The kick-off meeting of the EU funded project “Establishment of Vashlovani Biosphere Reserve in Kakheti Region as a Model for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth” was held today, on December 17 at the conference hall of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.
The aforementioned meeting was dedicated to the launching of the project, which aims at planning biosphere reserve in Dedoplistskaro municipality and its submission for international nomination to UNESCO and Man & Biosphere – MAB.
The EU funded project, with the budget of 333,000.00 EU, is being implemented by the Dedoplistskaro Municipality, together with the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus). The project ends in 2021.
The meeting was opened by the Deputy Minister of the Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia - Mr Iuri Nozadze, the Mayor of Dedflistskaro - Mr Nikoloz Janiashvili and the Director of REC Caucasus - Ms Sophiko Akhobadze.
“Support of the regional development is the priority of our state and ministry. Biosphere reserve is a good example of harmonious coexistence of man and nature and I do believe this instrument will be successfully applied the introduction of nature conservation and sustainable agriculture united approach in Georgia. For its part, it will result in positive impact on local population’s welfare” – noted Mr Nozadze.
“Establishment of biosphere reserve will significantly increase region’s visibility and recognition internationally and contribute to creating new working places. Furthermore, I am very happy this is the very first EU funded project in the Kakheti region, which is being implemented by the Dedoplistskaro Municipality, together with our good partner, the REC Caucasus" - said Mr Janiashvili.
The project “Establishment of Vashlovani Biosphere Reserve in Kakheti Region as a Model for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth” is being implemented under the thematic programme of EU: “Support to local authorities in Georgia”. The duration of the project is two years.