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Georgia and Abkhazia set about national parks development2008-12-18 11:47
A few months ago the territory of Georgia's historic park Borjomi-Kharagauli was all on fire. The park was severely damaged. On Tuesday it was reported that the park was subject to reconstruction.
Great Britain undertook to help Georgia in it. "Novosti-Gruzia" information agency does not specify what kind of aid it will be. It is only stated that the decision was taken as a result of Georgia's Minister of Environment Georgy Khachidze meeting with Great Britain's ambassador Dennis Keefe. The ambassador also expressed readiness to provide assistance in environmental conservation activity including implementation of relevant British standards.
Borjomi - Kharagauli is one of the largest national parks in Europe. Five thousand square kilometers is approximately one tenth of Georgia's territory. The park is unique not only for its flora and fauna, but for its landscape too.
In August Borjomi-Kharagauli was seriously damaged. The forests were on fire, as a result of migration the number of rare species enlisted in "Red Book" decreased. Caucasian deer, roe, squirrel, brown bear and Caucasian asp are among them. 23 days were required to put out the fire.
By the way the Georgian authorities blame Russia for this disaster. Deputy Interior Minister Eka Zguladze at the meeting with the journalists in August stated that the fire had been started by a Russian helicopter flying over the national park and throwing fire bombs.
In this connection an official representative of Russia's Defense Minister whose name wasn't mentioned told the ITAR-TASS reporter the following:
"We understand that the Georgian authorities want to shift the responsibility for any natural disasters in Georgia onto Russia. We have nothing to do with the forest fires in Borjomi but we are ready to give assistance after Georgia's official address.
Georgia referred to Great Britain for help...
Meanwhile Russia will help creating a national park in Abkhazia. Recently a special committee chaired by the Head of State Ecology Service of the republic Roman Dbar prepared suggestions on organization of such a park in Kodori gorge. It will be the biggest conservation area in Abkhazia.
"We live in such a natural environment, - Dbar pointed out in his conversation with the journalists, - that has no parallel in the world. And by setting up a national park we become leaders in the scope of specially protected natural areas maintenance. This is the essence that will allow our society to secure its living environment where the culture that helped us preserve the people and the land was formed".