Biodiversity monitoring, eco-tourism and waste management in a park

Are you interested in wild flora and fauna? Do you enjoy working outdoors and would like to get actively involved in the conservation of nature? Then you should check out this project description. We are looking for two participants who have a strong understanding of ecology and experience in fieldwork and wildlife monitoring. In addition, you should have practical knowledge of geographic information systems and be confident handling social media. Alternatively, you could have a background in ecotourism and/or workshop implementation. You should enjoy working with kids and be in good physical shape. Very good English and Russian language skills are essential for participation.

The Lagodekhi Reserve is one of the oldest and best-preserved protected areas in the Kakheti District in eastern Georgia. Almost one quarter of Georgia’s flora, up to 1500 species, can be found in this relatively small area of 25 thousand hectares. Moreover, the Lagodekhi Reserve hosts a wide range of endangered mammals such as the East Caucasian tur and the Caspian red deer. The National Park is administered by the Agency of Protected Areas (APA), whose main task is to protect and restore the flora and fauna of this unique and rare ecosystem, as well as maintain its natural historical and cultural monuments. The APA with 24 staff members and six guides provides tourists with the opportunity to visit the reserve and learn about its nature and wildlife. Therefore, the national park plays an important role in tourist development and creates job opportunities in the region.

As a GLEN participant, you would support the APA and its staff in three areas of activity, namely biodiversity monitoring, eco-tourism, and waste management. In collaboration with the APA, you would engage in identifying suitable methods for wildlife monitoring and elaborate a system for data storage. In addition, you would develop training courses for rangers. By creating various materials about the reserve and developing guided tours on special themes, you would assist in promoting the Lagodekhi Protected Areas. Environmental education activities with school classes and developing a waste management plan for the reserve will also be tasks performed by GLEN participants during this project.

The scheduled time for the internship is between June and October 2018.

Training and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN team will be comprised of one Czech participant and one German participant.

Program component: GLEN

Language(s): English, Russian

Topic / area(s) of interest: Education; Ecology, Environment & Climate; Media and Information; Tourism

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Horticulture; Agriculture; Forestry and Livestock Industry; Natural Sciences and Environmental Protection; Tourism, Hotel and Hospitality Industry

Field(s) of study (Category): Agriculture and Forestry; Humanities, Sociology and Social Sciences; Education and Pedagogy

Period of the internship: 3 months between June and October 2018

Country: Georgia

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Lagodekhi Protected Areas Administration

Classification of the internship in the development fields: Education (2); Ecology, Environment & Climate (9); Media and Information (13); Tourism (18)

Number of the internship: 1129



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