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The landscape team is currently working on the following activities in this stage:  Forming a DEVELOP stage team and MoU The partners group formalizes the partnership through an operational design team for the develop stage and a signs MoU clarifying roles for design and implementation Program development Specific studies (detailed feasibility studies, economic analyses...) or pilot activities may be carried out and reviewed to be incorporated in the  program  document Program design document  The Landscape partnership team submits a full program design document to one of the relevant funds or investor (LDNF, GCF, FCPF)
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Western Georgia Forest Landscape Partnership

Seeking design funding

Caucasus is one of the global biodiversity hotspots due to its diverse landscape and climate, and the historic connection between its peoples and nature. The Colchis region with humid temperate climate represents a highly bio-diverse and productive landscape between the Black Sea and high mountains, with forest cover at over 60%, and a network of natural rivers and streams. Lower Rioni river is one of the last spawning grounds of the Black Sea Sturgeon. This is one of the oldest cultural landscapes of the human civilization with high level of agro-biodiversity and cultural heritage. Colchis Forests and Wetlands are being proposed by Georgia as UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

This is a key area for Sturgeon, Red Deer, Chamois, Brown Bear

Landscape description

Georgia, Southern Colchis - Forest – pasture - agriculture landscape.

  • Regions of Adjara, Samtskhe Javakheti (part), Guria, Imereti (part).
  • Adjara and Metskheti mountain range with Rioni, Supsa, Adjaristskali and Kvabliani river catchments. 

Main partners

  • WWF Caucasus Programme Office
  • WWF Germany

To be approached and confirmed:

  • Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia
  • Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
  • Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara

Total area (ha)

Some 1.000,000 ha

Overall goal

Secure multiple functions of the landscape including biodiversity, carbon storage, climate resilience and local economy through multipurpose sustainable management of forests, agriculture (animal husbandry, hazelnuts…) and rivers with associated value chains (wood processing, milk and meat products, hazelnuts, non-timber forest products, nature and heritage based tourism…).

Expected impacts

Forest sustainability: Maintain or increase the productivity, biodiversity and resilience of forest by introducing multipurpose close-to nature management planning, silviculture and conservation management. Indicators of success: increased carbon stock, increased populations of key animal species, FSC certification of forest management and products. Improving energy efficiency through wood products (insulation) and more efficient burning of wood.

Agriculture sustainability: Maintain or increase the productivity, biodiversity and resilience of grassland and mixed forest-grassland habitats by investment into modern  animal husbandry, high value agricultural products (hazelnuts, walnuts, citrus and other fruits), grassland conservation and erosion control. Indicators of success: maintained grassland biodiversity, grassland productivity, surface of productive grasslands, surface of permanent plantations (hazelnut, walnut, orchards).

Conservation of rivers: maintain the river water quality and water regime to support the ecological network associated with rivers, maintain river productivity and biodiversity, including securing spawning grounds and migration between river and the sea for sturgeon. Indicator: population of sturgeon associated with Rioni.

Improved (green) rural economy: Developing value chains based on forest, agricultural products and tourism, by providing sustainable financing for local business development associated with relevant capacity building of households and local communities. Indicators: Human population living in the area, Number of workplaces in the area, GDP per capita.

Landscape approach

  • Sustainable production landscape   
  • Green economy jurisdiction or landscape   
  •  Adaptation / resilience landscape


  • Wood
  • Hazelnuts
  • Walnuts
  • Citrus fruits (tangerines, oranges, lemons)
  • Other fruits
  • Tea
  • Milk

Related Sector

  • Forestry and NTFPs 
  • Agriculture
  • Livestock 
  • Water
  • Tourism 
  • Sustainable Finance 

Lead institution

Jernej Stritih 


50-100 M USD

Expected sources of funding

Initiated from a German donation for three South Caucasus countries for the period 2015- 2025 at 8 million EUR  These funds should be spent or allocated to long term conservation contracts with local communities by 2019, providing an excellent pilot phase for a larger scale intervention.

Expected sources of funding include donors, multilateral climate funds, private investment and investment funds. Currently, funding for feasibility phase is being sought.



Land cover map is attached

Support needed

 The Lab offers support in

Concept development

Fundraising / finance

Full proposal development 

edited on 9th May 2018, 17:05 by Deesha Chandra
Deesha Chandra

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Deesha Chandra Feb 1, 2018

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Deesha Chandra Feb 1, 2018

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Deesha Chandra Feb 1, 2018

Status labels added: STRUCTURE, Awaiting team update, Seeking design funding

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Deesha Chandra Apr 16, 2018

Status labels removed: STRUCTURE, Awaiting team update

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Jernej Stritih Apr 18, 2018

Updated the content.

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