The IUCN Programme Office for the Southern Caucasus has convened the third national stakeholder workshop within the TEMATEA component of the project “Halting the loss of Biodiversity in the Southern Caucasus”, which is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The component Improved and coherent national implementation of biodiversity related conventions based on issue-based modules aims at building capacity for a better and more coherent implementation of major MEAs (CBD, CITES, CMS, MAB, RAMSAR, UNCCD, UNFCCC, WHC) dealing with protected areas in Georgia. IUCN POSC organized the third National Workshop within this component at the Aarhus Center Georgia on 19 September, 2008.
Fifteen participants from the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources and NGOs gathered to discuss the strengths and weaknesses regarding the coordinated implementation of MEAs in Georgia. They made recommendations for improved implementation and discussed how the outcomes of the national consultation can be linked to existing policy processes to make them more sustainable. For instance, the output could be integrated into the upcoming revision of Georgia’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, or used for strategy development of the Protected Areas Agency at the Ministry.
This input and further suggestions will be used to revise the draft recommendations and to develop an action plan for their implementation. These will be formally accepted at the next and final workshop of this component in November 2008.