Ramaz Gokhelashvili, Director of the IUCN Programme Office for the Southern Caucasus, was selected to receive the CNR Alumni Achievement Award for 2008 of the College of Natural Resources of the University of Idaho, for his career record since graduating from CNR in 2000.
At the award ceremony on April 19, Ramaz was congratulated by Steven B. Daley Laursen, Dean of the College of Natural Resources, and other College staff.
Ramaz is a biodiversity conservation specialist and wildlife ecologist, as well as a natural resources and environmental manager, with 18 years of experience in these fields. He has initiated and managed numerous nature conservation projects, assessments, and studies in Georgia and elsewhere in the Caucasus. Ramaz also has experience in the fields of biodiversity policy development, regional and international environmental cooperation, and NGO sector development and networking. He is author of six books, more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers and more than 70 articles on the subject of natural resources management.