Mr. Goga Khahidze, Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia and Mr. Andreas Weitzel, Project Manager of KfW signed up the grant agreement for allocating the 4 million Euros. The agreement was signed up between the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia and German Development Bank (KFW) within the project - "Caucasus Protected Areas Supporting Program - Georgia".
"The grant of 4 million Euros is certainly very important for our Ministry and development of Protected Areas. This money will be spent on the establishment of new Protected Areas in Kazbegi and development of the infrastructure of existing Protected Areas. This year will be very active to implement a lot of international projects," said Mr. Goga Khahidze, Minister.
The meeting was attended by H.E. Mr. Ortwin Hennig, Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany and the representatives of diplomatic corps.
"Georgia's environment is unique, it is one of the richest in its biodiversity.We are confident that the Georgian Government is doing the best to protect this unique natural heritage. That is why my government, Germany is always supporting as one of the biggest donors in environmental matters in Georgia. We have just signed a financing agreement for the allocation of 4 million Euros for the Protected Areas in Georgia. This is very important because this money will protect the nature as well it will create jobs for local people," said Mr. Ortwin Hennig, Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany.
"This program is to support the development of Protected Areas in Georgia. I am sure that German Government and especially KfW are very glad to work here to support the biodiversity protection. Nevertheless, it is important that it is not only about the nature but it is also for the people because our concept is to work with the people who live in or nearby the protected areas, to invest some money for social-economic development of these communities. Another important point is that every investment to maintain the Protected Areas," noted Mr. Andreas Weitzel, Project Manager of KfW.
According to the agreement KFW allocated grant of 4,000,000 Euros to theAgency of Protected Areas of the Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia to support development of Kazbegi and Kintrishi Protected Areas.Funding will be spent exclusively on selected Protected Areas and will promote to manage and improve resources of Protected Areas and social-economical development of nearby residents.