Wide support for a new national park in Georgia
The park is situated in a beautiful mountain area with many lakes in southern Georgia on the border to Armenia and Turkey. The plan - together with a portfolio of investments for local communities in fields of potable water, energy, livestock management, marketing of local produce, bee keeping, and tourism development - was very well received.
The main funding comes from the German and Georgian governments, and as a sign of local support, the two municipalities decided to provide up to 15% of the resources.
The project, implemented by WWF and the Agency for Protected Areas, will finish in about 18 months when a park headquarters and visitor centre are in place, and all the community activities have been implemented.