It formed part of the preparations of the second assessment of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters, currently being developed under the Convention. The second assessment will be a main input to the next Ministerial Conference planned to be held in Astana Kazakhstan in
PA4LP is assisting them in meeting CBD targets, and helping them to keep that biodiversity and cultural richness intact. Here are some highlights: Coordination between stakeholders has been greatly improved. In the North Caucasus, a regional committee is the only mechanism to bring together environment experts across the regions of Russia.
There are now up to PA sites in the Caucasus region, covering A PA Assessment of the caucasus region analysis of Turkey is nearing completion, and will identify areas in the country in need of PA protection. In Azerbaijan alone, the area under protection has doubled since In Armenia, new Natural Monuments were approved by the Government in Russia currently has more than 12, national, regional and local PAs that cover nearly million hectares or Inthe PA system of the North Caucasus was extended by more than 38, ha.
Key transboundary priority conservation areas were identified and cooperation has been initiated between Armenia-Georgia and Georgia-Turkey. National Action Plans, which address sustainable financing, capacity building, legal and institutional gaps and barriers, have been developed with all relevant stakeholders, including local communities.
National Action Plans are based on 17 assessments carried out across the five countries. Development of National Action Plans engaged many government officials and PAs managers, allowing them to be involved in the evaluation and planning processes for the first time.
A Georgia-Turkey exchange programme allowed a transfer of experience and management practices between protected area professionals. Management Effectiveness Assessed and Tracked. Data on Biodiversity Monitored. Key data on biodiversity, PAs management and monitoring of CBD implementation at regional level was collected and made available by the Caucasus Biodiversity Monitoring Network.
Ensured Sustainable Financing for PAs. The Caucasus Nature Fund was established as the first regional level sustainable financing mechanism. It provides long-term co-financing for protected areas in the Southern Caucasus countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Next Steps for PA4LP in the Caucasus Identification and protection of key ecosystem services provision of water, carbon storage especially those that will assist societies in adapting to climate change.
Promotion to government and private sector of the values and benefits of biodiversity and ecosystem services and natural capital accounting. Development of mechanisms to ensure payment for ecosystem services PES based on economic valuation studies of protected areas.
Maintenance of multi-stakeholder coordination mechanisms, such as national coordination committees and the regional Caucasus Biodiversity Council, to support CBD implementation, monitoring and exchange of experience across the region.
Establishment activities for transboundary National Park Machakhela is initiated. A first version of the Caucasus Biodiversity Monitoring Network is operational online.
Georgia conducts an inventory of its Natural Monuments. Financial needs assessments are finalized for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey with follow up sustainable financing plans for Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Capacity needs assessment and capacity development action plans are completed for Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The Caucasus Biodiversity Council holds its first meeting as steering committee for the project.Russia’s current military doctrine () and national security strategy () reflect the Kremlin’s overarching obsession with fragmentation and subversion, especially in the Black Sea and Caucasus regions.
Moscow shares the West’s assessment that unresolved regional conflicts, ethnic tensions, or violence from extremist groups create a risk of destabilization. The article concludes by underlining the need to engage on a larger theorization of violent mobilization in the North Caucasus seeking to integrate structural, organizational and individual variables linking the global dynamics and local specificities of the region.
Building Resilience to Climate Change in South Caucasus Agriculture Ahouissoussi, Neumann, and Srivastava the South Caucasus Region Regional Assessment of Climate Risks and Impacts on Building Resilience to Climate Change in South Caucasus Agriculture.
The Caucasus is one of the most biologically rich regions on Earth and is ranked among the planet’s 34 most diverse and endangered biodiversity “hotspots”. Organizations such as Conservation international and the WWF have identified these forest and high mountain ecosystems as most vulnerable and as priority biomes for conservation efforts at eco-region levels.
Surveys for natural enemies of giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) in the Caucasus region and assessment for their classical biological control potential in Europe Marion K.
Seier, 1 Rüdiger Wittenberg,2 Carol A. Ellison, Djamila H. Djeddour1 and Harry C. Evans1 Summary. The Ossetians found in Georgia constitute 12 percent of the total number of Ossetians, who are a diverse people inhabiting the central Caucasus Mountains. The majority of the other Ossetians live to the north, in the Russian Republic of North Ossetia-Alania.