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Here is a selection of activities that the Protected Areas for a Living Planet project has contributed to in the last 12 months in the Caucasus Ecoregion:
Regional level activities:
- The 10th meeting of the Caucasus Biodiversity Council revised the Caucasus Ecoregional Conservation Plan (ECP) and supported transboundary activities between Georgia and Turkey.
- The first of its kind Regional Biodiversity Monitoring Network (RBMN) has been launched to help assess status and trends of biodiversity and identify conservation priorities.
- A detailed review of the implementation of CBD targets on Protected Areas (PAs) in the region has been published and launched at CBD COP10 in Nagoya, Japan.
- A brochure on "Protected Areas and Communities" has been published that presents information about PAs and socio-economic development.
- Two volumes of the Red Book on plants and animals have been published.
- A brochure on PAs investment in Armenia has been published.
- For the first time, a comprehensive GIS database for PAs has been developed.
- A Tourism Development Plan for Shirvan National Park has been submitted to the Government.
- IUCN guidelines for Sustainable Financing of PAs has been translated into national language and published.
- A complete inventory of Natural Monuments has been conducted and law to protect them is currently being developed.
- A PA economic valuation process is currently conducted in two pilot sites.
- A radio programme on biodiversity and PAs and a public service announcement served to raise awareness during the International Year of Biodiversity.
- In the Russian part of Caucasus creation and extension of PAs is underway: it is planned to extend protection with 484881 hectares.
- An analysis on PAs and future development in the North Caucasus has been published.
- A stakeholder workshop on Protected Areas & Climate Change was convened and a Draft National Strategy for Turkey was developed.
- WWF, MoEF and UNDP jointly organized a series of public activities throughout the year to celebrate the 2010 Year of Biodiversity.
- An interactive map of PAs is currently being designed.
- A RAPPAM report (in Turkish) was published in 2009.
© Caucasian leopard © WWF Armenia / A. Malkhasyan / I. Khorozyan / M. Boyajyan
- PAs cover 12.4% of the country
- In 2009 the Government approved 230 new Natural Monuments
© The Bezoar Goat (Capra aegagrus) is a vulnerable wild ibex, native to Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and Turkmenistan. It is a slender-bodied species of wild goat with a body length 120-150 cm, shoulder height 70-100 cm and average live weight 35-40 kg. Colouration is russet, with some tint of gray in winter. © WWF Armenia / A. Malkhasyan
- PAs cover more than 10% of the territory
- Since 2004 PAs coverage has increased by 4.5%
© Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Georgia. © Kote Gabrichidze
- More than 7% of the country is protected
- A transboundary PA (23,000 ha) with Turkey is planned
© Biosphere reserve, Russia © Wild Wonders of Europe/Schandy/WWF
- 12,000 PAs cover 200 million ha or 12% of the country
- Russia has committed to protect additional 10 million ha by 2020
- The total area of world heritage sites in Russia exceeds 20 million ha
© A field of summer snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum), South of Lake Beyslhin, Turkey. © WWF / Michel GUNTHER
- there are 305 different categories of PAs in Turkey
- 4.5% of the country is currently protected