In just five short years, CNF has committed more than 2.7 million Euros of support to the protected areas of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. In 2014 our funding has provided a living wage for over 400 rangers and staff in 12 parks, and enabled them to purchase the essential equipment needed to preserve and manage the amazing nature they are designed to protect.
During the next five years we will increase the number of parks we support. Our new goal is “20 parks by 2020” and by reaching it we will protect nearly one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of Caucasus wilderness. As we grow our portfolio of parks, our mission will also mature. CNF’s core work will remain operating support for the region’s protected areas, but we will deepen our work by ensuring that each of our parks has the planning tools and capacities to improve management and safeguard its future.
Our focus will be on three main issues: conservation programs and species monitoring; eco-tourism and education; and long-term planning. In 2015, after a successful pilot project in Georgia, CNF will be rolling out its indicator species monitoring program in two more parks in Georgia and in a pilot park in Armenia. We will fund the creation of eco-tourism plans for four of the 15 parks we will be supporting next year, giving them the tools to become more self-sufficient. And we will be working on eco-villages in Azerbaijan.
But our planning work will also address everyday issues facing the parks, from maintenance of park facilities to waste management. And of course, once the plans are ready, CNF must be ready with the funds for implementing them.
In 2014, 25% of our program was funded by private donations. Without supporters like you these types of projects just wouldn’t be possible. As you plan your end of year giving, I hope that you will be inspired to support CNF and help us safeguard the protected areas of the Caucasus.
Caucasus Nature Fund