Supporting Tushetian Shepeherds to Improve Livestock Tending Practices

1 March, 2012

On February 18-24, in the framework of the Georgia Carnivore Conservation Project, Tushetian shepherds and farmers on the winter pastures of the Vashlovani National Park were given trainings on issues relating to tending livestock. The trainings were held by members of the Kakheti Regional Association of Veterinarians under the coordination of the Center for Management of Veterinarians’ Associations and were directly monitored by the head of the group for response to conflict between humans and carnivores created in the framework of the Carnivore Conservation Project.


Position Statement on Lifting the Ban on Hunting of Red List Species in Georgia

19 January 2012

With the recent changes to the legislation the ban on Red List species hunting in Georgia has been lifted allowing shooting of even those species that were originally driven to the verge of extinction due to excessive hunting.

Since the establishment of the current national red list in 2006, the Georgian government has failed to meet the requirements of the international as well as national legislation:


Position Statement on The hunting quotas published by the Georgian Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources

19 January 2012

On 10th January 2012 the Georgian Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources published the following annual hunting quotas: Coypu – 194, Hare – 615, Badger – 168, Pine marten – 157, Stone marten – 157, Grey wolf – 120, Golden jackal – 1453, Red fox – 162, Wild cat – 77, Wild boar – 189, Roe deer 417, Racoon – 96, Pheasant 416, Chukkar partridge – 713, Black francolin - 50.


NACRES Appeal to the Parliament of Georgia

On the purposed amendments to the hunting regulations and procedures

NACRES welcomes the wish of the Parliament of Georgia to improve the hunting legislation. This initiative is viewed as a sign of the recognition of monetary values of the wildlife, which may be expected to serve as a prerequisite of increased control of illegal hunting in the country.


New Images by Photo Traps

NACRES together with Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and WWF carries on research on leopard and lynx study through photo traps. Our fieldworks cover the territories of Vashlovani Protected Areas and Chachuna Managed Reserve. The main goal of the research is to shoot a new photo of leopard as well as to estimate lynx population in semi-arid ecosystem. We fixed 50 photo traps on the territory in March and have already got first results.

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On the Traces of Leopard

NACRES together with WWF and the Agency of Protected Areas have launched a joint initiative the aim of which is to discover the traces of leopard in Tusheti. The field works started in July. We fixed 11 photo traps on the territory of Tusheti National Park. Many large mammal species found in the park were captured on the films of our remote sensing cameras. In September the results were as follows: bezoar goat (75), wolf (15), brown bear (5), roe-deer (2), tur (3), and Caucasian snowcock (10). Unfortunately no photos of leopard have been found on the territory so far.

Currently NACRES carries out the analysis of the data collected during the field trip. Monitoring of large mammals with remote sensing cameras continues in Tusheti National Park.

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First Images of Porcupine in Georgia

This video serves as the first documentary evidence of porcupine population living in Georgia. The video was taken in Vashlovani National Park by NACRES remote sensing camera. More

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Otter Video

The project, "Eurasian Otter Research and Conservation in Georgia" launched in 2004 is part of NACRES’ long-term study of the otter population of the Alazani valley (East Georgia). This video was taken in the wild by NACRES’ remote sensing camera. This is the first video of otter in Georgia.

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