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Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus
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.
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Ranger killed in Borjomi Karagauli National Park

Ranger killed in Borjomi Karagauli National Park | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

A ranger has been killed on patrol in Borjomi Karagauli National Park whilst trying to stop a group of poachers.  This is the first death on patrol in the region, and shows that rangers are on the front line enforcing the law - several years ago these confrontations would rarely have happened, either because some rangers accepted money to allow poachers to enter the parks or because of a lack of equipment they weren't able to reach the more remote areas.  Now corruption has been stamped out and the dedicated rangers that remain believe in the value of protecting the parks.

 

Working for only €200 per month, these men face difficult conditions to protect one of the most biodiverse regions on earth.  International NGO's such as the Caucasus Nature Fund work to increase their pay and provide them with necessary equipment, but there is still much to do.  He leaves behind a wife and two children.

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‘Serious’ pesticide threat in former Soviet Union

‘Serious’ pesticide threat in former Soviet Union | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The European Union and the UN’s food agency announced an agreement on Thursday to manage vast stocks of obsolete pesticides in the former Soviet Union, warning they had become a “serious threat”. The EU and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will spend seven million euros ($9.1 million) over the next four years to help contain the risks in 12 countries in the region, spanning Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
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Armenia: Straight to the village · Global Voices

Armenia: Straight to the village · Global Voices | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
With a GDP per capita estimated at just $5,400 in 2011, Armenia is one of the poorest countries in the former Soviet Union.  But although development in the center of the country's capital, Yerevan, might paint a different picture for some tourists, especially from its large Diaspora, the economic situation is most evident in the regions of the landlocked South Caucasus country.
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Caucasus Nature Fund allocated 604 thousand euros for two national parks in Georgia

Caucasus Nature Fund allocated 604 thousand euros for two national parks in Georgia | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Caucasus Nature Fund allocated 604 thosand euros to Tusheti and Vashlovani national parks in eastern Georgia ...

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Go Group Media: life as it is in the Caucasus, on film

Go Group Media: life as it is in the Caucasus, on film | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The basic idea behind Go Group Media is simple: give a camera to people from all walks of life, living in isolated parts of the country, and tell them to make films about their lives or things that matter to them.  The result is an amazing way to get to know the lives of people living in different parts of the Caucasus.

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Call for Proposals: Production Grants to Individuals | Documentary Photography Project

The Open Society Foundations announce a grant and training opportunity for documentary photographers from Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Pakistan.

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NASA MODIS Image of the Day: March 20, 2012 - Fires and snow in the Caucasus

NASA MODIS Image of the Day: March 20, 2012 - Fires and snow in the Caucasus | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Interesting footage of the weather in the Caucasus - spring is not yet here!

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Norway Gives $1.2 Million to Armenia Reforestation Project

Norway Gives $1.2 Million to Armenia Reforestation Project | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The Armenia Tree Project's 18-year-long effort to reforest the Caucasus country with tree planting, environmental education, and sustainable development was rewarded this week with a $1.2 million grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Armenia’s Environmental Challenges Discussed in Pasadena

Armenia’s Environmental Challenges Discussed in Pasadena | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The “Parsons” center was filled with environmentalists and concerned citizens as Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA), AGBU-YP, and Armenia Tree Project (ATP) hosted a panel lecture entitled “Armenia’s Environmental Challenges in the 21st Century” event on February 8.
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In the Balance: The Caucasus Leopard

A short film on the Caucasian Leopard and CNF's efforts to prevent its extinction.
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Snowboarding, skiing and bears in Georgia

Snowboarding, skiing and bears in Georgia | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The Caucasus has seen some of the deepest snow in recent years over the past month.  This blog takes a look at the lives of Caucasus residents living in the countryside through some interesting photo galleries and videos.

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9 Parks in 2012: Caucasus Nature Fund

9 Parks in 2012: Caucasus Nature Fund | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Caucasus Nature Fund announces support for 9 parks in 2012, including Tusheti Protected Areas, recently voted one of the "Ten Best Places you never heard of..."

