Preparing the final mile in historic handover of Georgian forest protection to local control

FLEG II and local authorities identify a new way to protect the Tusheti forest in Georgia: a total handover to local control

Local residents are closer than ever to assuming control over the Tusheti Protected Landscape, a sublime landscape located in Akhmeta, Kakheti, in north-eastern Georgia. Together with Tusheti Strict Nature Reserve and Tusheti National Park, the Tusheti Protected Landscape is part of the 31’518 hectare Tusheti Protected Area, Europe’s largest protected area.

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Celebrating FSC Friday in Georgia

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On September 26, 2014 in the framework of FLEG II Program a meeting was held at the WWF-Caucasus Programme Office in Tbilisi about the importance of FSC-based voluntary forest certification and relevant perspectives in Georgia. A presentation was delivered by Ilia Osepashvili, a FLEG II Country Program Coordinator for Georgia (WWF-Caucasus Programme Office).

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Home at Last: Tusheti Protected Landscape Officially Under Local Control

For the first time since before the Soviet era, local officials can manage and protect the forest based on local needs

AKHMETA, Georgia—In September of 2014, the Georgian Government officially transferred control of the Tusheti Protected Landscape to the Akhmeta municipality. It is the first case of decentralizing forest management in Georgia and the first time forests in Tusheti have been under local control since before the Soviet period began in Georgia in 1921.

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