We are thrilled to announce the launch of a Scholarship for the “Biodiversity Research and Conservation” joint Master's Program of the International…
Birds Monitoring in Protected Areas of Armenia will be carried out for 2024 with the financing of the Caucasus Nature Fund, with…
In a bid to bolster conservation efforts and ensure effective management of natural habitats, the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) program team has…
CNF received a €10,000 grant from GLS Investments for its “Khor Virap” sanctuary ponds restoration project as part of a competition last…
From April 29 to May 2, Executive Director of Caucasus Nature Fund Elizabeth Messud was on a regular working visit to Armenia.…
In 2023, the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, in collaboration with the Agency of Protected Areas, took a notable…
In a decision confirming Georgia's commitment to environmental conservation, the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture has announced a significant expansion of…
CLick to view PDF Presentation For the donors on 16-04-2024  
The spring cooperation of CNF and Art Lunch – one of Yerevan’s most popular lunch spots for people working or meeting in…
Memorandum of Understanding for Wildlife Monitoring with the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Armenia and the Scientific Center of…
Monitoring of rodents will be carried out for 2024 with the financing of the Caucasus Nature Fund, with the possibility of extension…
In a concerted effort to fortify the capabilities of the newly-established Racha National Park (NP) and the administrative staff of four of…
The recently concluded SMART Global Congress 2024, held from 9th to 14th March in Namibia, served as a significant platform for global…
On March 6th 2024, the first meeting of the Coordination Council for the National System of Biodiversity Monitoring took place. The Council…
March 7 2024, signing of grant agreements with Agency of Protected Areas, Georgia
Caucasus Nature Fund Continues Decade-Long Support: Grant Agreements Signed for Six Protected Areas Administrations with the Agency of Protected Areas Continuing their…
In the week of 26 February, CNF’s Regional Conservation Director travelled from Tbilisi to Yerevan to undertake a number of important meetings…
What a pleasure to meet with the members of the Tbilisi Youth Club! A group of dedicated young leaders, the Club reflects…
International Ranger Day 2023, Armenia - Ranger Award
The release took a little longer, but it was worth the wait. Today we show how we celebrated International Ranger Day in…
CNF, Caucasus Nature Fund and partner Bank of Georgia, Interview with Tea Barbakadze, National Director Georgia, CNF
You can find the original Georgian version of the Interview on the Bank of Georgia Blog here. January 31, 2024 Support of…
SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) handheld devices to record observations and incidents © Caucasus Nature Fund / CNF, 2024
Georgia's Protected Areas Thrive with SMART In the realm of conservation, the implementation of cutting-edge technology has become a crucial factor in…
Annual Awards from Caucasus Nature Fund and the Agency of Protected Areas, December 24th & 25th 2023, Georgia
Front row, from left to right: Tea Barbakadze, CNF; Levan Tabunidze, CNF; Nata Sultanishvili, Head of Planning and Development Division of the…
Bundesverdienstkreuz, David Morrison at BMZ, Berlin, 13.12.2023. Photo: zahn/phototek.de
December 13th, 2023 We are proud to announce that our former Executive Director and current Chairman of the Supervisory Board David Fielding…
Khor Virap Sanctuary, Wetlands, Armenia
The Khor Virap Sanctuary was established by Governmental decision on January 25, 2007 to protect the wetland ecosystem. Located in the eastern…
Caucasus Nature Fund presented at the Summit of Protected Areas in Georgia 2023
November 7th, 2023, Borjomi, Georgia The first International Summit on Protected Areas in Georgia was organized and hosted by the Agency of…
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Signing of the Grant Agreement related to the financing of the operational expenses of Tusheti Protected Landscape Administration
Press release The Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF), a charitable foundation established under the German legislation in 2007 that has been assisting protected…
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…
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)…
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…
Monday 3 May 2021, Tbilisi, Georgia. On the occasion of International Leopard Day today the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) has released its…
Tobias Muenchmeyer and Geof Giacomini at Truso Gorge, Kazbegi National Park
Press release (embargoed to Dec. 13th, 21:00 CET) Tbilisi, December 14th, 2020 - Tobias Muenchmeyer has started today as Executive Director of…
Implemented by the Caucasus Nature Fund, the "Enhancing Financial Sustainability of the Protected Areas System in Georgia" project provides financial, operational 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…
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…
Dilijan National Park, Armenia
The mountains, forests and lakes of Armenia are some of the last true wilderness locations  in Europe and need to be protected…
Geof Giacomini (CNF), Minister Davitashvili and Valerian Mchedlidze (APA) with signed agreement.
Georgia’s Agency of Protected Areas (APA) performs the critical function of managing its precious Protected Areas’ (PAs) system. From Prometheus Cave to…
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…
Marsh Marjan Award Certificate
In early November, the Caucasus Nature Fund’s (CNF) Executive Director Geof Giacomini was in London to accept the one-of-a-kind Marsh Marjan Award…
Board of CNF at Signature Ceremony, November 2019
Over the past 10 years the Caucasus Nature Fund has provided nearly 10 million Euro of funding directly to improve the management…
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…
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…
Signing Ceremnony Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and CNF
On 5th of March, the Caucasus Nature Fund signed a Framework Agreement with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the…
Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Georgia by Kvabiskhevi K.G.
