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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 [...]
Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park Hut For Hikers
In Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park’s Nedzvi Reserve, a hiking trail and camping infrastructure are currently being built and are expected to be completed in November. The work consists of a completely new 10 km long hiking trail (beginning at the rangers' checkpoint and moving in the direction of Mount Qarta and Mount Shuano), as well as [...]
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 [...]
Canyon near Samshvilde, Algeti National Park
By Joseph Alexander Smith   It’s like a lost city of Atlantis, though instead of being hidden under water, it is enveloped in thick forest, teetering above steep limestone cliffs. A narrow road, enclosed on both sides by high stone walls, takes you towards the heart of Samshvilde – in medieval times a thriving city, [...]
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 [...]
The lush forests that cloak the hills and mountains of Dilijan are one of the key factors that draw tourists from all over the world to this beautiful corner of Armenia. Its famous mineral waters were eulogized in the Soviet-era film Mimino, in a scene which mocks the gentle rivalry between Georgia and Armenia, as [...]
With the financial support of the Caucasus Nature Fund, Shtigen LLC recently installed two new solar energy systems on the rooftop of Lake Arpi National Park’s Administration building. Based on estimates, one system will generate 32-34 Megawatts of electricity annually, saving nearly $3,000 per year. In comparison with other types of power systems (hydroelectric, nuclear) [...]
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 [...]
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