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The actions we take over the next few years will fundamentally change the state of nature for future generations. Unless we act now to halt the decline of biodiversity and restore nature, our own survival is at risk. Based on WWF’s  Living Planet Report, wildlife populations, have plummeted on average by 68% globally in less than 50 years. Can you imagine if one day, the Leopard disappears forever? 

Due to the high biodiversity of the Caucasus Ecoregion, it has been listed as one of WWF’s 35 Priority Places, along with the Amazon and Guianas and the African Rift Lakes.

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Wildlife is crucial to nature’s delicate web of life, a web that we as humans depend on. Human actions have deep impacts on our future, but also the future of all species on earth. We are all connected.

The biggest threats to wildlife are due to human impacts on the environment. These include habitat loss and overexploitation through poaching and illegal trade.

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What is WWF doing?

WWF-Caucasus aims to preserve rare and endangered species and habitats in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. In order to restore the populations of endangered species, the following reintroduction projects are carried out in each of the three countries: Goitered Gazelle Reintroduction Programme in Georgia, Caucasian Red Deer Reintroduction Project in Armenia, and the European Bison Reintroduction Program in Azerbaijan. We also implement conservation projects focused on other species, like the Caucasian Leopard in the South Caucasus and sturgeon species in the Rioni River of Georgia which is the last functioning sturgeon spawning river in Georgia and the eastern part of the Black Sea basin.
In areas of high wildlife traffic, we work with local communities to increase knowledge and awareness about conservation and we encourage locals to continue to benefit from the rich biodiversity and unique ecosystems around them, while helping them become stewards of these landscapes and species.

The Rioni River, the last functioning sturgeon spawning river in Georgia and eastern part of the Black Sea basin.

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