Developing National Systems of Protected Areas and Capacity Development for Management Authorities

Dating back to the creation of Lagodekhi Reserve in Georgia in 1912, there is a long history of protected areas in the Caucasus. Most of them were designated in the second half of 20th Century. The region comprises protected areas of different categories (from IUCN category I to VI), with Strict Nature Reserves (the former Soviet Zapovedniks) forming a significant part.

Protected areas comprise nearly 8% of the whole territory of the region at present. The protected area systems in the South Caucasus are still in transition, with many new National Parks and other protected areas being created and new forms of management and participation under development. IUCN supports the responsible ministries and government agencies to consolidate and develop their national protected areas systems, drawing upon international best practice. This is achieved through a range of activities including national planning workshops and trainings on protected area management planning.


  • Undertake a desk-study on the current state of protected areas, their history, as well as opportunities, constraints and threats related to protected areas.
  • Derive a needs assessment for national protected area systems.
  • Organize national workshops on the development or improvement of national strategies and action plans for protected areas;
  • Produce national strategy and action plan for protected area systems, based on workshop outcomes and in collaboration with national stakeholders.

Donor: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Partners: Ministries of the Environment of South Caucasus States
Project duration: 07/2007-07/2008
Contact person: Ms Ketevan Skhireli

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