Protected areas play a vital role in contributing to climate mitigation and adaptation, both on global and local scale. However, their role in responding to climate change is currently insufficiently recognized in the development of national strategies and policies of Georgia.
IUCN assists the Agency of Protected Areas of the Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia to identify the role of protected areas in climate change and to initiate a process of better realizing mitigation and adaptation potentials of Georgia’s protected areas.
The project “Natural solutions to climate change: the role of Protected Areas” aims at
- incorporating the role of protected areas in regard to climate change into national sector strategies and the communication to international conventions, e.g. UNFCCC; and
- contributing to the effective management of protected areas under conditions of climate change.
A scoping study identifies the role of protected areas in regard to climate change. Relevant IUCN guidelines are compiled and adapted and used for training national and local protected area staff. Setting up a regular expert-policy round table serves to feed the results into relevant strategies and decision-making processes, while the design of 2-3 adaptation and mitigation measures shows real opportunities for action on the ground.
The adaptation and mitigation measures designed in the project can be implemented in selected protected areas, provided that additional funding is available. The project experiences are transferred to other projects in the region during a regional workshop and beyond the project; using the IUCN network.
Donor: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Project Partners: Agency of Protected Areas, Georgia