|Supporting Biodiversity Monitoring in the Caucasus
Species monitoring is an essential conservation tool for appropriately managing a park’s natural resources. Monitoring provides data on species population trends and ecosystem health, and enables analysis of threats and impacts from human interactions and changing environmental conditions. Presently, there is incomplete data for species in the Caucasus ecoregion. CNF’s goal is to change that. This year we are taking the important first step to putting in place a viable biodiversity monitoring system for all CNF supported parks by 2020.
In 2014, CNF is co-financing the establishment of participatory monitoring system for endangered species in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park in Georgia. This pilot project will act as a template for other monitoring systems in Georgia and across the region.
The project will utilize some of the latest technologies, such as drones and camera traps to identify and monitor BKNP’s key indicator species. Training and capacity building of BKNP’s management will ensure rangers can independently conduct field data collection activities. The project will also emphasize the involvement of local communities through events, a micro-grant program and trainings.
CNF's project partner and Georgian biodiversity experts, NACRES, is implementing the project. Funding is provided by CNF and GEF small grants program.
Thank You, Bank of Georgia
The Bank of Georgia, through its charitable foundation Bank of Georgia Future Foundation, has renewed its commitment to CNF and Georgian Nature in 2014.
The Bank has supported CNF with $375,000 since 2010, making it CNF’s largest corporate sponsor (and second largest private donor).
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A Day at Khosrov with HSBC
Representatives from HSBC Bank—Armenia recently visited Khosrov Forest Reserve where the bank has participated in CNF's Adopt-a-Park program since 2010.
HSBC employees took part in a guided tour and got to see first-hand how their support has improved the park’s infrastructure and horse population.
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