IUCN to support stakeholder participation in protected areas of Georgia
A consortium led by the IUCN Programme Office for the Southern Caucasus has received a BP “Eco-Award” for the project Facilitating stakeholder participation in protected areas of
The project, which is planned to last for 18 months and to be jointly implemented with the Georgian Society of Nature Friends (Telavi) and the Mlokosevich Society (Lagodekhi), will assist participatory development of detailed Terms of Reference (ToR) for Advisory Boards for Georgian protected areas by the Agency of Protected Areas at the MoE, and will support application and improvement of these ToR in three pilot areas in the Kakheti region (Tusheti, Lagodekhi and Vashlovani). Additional forms of participation such as Associations of Friends of Protected Areas and Junior Ranger Programmes will also be piloted, while local stakeholders will be trained to make the most of the newly established participation opportunities. The Eco-awards are funded by BP Georgia and administered by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation.
Having received the award, IUCN South Caucasus Programme Coordinator Tobias Garstecki highlighted the opportunity offered by the project: “