PROGRAM

CNF provides sustainable, long-term funding to

the protected areas of the South Caucasus

AN ENDURING SOLUTION

We provide sustainable, long-term funding to selected Protected Areas in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia designed to improve park management permanently.

Working in partnership with the national governments, CNF provides matching grants for operating costs and salary supplements, essential equipment and maintenance. In addition, we support the development of management plans, biodiversity monitoring systems and ecotourism program that support sustainable development and livelihoods in the local communities.

Tree in Sunset, Vashlovani National Park, Georgia Foto by Agency of Protected Areas, Georgia

OUR APPROACH

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

CNF works through public-private partnerships with the three governments, each side committing to long-term support for the Protected Areas. Following a “50 percent principle”, CNF can match but does not exceed state budgets – potentially doubling a specific park’s operating funds. Our 50% principle promotes a long-term commitment from our partner governments.

To ensure sustainable development in communities surrounding the Protected Areas, CNF stresses the importance of long-term planning processes that meet international standards, including the involvement of local people.

Our 50% principle
promotes a
long-term commitment
from our partner governments.

WHAT WE FUND

Operating Costs

Because governmental budgets for basic operating costs (such as salaries, utilities, maintenance, and equipment) for Protected Areas in the South Caucasus is insufficient, CNF provides a vital and long-term source of funding to ensure essential park functions are maintained. Funding for maintenance of facilities and equipment, for example, ensures that infrastructure and other capital investments made by us and others are not lost.

CNF’s funding priorities in coming years will include staff training to build Protected Area-level capacities and the introduction of new technologies to ensure better patrolling and protection.

Biodiversity Monitoring

Biodiversity monitoring provides data on species’ population trends and ecosystem health, and enables an analysis of threats and impacts from human interactions and changing environmental conditions. It is an essential conservation tool for appropriately managing a park’s natural resources and offers valuable information on the effectiveness of Protected Area management. Presently there is incomplete data for species in the Caucasus ecoregion, and most of the parks lack the capacity to implement even basic monitoring systems.

CNF supports biodiversity monitoring projects by paying for equipment and studies so the parks have reliable data about the species in the region.

Sustainable Tourism

The Caucasus region is known for its cultural as well as biological diversity – with the majority of its inhabitants living in rural areas where the main economic activities include raising cattle and sheep and small-scale farming. Overgrazing, logging and illegal hunting are damaging the region’s ecosystems, resulting in an overall loss of biodiversity and threatening the livelihoods of the local people.

CNF encourages cooperation among governments, local communities and park authorities to promote sustainable economic development and nature protection. CNF funds support sustainable tourism plans which provide alternative and more sustainable economic opportunities.

Long-term Planning

Management plans guide day-to-day operations in the parks and set short- and long-term priorities for administrators. Created with a participatory approach that involves local communities, farmers and other stakeholders, management plans identify potential areas of conflict and propose land use strategies that conserve biodiversity while maintaining rural livelihoods.

CNF has worked with international consultants and local NGOs to create a standard for management plans that encourages long-term planning and efficient use of resources.

OUR PARKS

Algeti National Park, Georgia

Algeti National Park

Georgia

Algeti National Park is located in the Trialeti Range of the Lesser …

Bezoar Goats (Capra aegagrus aegagrus) in Gnishik Protected Area, Armenia; Foto by WWF Armenia

Arpa Protected Landscapes

Armenia

Located in south-central Armenia, Arpa Protected Landscapes (formerly Gnishik PL) is the …

Winter at Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Georgia

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Georgia

Located in the heart of the Lesser Caucasus mountain range, Borjomi-Kharagauli National …

Dilijan National Park © Wikimedia Commons

Dilijan National Park

Armenia

Dilijan National Park is located in northern Armenia, on the Pambak, Aregouni …

Hirkan NP © Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Azerbaijan

Hirkan National Park

Azerbaijan

Located on the shores of the Caspian Sea in South-east Azerbaijan, Hirkan …

Javakheti Protected Areas, Armenia, Georgia - Foto by Agency of Protected Areas Georgia

Javakheti Protected Areas

Georgia

Javakheti Protected Areas is located on a high volcanic plateau that straddles …

Kazebgi National Park, Georgia, Caucasus, Mount Kazbegi

Kazbegi National Park

Georgia

Kazbegi National Park is located high in the Greater Caucasus mountains, and …

Khosrov Forest Reserve, Armenia © WWF

Khosrov Forest State Reserve

Armenia

Khosrov Forest State Reserve is located in the mountainous terrain of central …

Kintrishi Protected Areas, Georgia - Foto by Agency of Protected Areas, Georgia

Kintrishi Protected Areas

Georgia

The dramatic Kintrishi Gorge is located in southwest Georgia, where the Adjara-Imereti …

Lagodekhi Protected Areas, Georgia © Agency of Protected Areas

Lagodekhi Protected Areas

Georgia

Lagodekhi Protected Areas is located on the slopes of the Greater Caucasus …

Lake Arpi, Armenia @ Cissko

Lake Arpi National Park

Armenia

Lake Arpi, located in the extreme northwest corner of Armenia, on the …

Mtirala NP, Georgia: Credit: Agency of Protected Areas

Mtirala National Park

Georgia

Mtirala National Park is situated on the Adjara Mountain Rage, where the …

Shahdag NP, Azerbaijan Credit: Hartmut Mueller

Shahdagh National Park

Azerbaijan

Located in northern Azerbaijan, close to the border with Russia, the parks …

Shirvan National Park, Azerbaijan © EcoFilms/N.Tsiklauri

Shirvan National Park

Azerbaijan

Shirvan is home to the largest population of goitered gazelles in the …

Tusheti Protected Areas, Georgia © Agency of Protected Areas

Tusheti Protected Areas

Georgia

Tusheti Protected Areas is located in the northeastern corner of Georgia, high …

Vashlovani Protected Areas, Georgia

Vashlovani Protected Areas

Georgia

Located in the extreme southeastern corner of Georgia on the plains of …

Zangezur Biosphere Complex © EcoFilms.ge/N.Tsiklauri

Zangezur Biosphere Complex

Armenia

‘Biosphere’ denotes the connectedness and co-dependency of various species within one ecosystem …

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