protected areas in the South Caucasus
10YFP STP Portfolio: The Tourism Company develops tourism standards for protected areas in the South Caucasus
The South Caucasus countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia have a varied network of state-owned protected areas featuring mountain ranges, biodiverse forests, wetlands and semi-desert landscapes. In these three countries, ecotourism has been identified as a valuable source of income for the rural economy and for protected area conservation and management. However, despite the presence of on-the-ground staff in the protected areas, visitor facilities and management are in need of improvement, while engagement with local tourism businesses has been largely unstructured.