Gland/Tbilisi. IUCN is changing its role in the Caucasus ecoregion. From January 2011 IUCN will strengthen its promotion and support of nature conservation in the region through its new structure – the Caucasus Cooperation Centre. A Concept Paper outlines IUCN’s future role in the region.
On the basis of a situational analysis and through consultations with member organizations and partners, IUCN has developed a Concept Paper to respond to the evident challenges in the Caucasus region. With the overall aim of ensuring nature conservation in the region is more effective, IUCN will provide a range of services to all interested and engaged actors working in the field of conservation. Services will be offered in two priority programme areas: Biodiversity Conservation (with a focus on protected areas and species conservation) and Natural Resources Management (with a focus on forests and water). Services will include access to global nature conservation knowledge, the promotion of synergies among ongoing and planned activities via thematic networks, assistance in identifying gaps and trends in specific sectors and the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes.
IUCN has been present in the Caucasus since the mid-1990s. Over the last four years the IUCN Programme Office has focused on protected areas, biodiversity monitoring, improving forest governance and increasing environmental awareness, mainly through the implementation of projects. This new structure, the IUCN Caucasus Cooperation Centre, will assist existing and future actors in the nature conservation field to more effectively protect the region’s biodiversity.