The IUCN Programme Office for the Southern Caucasus convened a workshop on conservation partnerships in the Caucasus at the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona on October 7, 2008.
The workshop brought together about 40 conservation leaders from the Caucasus and from the international sustainability community, including representatives of national governments, NGOs, and international donors. A representative of Georgia, who became IUCN State Member on October 2, participated actively in the discussions.
The workshop explored new ways of intensified cooperation, particularly with member organizations and commission members, identified potential new partners and highlighted the value that IUCN can add to ongoing conservation efforts in the region, such as the implementation of the Ecoregional Conservation Plan for the Caucasus. The implications of political conflict in the region for collaborative conservation efforts were also discussed.
Ramaz Gokhelashvili, Director of the IUCN Programme Office for the Southern Caucasus, said: “This workshop has been an important opportunity for us to continue the dialogue with our members, commission members and partners in the Southern Caucasus. The outcomes of the workshop will help us to fine-tune our programme for the region and to further strengthen our member network.”
A compilation of workshop presentations, a detailed report from the group discussions and additional documentation will be made available at this site in the near future.