The programme “Integrated Biodiversity Management in the South Caucasus” (IBiS) is developing strategies to support the sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services. It helps to generate reliable data on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The work is not limited to the national level. IBiS works cross-sectoral and on all administrative levels. Through this approach, it is helping to safeguard the species and habitat diversity for future generations.
Integrated Biodiversity Management, South Caucasus (IBiS) is a programme of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and its partners in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. From 2015 to 2019, we are assisting Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in protecting their biodiversity and sustainably manage the natural resources available to them. The region is home to some of the world’s most diverse ecosystems with an unusually high number of local plant and animal species. With our regional approach, we are promoting a dialogue between the countries and an exchange of technical information. IBiS is built on the achievements of the previous regional GIZ programmes “Sustainable Management of Biodiversity, South Caucasus” and “Integrated Erosion Control in Mountainous Regions”.
The local population, the private sector and the government in the South Caucasus are currently exploiting natural resources in ways that place pressure on these resources. There is little public awareness of how to sustainably manage biodiversity and ecosystem services. These issues do not feature prominently in decision-making on political level, and in the curricula of education and training institutions. The lack of reliable data, conflicting interests and poor coordination between the various sectors who use and manage the land are adding to the problem.