On May 11, 2012 policy makers and experts came together for a Roundtable on the Protected Areas’ role in regard to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The meeting was organized by the IUCN Caucasus Cooperation Center.
A wide range of representatives from the Ministry of Environment Protection, the Ministries of Agriculture and Education and Science, as well as from environmental NGOs and other government institutions attended the Roundtable discussion.
Eka Kakabadze, managing the project “Natural solutions to climate change: the role of protected areas”, presented the findings of the scoping study on the linkage between protected areas and climate change as well as the overall project goals and planned activities.
The study found that Georgia’s protected areas can be natural, cost-effective solutions to climate change. They play a vital role in the process of better realizing mitigation and adaptation potentials of the country by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and by maintaining essential services on which people depend, helping society cope with impacts of climate change.
Following the presentation the participants discussed the importance and urgency of the topic. Mr. Nugzar Zazanashvili from the WWF Caucasus Programme Office, emphasized the importance of protected areas in the context of climate change. He stated that “carrying out adaptation and mitigation measures in protected areas is important; however key is to communicate the linkage between climate change and protected areas to high-level decision makers”.
The Roundtable for policy makers and experts took place in the frame of the project “Natural solutions to climate change: the role of protected areas”, carried out by the IUCN CCC and funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU). The project aims to incorporate the role of protected areas in regard to climate change into national sector strategies and the communication to international conventions (e.g. UNFCCC) and to contribute to the effective management of protected areas under conditions of climate change.