On February 28th, the Inception Workshop for the five year “Enhancing Financial Sustainability of the Protected Area System in Georgia” program was…
It’s late November and the trees that cloak the hills around the Georgian spa town of Borjomi are still splashed with colour…
The lush forests that cloak the hills and mountains of Dilijan are one of the key factors that draw tourists from all…
Signature Ceremony at KfW: G. Giacomini (CNF), O.Zymelka (KfW)
Last week, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the German Development Bank (KfW) contributed €6.8 million to…
Vano Kupradze
September 5 2018 was a day like any other in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Just before noon, Vano Kupradze, the Head of the…
With the financial support of the Caucasus Nature Fund, Shtigen LLC recently installed two new solar energy systems on the rooftop of…
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…
The day after CNF's  10th Anniversary Gala, the CNF board de-camped to Borjomi Protected Areas, where it held a regular meeting and used…
6 June 2018—CNF celebrated its 10th anniversary with a gala highlighting CNF’s work in Georgia and across the region. The event brought…
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…
Caucasus Nature Fund Signing Ceremony in Berlin November 16th 2017
The German government  through its Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the KfW Development Bank (KfW), has contributed another…
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…
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…
You’ll need a smartphone to see them, but virtual leopards have been on the prowl up and down Armenia this summer, as…
Bezoar goat (Capra aegagrus aegagrus) at Lagodekhi, Geogia
Camera-traps installed in the forests of Lagodekhi Protected Areas in Eastern Georgia have captured images of a Bezoar goat, months after an…
Male Bezoar (Capra aegagrus aegagrus) at Lagodekhi, Georgia
Camera –traps installed in the forests of Lagodekhi Protected Areas in the mountains of Eastern Georgia have caught images of an unexpected…
Algeti National Park, Georgia
Not even a month has passed since Giorgi Aptsiauri, 25, joined the team of rangers in Algeti National Park, an hour’s drive…
Dilijan, Armenia
Meeting the Transcausian Trail’s Armenia staff in the glass-clad, ultra-modern setting of downtown Yerevan’s Impact Hub, it’s hard to imagine any of…
The Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) is pleased to announce that Ted Jonas has been elected to the Fund’s Board of Directors, effective…
Someone I know said, “Travelling is writing poetry with your feet”. If that is true, over the past 6 months, I think…
Procurement can often be a challenging task which demands the highest level of accuracy, and even the smallest mistake can have the…
On Monday 27th June, CNF’s Executive Director Geof Giacomini, who has recently relocated to Tbilisi, met with the heads of Georgia’s Agency…
Friends and partners of the Caucasus Nature Fund gathered in Tbilisi on June 20th to honour David Morrison for his work as…
In my last letter as the organization’s head, I am delighted to introduce my successor, CNF’s new Executive Director George (Geof) Giacomini.…
CNF’s out-going Executive Director, David Morrison, was awarded a special gold medal during a meeting last week with Armenia’s Minister of Nature…
Armenians have long referred to the resort town of Dilijan – with its green forested mountains and quaint stone houses – as…
Spring is almost here and with it will come a new generation of leadership at the Caucasus Nature Fund. With some sadness…
In the South Caucasus, as in many places around the world, it’s taken as a given that governments should be directly involved…
The tournament in the village of Vakhani on the edges of Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, is a big affair, held every year at…
Female caspian red deer (Cervus elaphus maral), Armenia
The Caucasus Nature Fund is supporting an exciting new initiative to re-introduce Caucasian Red Deer to Armenia, decades after the species became…
Having work experience in sustainable and eco-tourism in their respective homelands of Germany and Estonia, Margarete (Greta) Hartmannsberger, 28, and Meriliis (Liis)…
Disappointed by a lack of souvenir shopping options after a visit to Georgia’s protected areas, Eva Maria Melchers—member of CNF’s advisory board—started…
Georgia's Ministers of the Interior (Left), Environment (centre) and Finance (right) sign a memorandum on cooperation to tackle illegal activity in Georgia's…
10 June 2015—CNF celebrated its 5th anniversary of partnership with the Georgian government with a reception highlighting CNF's work in Georgia and across…
Earth Hour, UN Circle, Tbilisi, Georgia © Onnik James Krikorian 2015
Last weekend on March 28, CNF and its local partners celebrated Earth Hour—symbolically switching off the city’s lights for 60 minutes in…
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus maral), Armenia
The Caucasian Red Deer (Cervus elaphus maral) was widespread in Armenia during the late 19th century, large populations could be found in…
Salome Idoidze
Patience, charm and a good sense of humour are all desirable qualities in a park ranger. Luckily, Salome Idoidze, 23—Georgia’s only female…
Winter in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Georgia
The mountainous Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park in central Georgia is offering visitors a chance to experience the park’s stunning winter landscapes with a…
