March 1, 2018

The prospect of Establishing the Biosphere Region in Georgia

The prospect of Establishing the Biosphere Region in Georgia

On February 28, The Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (RECC) organized a meeting within the frames of the project – “Biosphere Reserves as model regions for climate change mitigation and adaptation – capacity development for the establishment of a biosphere reserve in Georgia”. The meeting took place in the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture.

The project is organized by Succow Foundation and Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture and funded within the programme “Capacity development for climate policy in the Western Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Pahse II” of the International Climate Initiative, implemented by GIZ with funds from Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservatiion,  Building and Nuclear Safety.

The project is being implemented in Georgia since 2015 and aims to strengthen the capacity of establishing biosphere region at national and local level.

The project preparatory stage is in its final phase which considers finalizing decision in terms of establishing biosphere region management.

It is important that decisions will be made by the cooperation of stakeholders and decision makers, where the representatives of state structure as well as non-governmental and civil society will also participate.

During the meeting, the attendees discussed the results achieved over the course of project implementation process as well as planned activities in the near future, which includes final decision on establishment and management of Kakheti biosphere region, zoning, management, financing and other important issues.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, local self-government of Akhmeta, Telavi and Dedoplistskharo municipalities, GIZ, Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (RECC) and the representatives of Biodiversity Conservation and Research Centre – NACRES.