The Caucasus is one of the most diverse places on earth, with more species per acre than any other temperate zone. Leopards still roam here, only a few hours from central Europe, and conservation strategy is one of the few examples of inter-country collaboration in this region. A fascinating blend of culture, society and traditional life set in a history of fragmentation and conflict.
On 14 September a garbage collection will be held around Gosh Lake in “Dilijan” National Park, as we learn from the statement on Facebook social network. The garbage collection is implemented in the frames of “Save Lake Gosh” initiative. The organizers are ‘Association of Young Biologists’ NGO, Pan-Armenian Environmental Front and Dilijan Aarhus Center. “The aim of the event is to clean the lake surroundings from the household garbage, as well as to draw public attention to the problems of Gosh Lake,” the statement says. The supporters of this event are CNF, WWF Armenia and Dilijan National Park.
On June 13th, 2013, Director of the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF), Mr. David Morrison, Chairman of the Agency of Protected Areas (APA), Mr. Rati Japaridze, , and the In-Country Coordinator of U.S.
The memorandum aims to improve coordination of the capacity building work of USDOI and the work carried out by APA and CNF and to strengthen cooperation between the three organizations in the technical and design aspects of infrastructure refurbishment and development projects.
We are very pleased to announce that TBC Bank is our latest private sector partner. TBC, one of Georgia’s largest banks, has agreed to work in cooperation with CNF and the Agency of Protected Areas and other stakeholders to upgrade the riding and trekking trail connecting the spectacular mountain regions of Tusheti and Khevsureti.
While the Caucasus region is mostly known outside Russia as a place of conflict, it has much to offer hikers, backpackers and other adventurous tourists. Hikers in Adygea’s mountains can experience a range of vegetation zones; glaciers, jagged peaks and scree fields loom above overgrown subalpine meadows featuring dozens of flower species, dense Caucasian fir and chestnut forests; on the other side of the mountains is the subtropical climate of the Black Sea.
Conservation is in the midst of a fundamental shift that I call "The Pivot." Conservation is pivoting from being backward-looking to forward-looking. This reorientation promises to expand what conservation can achieve by setting the stage for Conservation 3.0.
Despite frequent reference to the interests of future generations, conservation has mostly been a backward-looking endeavor. Hearkening back to "good old days" before extensive human impact on nature, conservation resisted change. It used verbs like "protect," "preserve," and "restore." It benchmarked success in terms of similarity to historical baselines. In short, conservation sought to make the future look as much as possible like the past.
Leopards are elusive animals at the best of times but in the vicinity of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR) it has been eight years since one had been seen. If it hadn't been for traces of hair and a scat found in the CWR and proven to belong to a Caucasian Leopard, we might still be wondering if they really did exist.
As of last week, the World Land Trust came another step nearer to seeing a leopard up close. But the leopards are determined to live up to their elusive reputation and so far have toyed with the watchers by only showing a tail!
Rising demands for food, water, energy and other natural resources are straining the ability of natural ecosystems to produce what people need, not to mention putting the plants and animals with which we share the planet at risk.
How can nature be saved at this time when we need it most?
Most species at greatest risk from climate change are not currently conservation priorities, finds an IUCN study that introduces a pioneering method to assess the vulnerability of species to climate change.
The first young of the Golden Eagle after more than one hundred years was born in the Czech Republic in the past days. It came into the world in the woods of military training area Libava in the east part of the country. Both parents of the young come from Slovakia where there lives a stable population of the Golden Eagle.
In the Czech Republic the Golden Eagle was totally exterminated in 1926. Its return is therefore very good news for local nature. „Every year we can hear the news about irrecoverable losses of biology variety caused by human from various parts of the world. That is why it is very pleasing to hear the biodiversity again recovers somewhere,“ commented the birth of the first Golden Eagle in the Czech Republic Dalibor Dostal, director of conservation organisation European Wildlife.
Google has partnered with NASA, Time, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to show the world how much the planet’s surface has changed in 25 years through its new project Timelapse.
Timelapse shows pre-selected destinations and how they changed over a quarter of a century. From the urban expansion of Las Vegas to the deforestation of the Amazon in Brazil, Timelapse shows the impact of humans on the environment. The project is a zoomable time-lapse map built from millions of high quality satellite images and trillions of pixels. Each frame of the timelapse map is built from a year’s worth of Landsat satellite data.
As the World Land Trust informs, a remote camera caught a tantalising glimpse of a Caucasian Leopard in the Khosrov Reserve. “The first video shot less than two months by the Staff at the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC), caught a tantalising glimpse of a Caucasian Leopard, a second video taken in daylight has provided even more striking leopard image,” the statement says.
The rehabilitation of 2000 ha of pastures, as well as rehabilitation of forest belts (60 ha) is targeted in theVardenis sub-region of Gegharkunik Region is planned in the frames of UNDP/EU “Sustainable management of pastures and forest in Armenia to demonstrate climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits and dividends for local communities”
Caucasus is a terrific place for not only living, climbing, skiing and enjoying mineral springs. It is an ideal place for riding horses and biking in the wild. Unlike Europe, Caucasus has plenty roads among hills and wild fields.
Gill Mortimer's insight:
Having been to Georgia I can only agree. One of the most underrated places I've visited.
The public hearings on the resort complex in forest area no. 4 of Dilijan National Park submitted by Levon Akhsharumov will be held at Dilijan Aarhus Center, Tavush Region, at 12:00 p.m. on 22 August, as the official website of Nature Protection Ministry informs. Under the project the resort complex is planned to be constructed in the territory of 1.10 ha of “Dilijan” National Resort in Dilijan Community, Tavush Region.
Conservationists are used to justifying their work. Since the movement first took shape in the 1800s, they’ve provided a litany of contemporary arguments for conserving the natural world, from economic (protecting forests for wood) to spiritual (preserving places that stir the soul) to scientific (safeguarding biological systems). But lately they’ve been wrestling internally with another fundamental question about their task: not why we should save nature, but what exactly we should save and how we should save it.
On 19 July EcoLur Press Club hosted a press conference devoted to development issues in Armenia. Press Club guests Movses Manukyan, Director of Writers’ House in Tsaghkadzor, “Healthy Hrazdan” initiative member and Apres Zohrabyan, ecotourism expert and guide, spoke about tourism perspectives and problems. “Under the governmental decision, tourism is recognized as a priority in the country. And the same government declares development of mining industry a priority,” Movses Manukyan thinks. Under him, in such a small country as Armenia is it’s impossible for both fields not to be interconnected and not to oppose to each other.
It is commonly claimed that forest tenure reform that provides rural people with rights to access and use of forest resources can contribute to improved forest management and poverty alleviation. But, at least with respect to poverty alleviation, there are few experiences with formal forest tenure reform that have demonstrated this to date.
Still largely covered by intact forests, the state of Amapá in the Brazilian Amazon has been making great strides in sustainable development. CI-Brazil has been working with Amapá for the past 12 years, and has supported the protection of some 15 million hectares (37 million acres) of forest in the state — 3/4 of the state’s territory.
CI has been aiding this process through technical and financial support for more than a decade; Patricia Yakabe Malentaqui caught up with Amapá Governor Camilo Capiberibe on his recent visit to Washington, D.C.
The world is home to some truly awe-inspiring and beautiful creatures. Sadly however, some of these unique species are threatened by a number of forces such as loss of habitat, poaching and climate change.