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CNF General Presentation

  2. 2. Bio-diversity Hotspots Worldwide Prioritizing investment in areas rich with life is crucial. 2
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  4. 4. THE CAUCASUS ECOREGIONThe isthmus between the Black and Caspian seas forms a complex butunified ecosystem. 4
  5. 5. South Caucasus LandscapesThe Caucasus ecoregion — an area the size of France:• 9 of the 11 world climate types• Peaks higher than the Alps• Areas below sea level• Virgin forests, subtropical forests, semi-deserts, pastures and wetlands Tusheti National Park Mtirala National Park Lake Arpi National Park 5
  6. 6. Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Georgia 6
  7. 7. Kolkheti National Park, Georgia7 7
  8. 8. Khosrov State Reserve, Armenia 8
  9. 9. Kazbegi National Park, Georgia 9
  10. 10. Vashlovani Protected Areas, Georgia 10
  11. 11. Khustup Sanctuary, Armenia 11
  12. 12. Diliijan National Park, Armenia 12
  13. 13. Astounding Fauna • 150 mammals live in the Caucasus • The highest level of endemism in a temperate zone— 1/5 of mammals, 1/4 of the plants can only be found in the region • Key stopover point for many migratory birdsWest Caucasian Tur Caucasus Leopard Bezoar Goat 13
  14. 14. Caucasian/Persian Leopard• The largest leopard subspecies• Native to the Caucasus mountains, northern Iran, eastern Turkey• Less than 100 leopards exist in the South Caucaus ecoregion. Caucasus Leopard 14
  15. 15. Armenian Mouflon 15
  16. 16. East Caucasian Tur Goitred Gazelle Caucasus Leopard 16Caucasian Viper Brown Bear
  17. 17. Bezoar Goats are found only in the easternpart of the Caucasus.Around 3,000 exist in the Khosrov NaturereserveCNF funding will support the breeding andreintroduction of these endangered animals. Bezoar Goat 17
  18. 18. Kestrel Imperial Eagle Caspian SnowcockEurasian Spoonbill Imperial Eagle 18
  19. 19. Astounding Flora• 6500 species of vascular plants• 1600 are endemic (25% percent)• One of world’s largest old-growth forests in a temperate zone Delphinium pyramidatum Lilium szovitsianum Swallowtail Butterfly on flower 19
  20. 20. Wild Orchid Iris atropatanaKintrishi Protected Areas, Georgia Lagodekhi Nature Reserve 20 20
  21. 21. CNF funds support tourist facilities andmaintain trails, fostering tourism development BEFORE AFTER Borjomi Visitor’s Center in 2010 CNF funds helped refurbish the exterior and interior of the Visitor’s Center in July 2011 21
  22. 22. CNF supports Park RangersSalary supplements provide rangers with a living wage, helping ensure patrol and monitoring. Horns of endangered Caucasian Turs are prized trophies for poachers. 22
  23. 23. CNF funds support capital purchases such as jeeps and fire trucks When fire broke out in Borjomi National Park, CNF helped by buying two fire trucks and gear. 23
  24. 24. Framework Agreement Ministry ofCNF Environment 50% Funding (minimum)‫‏‬ 50% Funding (maximum)‫‏‬ PA 24
  25. 25. Endowment Built to Last Charitable Trust Limited FocusCNF’s endowment covers administrativecosts. All new monies go to directly to theparks and their programs! 25
  26. 26. Campaign—15 Parks by 2015By 2015 CNF aims to support 15 parks covering 1.5 million acres Campaign 2015 — Fundraising Campaign Goals • 15 Parks • $1,500,000/ yr. in grants • $15,000,000 in new funds raised • >1.5 million acres protected Existing--$20 million New Private--$6 million New Public--$9 million 26
  27. 27. 2012 Red Deer Reintroduction ProjectDilijan’s 84,000 acres of pristineforests were once home to theCaucasian red deer.The unique sub-species is one ofthe most endangered animals inthe region. CNF is teaming upwith WWF to bring this beautifulanimal back to the Armenia 27
  28. 28. 2013 support for the first transboundry park in the South Caucasus Lake Arpi National Park, in north-western Armenia, and Javakheti National Park in Ge together make up a spectacular mountain plateau that houses grasslands, lakes and wetlands. The area is globally recognized a important staging and breeding ground for than 140 bird species. 28