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.
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.
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.