Caucasus Nature Fund Newsletter

Caucasus Nature Fund
September 3, 2012
 
Press Release - For Immediate Release
 

The Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) Cooperates with Georgian Government
 to Support Family of Fallen Georgian Ranger

 
Senior ranger at Borjomi Kharagauli national park, Merab Arevadze, was killed in the line of duty in May 2012. This is the first homicide of a ranger in one of Georgia’s parks--Merab died trying to stop a group of poachers. Merab leaves behind a wife and two young boys.

Working for about 200 EUR per month and without life or accident insurance, Merab approached his difficult job with dedication--as a labor of love.  His death has left his family without the means to support itself.

CNF is establishing a memorial fund to support Merab’s family. CNF will pay a monthly stipend of 300 EUR to the children until they are 18 years old and will continue its support if the children pursue their education beyond that age.  CNF will also make a lump sum payment to the family that complements the similar contribution by the Georgian government.

CNF Executive Director David Morrison commented: 

We at CNF are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Park rangers work daily to protect Georgia’s magnificent wilderness.  The family needs our support, and we are gratified that when we approached our donors with the idea of establishing a memorial fund, several responded immediately with support.”

Georgia’s Head of the Agency of Protected Areas George Shonvadze said:
By coordinating its contribution with that of the government, CNF has turned a partial solution into a comprehensive response to this tragedy. On behalf of all Georgians, I express my deepest respects to the Arevadze family and our warmest thanks to CNF for their support for the family in this difficult time.”
 
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