Zangezur Biosphere Complex ©

Zangezur Biosphere Complex ©

Our Parks

CNF is supporting 16 of the 33 Key Protected Areas—over 400,000 ha of wilderness.

Protected areas are the parks, nature reserves and sanctuaries—whether land or sea—least touched by human development. These areas give plants and wildlife the space and resources needed to maintain healthy natural populations and are vital to biodiversity conservation.

There is an extensive network of national parks and nature reserves in the Caucasus, but severe under-funding puts them at risk of becoming nothing more than “paper parks” outlined on a map, while in fact, they are regularly exploited through illegal development, poaching and logging.

CNF’s aim is to support the key protected areas in the South Caucasus with long-term funding and capacity building. We work with local government agencies to develop effective management strategies and long-range planning that emphasizes transparency and accountability. Read more about  Our Approach.

CNF projects in the parks typically involve:

  • supplements for salaries to assure that rangers and other park personnel earn a living wage,
  • equipment purchases (such as computers, cameras, binoculars and saddles for horses),
  • tourism programs and various monitoring and public education activities,
  • small infrastructure projects, such as building and trail maintenance, but also the construction of small facilities such as ranger or tourist shelters.

20 Parks by 2020

CNF aims to support 20 of the Caucasus’ key protected areas by 2020. The parks are chosen on the basis of their biological importance, the presence of appropriate legal and administrative structures, and opportunities for coordination with other donors in the region to increase the impact of our funding.

Overall the ecoregion has about 1.7 million hectares of protected areas. Armenia has more than 380,000 hectares, Azerbaijan more than 800,000 hectares and Georgia almost 500,000 hectares. Within the three countries there are 33 main protected area complexes, these are the parks CNF is focusing its efforts.

More detailed information on CNF supported parks and  projects is provided on the individual park pages below.

Algeti National Park
  • Central Georgia
  • 6,822 ha
  • Priority ecosystem: forest
  • Priority species: brown bear, roe deer
  • Read More →
Arzakan Meghradzor Sanctuary
  • Central Armenia
  • 13,542 ha
  • Priority ecosystems: forest.
  • Priority species: brown bear, Caucasian black grouse.
  • Read More →
Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park
  • Central Georgia
  • 85,047 ha
  • Priority ecosystem: forest, high mountain.
  • Priority species: Bezoar goat, Caucasian red deer.
  • Read more →
Dilijan National Park
  • North-east Armenia
  • 33,765 ha
  • Priority ecosystem: Deciduous forest
  • Priority species: red deer, lynx, Caucasian black grouse
  • Read More →
Gnishik Protected Area
  • Southern Armenia
  • 6,010 ha
  • Priority ecosystem: mountain semi-deserts, dry open woodlands
  • Priority species: Bezoar goat
  • Read more →
Javakheti Protected Areas
  • Southern Georgia
  • 16,209 ha
  • Priority ecosystem: wetland, sub-alpine grasslands.
  • Priority species: 140 species of migratory and resident birds.
  • Read More →
Hirkan National Park
  • South-east Azerbaijan
  • 40,358 ha
  • Priority ecosystems: forest
  • Priority species: Virgin forests, Caucasian leopard
  • Read More →
Kazbegi National Park
  • North-east Georgia
  • 8,686 ha
  • Priority ecosystems: Mountains, alpine/sub-alpine meadow
  • Priority species: East Caucasian tur, chamois
  • Read More →
Khosrov Forest Reserve
  • Central Armenia
  • 23,878 ha
  • Priority ecosystem: forest.
  • Priority species: Bezoar goat, brown bear.
  • Read More →
Kintrishi Protected Areas
  • South-west Georgia
  • 13,893 hectares
  • Priority ecosystems: Colchic relict forest
  • Priority species: Lynx, Brown bear, chamois
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Lagodekhi Protected Areas
  • North-eastern Georgia
  • 24,451 ha
  • Priority ecosystems: forest, fresh water.
  • Priority species: Beech and hornbeam virgin forests, red deer.
  • Read More →
Lake Arpi National Park
  • North-western Armenia
  • 27,500 ha
  • Priority ecosystem: wetland, sub-alpine grasslands.
  • Priority species: 140 species of migratory and resident birds.
  • Read More →
Mtirala National Park
  • Western Georgia
  • 15,698ha
  • Priority ecosystems: Colchic forests
  • Priority species: chestnut, beech, hornbeam, Colcic box tree, Roe deer, Brown bear
  • Read More →
Shahdagh National Park
  • North-eastern Azerbaijan
  • 130,508 ha
  • Priority ecosystem: Forest, high mountain
  • Priority species:  East Caucasian tur
  • Read More →
Shikahogh Reserve
  • Southern Armenia
  • 29,569 ha
  • Priority ecosystems: high mountain, forest.
  • Priority species: Caucasus leopard, Armenian mouflon.
  • Read More →
Shirvan National Park
  • Eastern Azerbaijan
  • 54,373 ha
  • Priority ecosystems: wetland, semi-desert.
  • Priority Species: Goitered Gazelle, migratory birds.
  • Read More →
Tusheti Protected Areas
  • North-eastern Georgia
  • 113,660 ha
  • Priority ecosystems: high mountain.
  • Priority species: East Caucasian tur, 230 endemic plants.
  • Read More →
Vashlovani Protected Areas
  • South-eastern Georgia
  • 35,067 ha
  • Priority ecosystems: grassland, semi-desert.
  • Priority species: wild pistachio, oak and ash trees.
  • Read More →
Zangezur Biosphere Complex
  • Southern Armenia
  • 79,420 ha
  • Priority ecosystems: high mountain, forest.
  • Priority species: Caucasus leopard, Armenian mouflon.
  • Read More →