October 5, 2011

Kazbegi Protected Areas – Nature Conservation Meets Socio-Economic Needs

Kazbegi Protected Areas – Nature Conservation Meets Socio-Economic Needs

Transboundary Joint Secretariat
for the Southern Caucasus

Promoting cooperation in nature conservation

From September 30 – October 1, at Ilia State University Institute of Alpine Ecology in Stepanstminda, the Transboundary Joint Secretariat for Nature Conservation in the southern Caucasus (TJS) – organized a two-day workshop with local NGO’s, authorities and community representatives living in the vicinity of Kazbegi National Park.

The workshop attendants represented the Mtskheta-Mtianeti Governor’s Office, the local municipality, non-governmental organizations, the Agency of Protected Areas and local communities. They discussed the prospects of further developing the Kazbegi Protected Areas and their potential involvement in socio-economic development of the local area.

Prior to the workshop, a study tour had been organized for all these interested parties from the Kazbegi district to the Tusheti Protected Areas (9-12 September). By examining the Tusheti case, the workshop participants worked out a concrete plan to promote the socio-economic development of communities in and around the Kazbegi National Park.

The Transboundary Joint Secretariat (TJS) provides support to the Ministries of Environment of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to increase regional sector harmonization and sector development in nature conservation and related socio-economic development.

The TJS is implemented as one of three components of the Ecoregional Nature Protection Programme for the Southern Caucasus which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through KfW

TJS is implemented by AHT-Group AG, Essen, Germany, in association with REC Caucasus in Tbilisi, Georgia.