Georgia: Part of Kolkheti NP to be degazetted to allow commercial development

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia has decided to open a national park for commercial activity. The area lies in Georgia’s western part near the Black Sea. Kolkheti National Park had status as a protected area, but part of the park will be exempted from its protected status to allow for commercial use, following a proposal the government has initiated in parliament.

Kolkheti National Park covers an area of approximately 44 313 hectares. It has status as a protected area by law, in compliance with the second category of protected areas of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The legal basis for such areas is both the Georgian constitution as well as the convention on biodiversity and other agreements which Georgia has signed.

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