The Kolkheti National Park is located in western Georgia. It includes the eastern Black Sea coastline and the Paliastomi lake basin. The park was formed for the protection purposes of the Kolkheti wetlands, a site of international importance.

 

Kolkheti plain first fell into the international spotlight in 1996, when Georgia joined the Ramsar Convention on the protection of wetlands of international importance. Since 2000, Kolkheti National Park began full-scale operation. Kolkheti National Park is not a monolithic entity, and it is composed from some intermittent neighboring areas.

 

The park is divided into several areas: Anaklia-Churia (the coastline areas between the Khobistskali and ChuriaRiver valleys, 13 713 hectares);Nabada (the area between the Khobistskali and Rioni River western valleys, 10 697 hectares), and Imnati (located between the western sections of the Supsa and Rioni River valleys, 19903 hectares) natural geographical regions. These locales possess the best preserved wetland ecosystems. In addition, the national park consists of sea waters between the confluence of the rivers Rioni and Churia. Total land area of ​​the national park is 28 571 hectares, while the sea totals 15 742 hectares. The National Park is located in five administrative districts - Zugdidi, Khobi, Senaki, Abasha and Lanchkuti, and two historic parts of Guria and Samegrelo.

 

Because Black Sea Terminal LLC is located in the immediate vicinity of the national park, and its railway access-line intersects it at several places, the Terminal is committed to providing all the necessary support and aid to minimize all the possible impacts that it can have on the adjacent ecosystems. As a result of this commitment, Black Sea Terminal LLCperiodically financesthe Kolkheti Protected Territories Development Fund. The fund was established by the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, together with Black Sea TerminalLLC, to ensure the protection and sustainable development of the Kolkheti National Park and other protected areas by means of regular monitoring and the appropriate protective and mitigation measures.

 

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