Tusheti Protected Areas
Tusheti is located in the Eastern Caucasus Mountains. One of the largest protected areas in Europe, Tusheti’s 113,660 hectares of high mountain terrain is considered one of Georia’s most beautiful regions. The remote region is accessible only 4-5 months in a year but still attracts many visitors with its snowy peaks, vast mountains and alpine pastures, unique virgin pine forests, crystal clear streams and rivers; old villages and well preserved towers of the Middle Ages. Tusheti is home to the endangered East Caucasian tur, chamois and Bezoar goat. Other animals include roe deer, wild boar, brown bear, red fox and wolf. 120 species of birds inhabit Tusheti including endangered Caucasian snowcock and Caucasian black grouse. 230 endemic species of plants are found in the region; Red birch, Caucasian fritillaries and Caucasian rhododendron are among them.
Supported since: 2012
Grant amount: €284,400 (2012-2014)
Recent Projects and Investments:
- Long-term planning support; a three-year management plan set to international standards was created in 2013.
- Refurbishment of the visitors center.
- Improved monitoring and patrolling; new patrol vehicles, GPS units, camera traps.