CEPF impact in the Caucasus
View to Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) commenced its investment in the Caucasus biodiversity hotspot in August 2003, following the approval of an ecosystem profile developed with stakeholders’ input and a grant allocation of $8.5 million to be awarded over five years. The Caucasus Hotspot has the greatest biological diversity of any temperate forest region in the world. It spans 580,000 square kilometers of mountains in Eurasia, between the Black and Caspian seas. The hotspot includes all of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, the North Caucasus portion of the Russian Federation, northeastern Turkey and part of northwestern Iran.
In order to assess the achievements made possible by CEPF investment in the hotspot the special report was compiled. It draws on experience, lessons learned and project reports generated by civil society groups supported during the period of investment. In addition, data were drawn from questionnaires completed by grantees as part of this assessment. Finally, a draft of this report was reviewed at a two-day assessment workshop held in Tbilisi, Georgia in September 2009, at which participants reviewed the results of CEPF’s five years of investment, with a particular emphasis on impacts, lessons learned and sustainability.