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Mitigating Impacts of Climate Change through Forest Restoration in Southern Caucasus

As of: June 2019

Objective and activities

The project aimed to reafforest selected areas in the southern Caucasus, restore existing forest areas and promote their sustainable management. This work served to safeguard the forests’ function as carbon reservoirs over the long term. The project’s activities also conserved natural habitats and improved the capacity of ecosystems to adapt to climate change.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • Estimated greenhouse gas reduction attributable to the project: 41,369 tonnes of CO2 after 20 years for an area of 975 hectares
  • Working together with the local population in the partner countries, 1,430 hectares afforested or restored through natural succession processes
  • Forests classified for different afforestation and restoration activities
  • Forest workers trained
  • Guideline on forest restoration produced
  • Climate adaptation strategy for the forests of the southern Caucasus elaborated
  • Manual developed that illustrates the climate relevance of different types of afforestation and restoration

Project data

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Implementing organisation:
KfW Entwicklungsbank

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Armenia, Ministry of Nature Protection - Armenia
  • Ministry of Agriculture - Armenia,Ministry of Nature Protection - Armenia

BMU grant:
€ 4,825,000

12/2008 till 03/2011


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