The Сaucasus Nature Fund (CNF) will allocate 4,160,000 GEL ($1,362,371/€1,207,127) to finance protected areas of Georgia.
The agreement was reached between the Agency of Protected Areas and the CNF today.
The grant will finance the operating costs of the agency, costs to protect Georgia's natural heritage and will cover salaries of rangers and costs for their equipment.
Photo: Ministry of Agriculture.
Agriculture Minister Levan Davitashvili said that amid the coronavirus pandemic the number of international visitors to protected areas of Georgia decreased, and noted that receiving financing from CNF is timely and important.
We received a grant from the German government, which is very important support and will help the Agency of Protected Areas to cover operating costs this year,” said Davitashvili.
CNF’s Executive Director Geof Giacomini noted that as a result of the pandemic, income received from tourists significantly decreased in Georgia and said that the CNF decided to increase financing to attract tourists, set up infrastructure and provide services in the protected areas of Georgia.