Enhancing Capacity-Building for Protected Area Management in the South Caucasus

29 September 2010 | News story

20-24 September, Bonn Germany
Fifteen representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia came to the ELC  for a week of training on protected area management and governance.  During the seminar, participants exchanged views with experts from IUCN staff and IUCN membership and with other guest speakers on the involvement of the public in protected area management and planning, focusing on protected area co-management in particular.

The participants attended several working sessions. These included presentations from the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) about the Institutional framework for German protected area management and about the development of Natura 2000 at the national level. Discussions with international experts enabled participants to reflect on the possible implementation of lessons learnt during the course of the seminar in the context of their own national frameworks. As part of the training, the participants also visited a private protected area and the Eifel National Park in order to have a more concrete picture of protected area management in Germany.

This training is part of a larger initiative called “Regional Environmental Policy in the South Caucasus”, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and InWEnt - Capacity Building International. The initiative led to a series of training courses on nature conservation and natural resources management which were held in the three Southern Caucasus States.

This series of trainings began in June 2009 with the introductory topic: “Integrated Biodiversity-related Legislation to Approximate the EU Acquis Communautaire”. It was complemented by a second module in November 2009 focusing on “Ecological networks: Design, legal basis, institutional framework and implementation in practice”. A third national training seminar took place in June 2010, on the topic “Legal Framework for Access and Benefit Sharing”.

The international seminar held in Bonn is the last step of this initiative and illustrates the ELC´s strong commitment to promoting a solid basis for protected areas management and governance worldwide.