Category: Georgia

Eco-tourism in Georgia, a boost for the economy and for the environment; AfricaNews

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Georgia’s Colchic rainforests and wetlands have just been recognised by UNESCO and added to its World Heritage List. The country is now looking to further protect the unique biodiversity of this area whilst boosting the economy with eco-tourism.

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Culture minister: plans for preventive work on Gelati monument before fall weather; Agenda.ge

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Plans are in motion to ensure initial preventive work on Gelati complex, a UNESCO World Heritage monument in Georgia’s west, before the onset of precipitation during fall season, Georgia’s culture minister Thea Tsulukiani said on Friday. Tsulukiani announced the intention while speaking in the wake of the most recent developments around the monastery complex – the publication of a UNESCO World Heritage Committee document and reports by working groups studying the site and involving experts from the international body.

Source: Culture minister: plans for preventive work on Gelati monument before fall weather

UNESCO World Heritage Committee laments “fragile state of conservation” of Gelati monument; agenda.ge

Photo: National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has lamented the “fragile state of conservation” of the Gelati monument in Georgia’s west, calling on the Georgian government to implement a solution for safeguarding the monastery from precipitation via a “workable solution” and requesting international assistance for implementing measures for improving its conservation state.

Source: UNESCO World Heritage Committee laments “fragile state of conservation” of Gelati monument

Georgia’s Colchic Rainforests, Wetlands Granted World Heritage Status; civil.ge

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UNESCO added Georgia’s Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands to its list of world heritage sites on July 26. This is the first Georgian site added to the list for its natural attributes. It includes 1,100 species of vascular and non-vascular plants, including 44 threatened species, some 500 varieties of vertebrates and harbors 19 threatened animal species, including the Colchich Sturgeon, said UNESCO.

Source: Georgia’s Colchic Rainforests, Wetlands Granted World Heritage Status

Western Georgian rainforests, wetlands join UNESCO World Heritage List; Agenda.ge

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Four protected areas preserving wetlands and rainforests in Georgia’s west will join the likes of Yellowstone National Park and Swiss Alps on the UNESCO World Heritage List, after the 2021 World Heritage Committee of the body selected them for inclusion on the coveted roster on Monday.

Source: Western Georgian rainforests, wetlands join UNESCO World Heritage List

Culture minister: 2008-2020 rehabilitation “experiment” on Gelati UNESCO World Heritage Site “big mistake”; Agenda.ge

Photo credit: National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia

Thea Tsulukiani, the Minister of Culture, Sport and Youth of Georgia, has called the 2008-2020 rehabilitation work on the roofing of the Gelati Monastery Complex in the country’s west a “big mistake” and an “experiment” that has proved “damaging” to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Source: Culture minister: 2008-2020 rehabilitation “experiment” on Gelati UNESCO World Heritage Site “big mistake”

The four most remarkable places to visit in the Caucasus; Christian Mamo; Emerging Europe

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The Caucasus Mountains are widely considered to be one of the frontiers between Europe and Asia, a place were dozens of civilisations, both big and small, interacted. Consequently, it is a region with an incredibly rich array of historical sites and natural wonders spread across the four countries it encompasses.

Source: The four most remarkable places to visit in the Caucasus

Reasons to visit Kutaisi in Georgia – What to see in Georgia’s second city; Mark; Kathmandu And Beyond

A guide to the best things to do in Kutaisi, Georgia. What to do in Kutaisi with a self-guided walking tour map for independent travellers.

Source: Reasons to visit Kutaisi in Georgia – What to see in Georgia’s second city

UNESCO experts to issue recommendations for Gelati monument rehabilitation; Agenda.ge

Professionals from the UNESCO World Heritage Centre will visit Georgia to issue recommendations on the ongoing rehabilitation of the Gelati Monastery Complex, following a fraught work on the site that resulted in damage to its newly installed roof and rainwater leaks last year.

Source: UNESCO experts to issue recommendations for Gelati monument rehabilitation

Cultural heritage body fines, replaces contractors working on Gelati UNESCO monument rehabilitation; Agenda

The National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation has fined and replaced the company working on the ongoing rehabilitation of the Gelati Monastery Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the country’s west, for failing to fix deficiencies in the work.

Source: Cultural heritage body fines, replaces contractors working on Gelati UNESCO monument rehabilitation

Watchdog Requests Probe into Damages to Gelati World Heritage Site; civil.ge

Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA), a local watchdog, announced on October 20 that it requested the Prosecutor’s Office to initiate probe into the damages to the Gelati Monastery complex – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, based on Articles 259 and 342 of the Criminal Code, involving damage or destruction of cultural heritage, and neglect of official duty, respectively.

Source: Watchdog Requests Probe into Damages to Gelati World Heritage Site

Jvari Monastery UNESCO site set for conservation work with US ambassador fund support; Agenda.ge

The deteriorating facade of the iconic 6th century Jvari Monastery, which stands perched atop a hill outside the ancient Georgian capital of Mtskheta, will undergo conservation and reinforcement work supported by the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation at the United States Embassy in Tbilisi.

Source: Jvari Monastery UNESCO site set for conservation work with US ambassador fund support

Losing Svaneti – the Architectural Heritage of the Region; Stefan Applis; Georgia Today

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Source: Losing Svaneti – the Architectural Heritage of the Region

The threats to Georgia’s world heritage sites; Stefan Applis; Eurasia Net

Georgia’s Catch-22: UNESCO status draws tourists, and yet tourists make it harder to maintain UNESCO status…

Source: Perspectives | The threats to Georgia’s world heritage sites

10 of the dreamiest places in Georgia; Benjamin Kemper; CNN


Deep in the Caucasus, a fantasy world of sprawling cave cities, whisper-quiet monasteries, and secret mountain villages will have you pinching yourself at every turn.

Source: 10 of the dreamiest places in Georgia

15 Best Things to Do and See in Georgia; Matt; Nomadic Matt

Georgia is an up-and-coming destination for budget travelers. To help you plan an amazing trip, here are the best things to see and do in Georgia!

Source: 15 Best Things to Do and See in Georgia (Updated 2020)

10 Amazing Places You Can Visit As Day Trips From Kutaisi, Georgia; Kami; My Wanderlust

Kutaisi, Georgia can be a great base to explore the area around. Canyons, caves, monasteries and more – you can see it all as day trips from Kutaisi!

Source: 10 Amazing Places You Can Visit As Day Trips From Kutaisi, Georgia

US embassy to fund conservation work at Georgian 6th century Jvari Monastery; Agenda.ge

The US Embassy will allocate $100,000 for the first stage of conservation work at Georgian 6th century Jvari monastery in Mtskheta. The project is intended to cover the first phase of the conservation cycle by carrying out a comprehensive study, to identify, classify, and map the extent of damage and deterioration of the facade.

Source: US embassy to fund conservation work at Georgian 6th century Jvari Monastery

Inside Ushguli, Europe’s highest inhabited village; Anadolu

Source: Inside Ushguli, Europe’s highest inhabited village

The Daily Telegraph writes about Georgia; Xiang; Georgian Journal

The national British daily broadsheet newspaper “The Daily Telegraph” has recently published an article about Georgia entitled “Is Georgia the new Puglia? With new direct flights, get there before the masses do.”

Source: The Daily Telegraph writes about Georgia

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