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TRANSBOUNDARY JOINT SECRETARIAT

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WWF-Caucasus has been implementing the third phase of the Transboundary Joint Secretariat (TJS) for the Southern Caucasus, a multifaceted project designed to promote cooperation in nature conservation in the South Caucasus and was active from 2007-2020. 
The project worked closely with the ministries of environment and the protected area administrations in all three partner countries, as well as with other nature protection programmes, scientific institutions and NGOs, who supported WWF-Caucasus with the planning, coordination and implementation of project objectives. 

TJS IN ACTION

On the ground the TJS developed and encouraged a participatory approach to socio-economic development of communities adjacent to protected areas, providing support directly through the provision of equipment (such as off-road vehicles, firefighting equipment and security cameras), organized meetings, training sessions and helped finance infrastructure in the protected areas. 
 
The TJS developed ecotourism and marketing plans for selected protected areas and supported regional biodiversity monitoring through the establishment of an online database of transboundary monitoring. The TJS also worked with the Eco-Corridor Fund for the Caucasus (ECF)  to implement programme activities, providing locals with training, workshops, consultation and support.
 
The project worked closely with the ministries of environment and the protected area administrations in all three partner countries, as well as with other nature protection programmes, scientific institutions and NGOs, who supported WWF-Caucasus with the planning, coordination and implementation of project objectives, contributing to transboundary biodiversity monitoring, the restoration of the species, capacity building of PA staff and administrations, conflict resolution with local communities, ecotourism development in and around protected areas and the preparation of the Ecoregional Conservation Plan(ECP).

Financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through KfW, WWF-Caucasus, together with its implementation consultants HT GROUP AG and REC Caucasus, has implemented the third phase of the TJS project (2015-2020).