Agency of Protected Areas (APA)
History of establishing of Protected Areas of Georgia dates many years back. The first Protected Area – the Lagodekhi Strict Nature Reserve was created as far back in 1912. Nowadays the total area of the Protected Areas makes 495 892 ha, or 7 % of the country’s territory. About 75 % of Protected Areas are covered by forests.
Agency’s goals are: ensuring functioning of administrations of Strict Nature Reserves, National Parks, Natural Monuments and Managed Nature Reserves and monitoring of rules established by the law, planning and development of new Protected Areas, popularization of Protected Areas and development of ecotourism, planning and arrangement of Protected Areas infrastructure.
Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia
According to the constitution of 1995, Georgia has taken commitment to protect the fundamental human right - to live in healthy environment and enjoy the natural and cultural surroundings, to receive complete and objective information on about their work place and living environment, promote the rational and sustainable use of natural resources.
Nowadays Ministry of Environment Protection coordinates 15 international environmental conventions among the convention ratified by Georgia, 3 protocols and 3 agreements to these conventions. In addition, the Ministry carries out certain actions and participates in environmental activities under 7 international environmental conventions and protocols, which are not ratified by Georgia yet.
Ministry of Nature Protection of Armenia
Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia is an executive authority, which elaborates and implements the policies of the Republic of Armenia Government in the areas of environmental protection and sustainable use of natural resources.
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Republic
Within the implemented structural reforms in the Republic, the following bodies which engaged in environmental protection and separate aspects of use of natural resources and dealt with partly the same works in their activities were liquidated: State control committee on ecology and use of natural resources, “Azerforest” public corporation, Geology Committee, “Azerfish” State Concern, and State Hydrometeorology Committee. Consequently the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources was established under the decree no 485 by the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated May 23, 2001.
Regulation of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources was confirmed under the decree no 583 by the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated september 18, 2001.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
The organization was founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization. Today it is the largest professional global conservation network with more than 1,200 member organizations including 200+ government and 900+ non-government organizations and
almost 11,000 voluntary scientists and experts, grouped in six Commissions in some 160 countries.
IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. The Union’s headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, in Switzerland.