Assistance in Preparation of Management Structure and Management Plan Outline of Planned Machakhela Protected Landscape
Protected landscape (PL) as a category of protected area is quite a new topic in Georgia. Although the country is rich in a mixture of its nature, biodiversity, and cultural heritage (thanks to a diversity of ethnics and communities with their traditions), so far mainly pristine natural areas (national parks) are preserved. That should be changed by the designation, of more PLs that combine conservation of nature with preservation of a specific cultural heritage in a site. In addition, the designation of PL with its Administration also results in the transition of governance from the central country level to the municipal one. This is very needed. Each local community needs to participate in the management of their areas as they know best the local challenges and opportunities.
The objective of the UNDP/GEF Project “Expansion and improved management effectiveness of Achara region’s protected areas” is to enhance the management effectiveness, biogeographic coverage and connectivity of Protected Areas (hereafter PA) of the Achara Autonomous Region of Georgia to better conserve the globally unique Colchic Forests (i.e. temperate rainforest). The area is of biodiversity importance with a high proportion of narrow-ranged (local endemic) plants and a well-known bottleneck for migratory birds.
The consultancy of Mr. Hošek assists the Municipality of Khelvachauri in acquiring Czech expertise and solutions applied in the management of protected landscapes, specifically in relation to the planning of protected landscapes management structure and preparation of the Management Plan outline.