Georgia to create new protected areas
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
New protected areas will be created in the Racha region, western Georgia, Trend reports referring to the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of Georgia.
In particular, the ministry plans to create Racha National Park and Shovi Nature Reserve.
The issue of creating new protected areas in the Racha region was discussed between the representatives of the Agency of Protected Areas and local residents of the Oni municipality of the Racha region.
"Creating protected areas in Racha region is important as it supports protection of biodiversity and development of ecotourism. Consequently, it will improve the socio-economic status of the local population," said Toma Dekanoidze, the Deputy Chairman of national Agency of Protected Areas.
Currently, Georgia has 12 National Parks.
The area of the country's protected territories will increase by 100,000 hectares in 2020, said Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia at a government meeting earlier on February 19.
The Ministry of Agriculture will also establish a new protected area in Erusheti, which is located in southern Georgia on the border with Turkey.
Gakharia added that with this important decision, the ministry will be able to protect the environment and preserve endangered species.
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