Financial Sustainability of Georgia's Protected Areas


Renovated administrative premises of the Tusheti Protected Areas. 2011. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) assist Georgia in securing a long-term financial sustainability of its Protected Areas. We address the challenges of insufficient and unpredictable revenue sources, poor business planning and ineffective site management. The project is undertaken in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, the Agency of Protected Areas and the Caucasus Nature Fund.

What We Do

With the focus on the four Protected Areas in Georgia - Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Lagodekhi, Tusheti and Vashlovani Protected Areas, our assistance targets the following issues: 

  • Equipment (computers, cameras, binoculars and saddles for horses) and salary supplements for rangers and Protected Areas personnel.
  • Promotion of environmental tourism, monitoring and environmental education.
  • Small infrastructure projects, such as the construction of rangers' shelters and tourism centres, building and maintenance of touristics trails.

Some results so far

Testing of an equipment for bio-monitoring in Lagodekhi. 2014. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park:

  • A three-year pilot project to renovate administrative premises and a visitors' center. 
  • Equipment of the rangers' service with cell phones and camera traps for biodiversity monitoring.

Lagodekhi Protected Area:

  • Refurbishment of the visitor’s center.

Tusheti Protected Area:

  • Infrastructure projects.
  • Environmental tourism development.

Vashlovani Protected Area:

  • Infrastructure projects.
  • Environmental tourism development.

Who finances it

GEF (2010-2016) US$ 1,000,000


2014 US$   31,162.11
2013 US$   15,464.45
2012 US$   19,616.62
2011 US$   18,723.36
2010 US$  837,329.71
Start date:
January 2010
End date:
December 2016
Geographic coverage:
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia; Agency of Protected Areas, Caucasus Nature Fund
US$ 1,000,000
Funded by:
Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 15: Life on land

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Find out more about SDGs
Project Document
  • Ensuring Long-Term Financial Sustainability of the Protected Areas System in Georgia
Contact Person in UNDP

Nino Antadze
Environment and Energy Team Leader