The TEMATEA Module on Protected Areas helps to improve the protected areas system of Georgia

The TEMATEA Module on Protected Areas has proved a useful tool for the improvement of the national protected area system of Georgia. It was piloted in 2007-2009 by a wide range of national stakeholders including the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources (MoE), other state institutions and NGOs, with joint facilitation from the TEMATEA Secretariat and the IUCN Programme Office for the Southern Caucasus (POSC).

Results of the consultation process

A broad consultation process with stakeholders lead to the development of an inventory on national implementation, an evaluation of status and a set of recommendations based on the inventory, as well as four consultation workshops and numerous bilateral meetings to discuss these documents. As a result, Georgian PA stakeholders agreed on four general principles and detailed guidelines through which the overall implementation of MEA commitments related to Protected Areas will be harmonized. This will lead to a tangible improvement of the protected area system of Georgia.

  • The TEMATEA consultation and capacity building process met with high-level political support from the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources. The closing workshop was attended by the Minister of Environment, and several high-level ministerial staff expressed the desire to explore the possibility of applying the other TEMATEA Modules in Georgia.
  • According to statements at the final workshop, the consultation process enabled MEA Focal Points and other stakeholders to include the Module on PA – in particular through the inventory of national implementation - into their routine of analytic and planning methodology, and hence to improve capacity.
  • Workshop participants agreed that the TEMATEA discussions facilitated more effective communication and closer collaboration during implementation of the various MEAs – both on the inter-convention and the inter-institutional level.
  • The analysis of national implementation highlighted the need to reach out to other Ministries (e.g. Economy, Agriculture) and stakeholders. It strengthens the position of the MoE to promote effective implementation of PA-related MEAs in inter-ministerial negotiations.
  • Rather than elaborating a new strategy on improved MEA implementation with respect to Protected Areas, the stakeholders agreed to feed the outcomes of the TEMATEA process into several key ongoing policy processes in Georgia, thereby also contributing to the coherence among these processes at the national level.
  • Integration of the TEMATEA multi-convention approach to MEA commitments on PAs into the draft PA System Long-term Strategy and Action Plan of Georgia, which is currently being developed by the Agency of Protected Areas (APA) at the Environmental Ministry: This will help the APA to adopt a multi-convention approach as a core principle for national policy formulation.
  • Integration of commitments and actions into the revision of Georgia’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) in 2009.
  • Complementation of national implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoW PA) through consideration of related commitments under MEAs other than the CBD: The National Coordination Committee on the PoW PA will consider related commitments from other MEAs as shown in the TEMATEA Module on PA, as well as the national efforts as reflected in the inventory, during prioritization and implementation of the PoW PA.
  • Continued support of the multi-convention approach to PA-related commitments by IUCN POSC and the TEMATEA Secretariat: Capacity development is a long-term process, which in Georgia will be further supported by IUCN POSC as well as the TEMATEA Secretariat. As part of this agreed support, there will be a continuation to promote implementation of the guidelines that were elaborated during the national consultation process. Furthermore, the use of the other TEMATEA modules will be evaluated for national MEA implementation and capacity building.
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