2013 Program


13 Parks in 2013!

Dear Friend,

mtirala-APAWith new funding from the German government and generous grants from our individual and corporate donors, this year we will add two new parks to our programs in Armenia and Georgia and expand our pilot project in Azerbaijan. In total, CNF will be supporting 13 parks across the South Caucasus in 2013.

In Georgia, CNF is awarding Mtirala National Park a € 210,000 grant over three-years (2013-15). Mtirala’s location between the Black Sea and Adjara Mountain Range gives the park its sub-tropical climate, with average precipitation of 1,200—2,000 mm, creating an amazing forest landscape housing unique flora and fauna.

In Armenia, we are formalizing our relationship with Lake Arpi National Park with a planned three-year grant of € 180,000. Located on the border of Georgia, Lake Arpi is the region’s first trans
boundary park and houses a vast network of wetlandsa crucial resting place for many migrating birds.

In Azerbaijan, the successful completion of our first pilot project in the semi-desert landscape of Shirvan National Park has prompted us to expand our pilot program in the country. Details are still being worked out, but we hope to add support for Shahdag National Park in northern Azerbaijan and the newly created Samur-Yalama National Park that protects the last landscape of oakwood forest on the Caspian sea coast.

lakearpi-WWF 3As always, CNF’s operating grants support the park’s recurring operating costs, including essentials such as infrastructure maintenance, equipment needs and salary supplements to ensure that the parks’ rangers and staff receive a living wage. We expect to be supporting the work of more than 500 people this year doing the day to day work of protecting these unique places.

Our support improves vital park functions such as patrolling, bio-diversity monitoring, tourism and educational outreach. We also support long-term planning, which will be the focus of our work this year with Dilijan National Park in Armenia, home to one of the region’s beautiful temperate mountain forests.

To learn more about the park's we support, visit Our Parks page on our webiste.

South Caucasus Protected Areas featured at ITB Berlin

If you happen to be in Berlin this weekend stop by ITB 2013, the world’s leading travel trade show.

The protected areas of Armenia and Georgia will be featured in hall 3.2 (stands 114 and 115) by representatives from the Ministry of Nature Protection and the Agency of Protected Areas.

The trade show will bring together over 9,800 representatives from 180 countries and 170,000 visitors. For more information→

CNF Supports Insurance for Park Rangers in Georgia

Following the tragic death of a Georgian ranger last summer, CNF offered to assist Georgia’s government in establishing an insurance package for park rangers and staff members.

CNF is happy to announce that the government has embraced our initiative.  As of mid-2013, Georgia’s park personnel for the first time will have health, life and disability insurance benefits. CNF has agreed to finance half of the cost of the program through 2014

CNF praises the government’s quick response and is pleased to have been a part of this initiative. 
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