Management Plan for Ktsia-Tabatskuri Managed Reserve

27 February 2008 | Project completed

The Ktsia-Tabatskuri Managed Reserve (KTMR), an IUCN Category 4 Protected Area in the Samtskhe-Javakheti Region, was established by the Georgian Government in 1995. The reserve is partly situated within the pipeline corridor of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline.

 However, no management authority was established and no management plan was developed until the initiation of the project by IUCN in 2006, in collaboration with the Georgian Center for the Conservation of Wildlife and other national partners. The goal of this project is to develop a management plan for the park using participatory approaches and based on general IUCN guidelines. The plan should be endorsed by all stakeholders and appropriate for government approval. In addition, the development process should enhance capacity at the site and national levels to implement this management plan. The IUCN management guidelines will be translated into Georgian and Georgian Protected Area managers trained based on this publication. The management plan will focus on the conservation of the unique lake, wetland and alpine habitats of Ktsia-Tabatskuri and address the sustainable and equitable use of rangelands within the area. Thereby, the new plan will showcase participatory management planning and IUCN management planning methodology to promote their use throughout the region.

Activities:

  • Baseline study, evaluation, vision development and draft management recommendations for Ktsia-Tabatskuri Managed Reserve; draft management plan.
  • Public consultation of the draft management plan.
  • Advice to the Protected Area Agency regarding the initiation of the plan’s implementation.
  • Training of Georgian protected area managers regarding IUCN management planning guidelines for protected areas.
Donor: BP/BTC Investment
Partners: Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia (beneficiary), Georgian Center for the Conservation of Wildlife, Dzelkva and Gamma consultans.
Project duration: July 2006 - June 2008
Contact person: Dr Tobias Garstecki