The actual implementation of the SPPA-Georgia rests with the Programme Implementation Unit (PIU) which has been established by the consultant at the launch of the project. The task of the PIU implies coordination, administration and realisation of the programme activities, experts and partner agencies, quality assurance of input, dealing with financial matters and reporting to MoENRP and KFW.
GFA Consulting Group
GFA Consulting Group GmbH (GFA) is a leading partner in the consultant’s consortium. It is leading German consulting company in the field of natural resource management and rural development, inter alia in Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 1982, GFA has since then carried out more than 3,000 studies and projects in over 130 countries and provides highly qualified staff with proven experience in the elaboration of feasibility studies and project implementation.
GFA’s expertise covers a comprehensive range of services including the following core competences in the area of protected area development and rural development in the surroundings of protected areas:
With long-standing experience of project management for development cooperation, GFA continuously ensures control of the quality of all the programme’s outputs, and also provides conceptual, organisational and teambuilding support as well as support to disposition fund management. Based in Hamburg, the GFA assigned Programme Director conducts regular backstopping missions to Georgia to provide on-site support, meet APA and PA representatives, hold discussions with the donor and partners.
The Biological Farming Association ELKANA is a non-governmental Georgian organisation founded in August 1994 and currently uniting more than 600 people – individual farmers, farmer groups, unions and business entities – under its association membership. Since 1996 ELKANA is a member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). ELKANA aims to improve the socio-economic conditions of the rural population of Georgia and to ensure environmental protection through fostering the development of sustainable & organic farming and increasing the self-reliance of the rural population. The organisation’s core competences and programme activities in Georgia are highly relevant for the “Support Programme for Protected Areas” and can be summarized as follows:
SABUKO Society for Nature Conservation (former Bird Conservation Georgia)
SABUKO Society for Nature Conservation (former Bird Conservation Georgia) was created in 2013 as a merger of the Batumi Raptor Count (BRC) and the Georgian Center for the Conservation of Wildlife (GCCW) as a non-for-profit, non-political, non-governmental organisation. SABUKO continues the mission of BRC focusing on conservation of birds and their habitats and GCCW’s mission to encourage biodiversity conservation activities in Georgia. BCG’s aim is to advance the protection of birds and their habitats in Georgia, to increase the valuation of nature by the public and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources. SABUKO operates through three main programmatic directions to achieve the stated mission and long-term goal of biodiversity conservation in Georgia: 1) Species Conservation; 2) Sites Conservation; and 3) Public Awareness and Environmental Education.
SABUKO’s core competences can be summarized as follows:
The backstoppers of ELKANA and SABUKO are knowledgeable in socio-economic development in rural areas and PA development and nature conservation respectively. Additionally they bring in the important in-depth knowledge and experience on specifics according to the history and culture of Georgia.
Formed by the consortium partners GFA Consulting Group, ELKANA and SABUKO, the PIU team based in Tbilisi comprises:
Chief Technical Advisor – Ramaz Gokhelashvili
National Coordinator – Ekaterine Kakabadze
Socioeconomic Programme Manager (Rural development and tourism) - Nana Kartvelishvili
Procurement Specialist – Nino Koberidze
Accountant – Maka Koiava
Administrative Assistant / Translator – Sofia Tvaradze
The PIU is regularly assisted by international (see below) and national experts fulfilling required short-term assignments in various Programme outcome areas:
Conservation Finance Expert – Barry Spergel
PA Finance Expert – Marlon Flores
PA Management – Günther Loiskandl
Socio-economic Development – Steffen Schülein
Monitoring – Tilman Dieterich