The Return of Colchis Pheasants

Jun 6, 2014

Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia and Shalva Amirejibi, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia let Colchis Pheasants into the wild. Photo: Vladimer valishvili/UNDP Georgia

6 June. 2014. An incubator and breeding centre for hatching endangered Colchis Pheasant was opened in the Vashlovani Protected Areas.

Shalva Amirejibi, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia, and Rati Japaridze, Chairman of the Agency of Protected Areas attended.

In 2014 and 2015, over 1,000 species of Colchis Pheasants will be brought back to their habitat โ€“ the natural monument Eagle Valley, Kolkheti National Park, Ivri, Alazani and Mtkvari floodplain. Pheasants will be also handed over to the local households for care and breeding. The incubator is equipped with solar panels to guarantee an unimpeded operation. It also includes special areas for baby pheasants and grown-up species.

The incubator is established by the local organization โ€œFriends Association of Vashlovani Protected Areasโ€ with funds from the UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme and the additional co-funding from Mercy Corps, GIZ, Agency of Protected Areas and hunting farms.

The opening of the incubator is part of the World Environment Day campaign My Environment organised jointly by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and UNDP. My Environment events will roll on in June and July 2014 in different regions of the country.

Contact information

Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP in Georgia, sophie.tchitchinadze@undp.org, +995 599 196907 (cell)

Maia Sikharulidze, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, pr@moe.gov.ge, +995 577 343355 (cell)

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