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 …

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, …

  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 …

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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