Mitrala National Park, Georgia
Adjara on the shores of the Black Sea. From the subtropical coastline, dotted with citrus plantations and seaside resorts, the lesser Caucasus…
Biomonitoring with drone
CNF’s partner NACRES is currently developing and testing a drone device which will be used to monitor bio-diversity in Georgia’s Borjomi-Kharagauli national…
5 November 2014—Along with WWF and KfW, CNF co-hosted "Legends of Nature on Europe's Border" a presentation and celebration of 15 years of…
Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Georgia
In the chaos and economic collapse of post-Soviet Georgia, the country’s natural riches were seen by many as a resource to be…
Driving through Vashlovani Protected Areas, you could be forgiven for thinking you had been transported to another continent. Limestone canyons rise cathedral-like…
On Location in Borjomi-Khargauli National Park
During my recent visit to Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, I had a chance to switch roles for a day! I hung up my…
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus maral) © Agency of Protected Areas, Georgia
The Caucasian red deer has been spotted in Tusheti Protected Areas after decades of absence. The Caucasian red deer or Cervus elaphus…
Pirikita Valley, Tusheti National Park Horseback riding, hiking and camping bring us close to nature. This passed June I went with two…
Fighting Bezoar Goats © WWF-Armenia/A.Malkhasyan
Because Armenia’s Khosrov Forest is only an hour or so from Yerevan, I have been there at least a dozen times over…
PRESS RELEASE The Caucasus Nature Fund announced today that Bank of Georgia, through its charitable foundation Bank of Georgia Future Foundation, has…
Armenia tourism MoU signing
On February 21, 2014,  CNF, The National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia (NCFA), and the World Wide Fund for Nature in Armenia (WWF) signed…
Horse back riders in Khrosov Forest Reserve Armenia
Remarks of David Morrison on the Occasion of the Signature of an MOU on Protected Areas Tourism Development in Armenia, February 2014…
Sometimes your first impression is: this place is beautiful, enchanting, magical. But over the years and after many visits,you can come to…
In my capacity as chair of CNF's board, from time to time, I venture out to get a closer look at the…
Khosrov Forest, Khosrov Forest Reserve, Armenia
I recently had the opportunity to take a wonderful horseback riding tour through Khosrov Forest State Reserve. In my capacity as National…
Shahdagh National Park, Azerbaijan
Mid-June and I’m back in Caucasus nature—this time in Azerbaijan—to check on our first steps to support the development of the national…
mud volcano, Azerbaijan
  Mid-June and I’m back in Caucasus nature—this time in Azerbaijan—to check on our first steps to support the development of the…
TBC Bank
We are very pleased to announce that TBC Bank is our latest private sector partner. TBC, one of Georgia’s largest banks, has…
  Mid-June and I'm back in Caucasus nature—this time in Azerbaijan—to check on our first steps to support the development of the…
ProCredit Signing
ProCredit Bank in Georgia renewed their support for CNF's work in Lagodekhi Protected Areas. This latest grant makes ProCredit one of our…
USDOI Signing
On June 13th, 2013, Director of the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF), Mr. David Morrison, Chairman of the Agency of Protected Areas (APA),…
Khosrov Forest Reserve, Armenia
Mid-April, CNF's Armenia national coordinator Arman Vermishyan and I set off for a closer look at some of the Armenian protected areas…
Lake Goshi in Dilijan National Park, Armenia
Mid-April, CNF's Armenia national coordinator Arman Vermishyan and I set off for a closer look at some of the Armenian protected areas…
Lake Sevan, Artanish peninsula, Armenia
Mid-April, CNF's Armenia national coordinator Arman Vermishyan and I set off for a closer look at some of the Armenian protected areas…
The Bank of Georgia renewed their support for CNF’s work in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park (BKNP) in Georgia. This latest grant makes the…
Kazbegi National Park, Georgia
Late March I was in Georgia again to sign our 2013 grants and meet with our partners at the Agency of Protected…
At year-end 2012 we received a new Euro 7 million grant from the German government through its Ministry of Economic Cooperation and…
Lagodekhi Protected Areas, Georgia © Agency of Protected Areas
Lagodekhi Reserve is situated in the greater Caucasus range. First established in 1912, it is the oldest protected area not only in Georgia…
Recent Caucasian leopard tracks in Armenia give new hope to conservationists working in the Caucasus. Villagers in the Shvanidzor and Syunik province as well as…
Lake Arpi NP, Armenia
2012 has been a big year for CNF—we are now supporting 9 parks in the South Caucasus and more than half way…
Road to Tusheti PA Credit: NACRES
As the first snow fell in the Greater Caucasus range, CNF program manager, Tea Barbakadze, headed to Tusheti Protected Areas for a peak…
© WWF-Armenia/A. Heidelberg
The core of the CNF mission is to support protected areas. People often ask me a very simple and direct question—why protected…
Each charity is different.  When choosing a charity, one point I always try to consider is whether its mission is well defined…
BKNP fire fighting equipment
CNF Fire-Fighting Equipment Helps Put out Georgian National Park Forest Fires In February of 2009, the CNF's first grant was to Borjomi Kharagauli…
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