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The Blue Lake, the deepest of its kind in the world

The Blue Lake, the deepest of its kind in the world | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

These stunning photographs were taken by National Geographic photographer Victor Lyagushkin at the Blue Lake in Russia.  'The aim of the project was to make scientists pay attention to this lake and to make them start researching it. We wanted people to understand that this is not a puddle, an but unknown and wonderful world under the water,' said Lyagushkin.

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Good News for World’s Endangered Big Cats

Good News for World’s Endangered Big Cats | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Good News for World's Endangered Big Cats – Russia establishes Land of the Leopard National Park for the Amur Leopard, and captive born Iberian Lynxes are released into the wild in Spain.
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Green activists of Los Angeles call on All Armenians to support the fight for preservation of Armenia's nature

Green activists of Los Angeles call on All Armenians to support the fight for preservation of Armenia's nature | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Green activists of Los Angeles, who support Save Teghout movement, have addressed an open letter to Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II.

 

In particular, the letter says that the deposits and natural resources are mercilessly used in Armenia today, and serious damage is being inflicted to the nature and environment. This is the result of unfair social policy, which directly affects the health of the future generations.
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Let Your Voice Be Heard - Living in a Biodiversity Hotspot

Let Your Voice Be Heard - Living in a Biodiversity Hotspot | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

EcoLur continues 'Make Your Voice Heard' video cycle where people living in ecological hotspots speak about their problems. They think over what is happening with their water, forests and whether their children can live in these areas.... (Video in Armenian)

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New project aims to popularize Caucasian Heritage Crafts

Uniting the three South Caucasus countries around the one unique project the GACC, alongside its local and international partners, aims to build capacity with local authorities, and strengthen civil society.  The project contains several components, as it is considered a means of enhancing social and human development, job creation, and economic growth in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan

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Environmental Security in Azerbaijan

Environmental Security in Azerbaijan | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Speaking at the presentation Mohamed Sheikh highlighted the increasing role of Azerbaijan in regional and global policy, and briefed the attendees on bringing many geo-economic, transport and energy projects to fruition in the country. He also underscored importance of activities as part of the IDEA Environment Campaign.  The South Caucasus is one of the regions with rich agro-biodiversity and is very senstive to climate change.  This report highlghts recent progress on environmental issues in the country.

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Armenians of Norway to Support Activists Protecting Mashtots Park and Teghut Forest

Armenians of Norway to Support Activists Protecting Mashtots Park and Teghut Forest | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

The representatives of Armenian Diaspora in Norway have sent an open letter which supports activists protecting Mashtots Park and Teghut forest. The letter says: With this letter we, Armenians of Norway, convey our fullest support to your green activism....

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Lydian Received Environmental Impact Assessment Approval for Amoulsar Mine

Lydian Received Environmental Impact Assessment Approval for Amoulsar Mine | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Lydian International Company has received environmental impact assessment approval for the Company’s planned processing of gold-silver using cyanidation-leaching technology at the Amoulsar mine....

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The Ghost of the Caucasus: The Bezoar Goat

Short video containing some great footage of the Bezoar goat.  This species is on the verge of extinction and reintroduction projects are underway to save the remaining population.

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Forests in the Caucasus ecoregion | UNEP/GRID

Forests in the Caucasus ecoregion | UNEP/GRID | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

About 17% of the total land area of the Caucasus is covered by forests, primarily found between altitudes of 500-2000m and growing on steep slopes.  For more maps and facts have a look at this interestign website.

 

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Deepest dwelling land animal found in Western Caucasus

Deepest dwelling land animal found in Western Caucasus | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

A joint Spanish and Russian team of researchers known as CaveX claim to have found the deepest dwelling land animal in a cave in the Western Caucasus.

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Students highlight the plight of the Caucasian (Persian) Leopard

A video made by geography students as part of the BBC Planet Earth project at school. "SAVE THE LEOPARD Save the spectacular "Caucasus" or "Persian" leopard.

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