town of Borjomi are still splashed with colour – tangerine-orange, pear-yellow and scarlet red – as a weak winter sun pokes through thin, wispy clouds. Inside the Borjomi Palace hotel, Kazakh tourists in white bathrobes and slippers shuffle through the corridors [...]
Yellow Water-Lily (Nuphar lutea) blossom, Lake Arpi National Park, Armenia
The Yellow Water-Lily, once flourishing throughout Armenia’s wetlands,  exists today only in the Akhuryan river in Lake Arpi National Park, and is currently included in Armenia’s Red Book of Plants as Critically Endangered. Even this though, is good news as it was at one point thought to be extinct due to the rapid decline in [...]
Red Deer Stag, Breeding Center, Dilijan National Park, ArmeniaRed Deer Stag, Breeding Center, Dilijan National Park, Armenia
In 19th century Armenia, the Caucasian Red Deer (Cervus elaphus maral) wandered freely through the forests of this mountainous nation, however the population was over-hunted in the 20th century, ultimately becoming locally extinct in the 1950s. Although some small groups from neighbouring countries managed to re-establish themselves in Armenia, according to WWF Armenia, these groups [...]
East Caucasian Tur, Capra caucasica cylindricornis
Our horses heaved and snorted as they pulled us up the steep, narrow ridge, deep in the forests of Lagodekhi. Their shoes occasionally struck protruding ridges of crumbling slate, leaving an eerie ring in the air. In other places, their hooves would churn the light soil and decaying leaves underfoot into an orange-brown mush. The [...]
Lagodekhi, Georgia
This blog post was written by David Morrison, former Executive Director of Caucasus Nature Fund, now Chair of CNF's Board of Directors  When I started CNF in 2008 I had no idea I would stay for over eight years or that, with Geof having now taken over as CNF’s Executive Director, I would take on a [...]
You’ll need a smartphone to see them, but virtual leopards have been on the prowl up and down Armenia this summer, as part of a WWF campaign to raise awareness about one of the Caucasus region’s most elusive residents. As part of the competition “Photo with the Leopard”, special ground markers and banners were placed [...]
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