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Cross-border network of Caucasian mountain villages

Mountain communities in the Caucasus have adopted a memorandum aimed at establishing a cross-border community network modelled on the "Alliance in the Alps".
Mountain communities in the Caucasus have adopted a memorandum aimed at establishing a cross-border community network modelled on the "Alliance in the Alps". The meeting was held in the mountain village of Chiora, Georgia, on 6 August as part of the mountain partnership project entitled Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions of the Caucasus - Local Agenda 21. The meeting was attended by representatives of eight mountain villages in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Russian Federation.
As part of the mountain partnership project the eight villages have, over the past two years, drawn up development programmes for their communities based on the Local Agenda 21 model with the support of moderators and national consultants from the four states of the Caucasus; those programmes are now to be implemented. The programmes cover all areas of sustainable development and are designed first and foremost to tap the economic potential (mountain farming, tourism, traditional arts and crafts) for remote mountain regions neglected by their governments.
The community representatives came to the conclusion that their problems were very similar and that the cross-border exchange of experience would enable more effective solutions. They were inspired by the experiences of the Alliance in the Alps network of communities and from the Alliance of Central Asian Mountain Communities (AGOCA), which was also established in 2003 as the result of a mountain partnership with the Alps.
The project in the Caucasus has been promoted since 2004 by the Ministries for the Environment of Germany and Liechtenstein and co-ordinated by the Regional Environmental Centres for southern Caucasus (RECC) and Russia (RREC). The project intends both to contribute towards the sustainable development of these mountain regions and to stabilise the conflict-laden Caucasus region as part of the Environment and Safety agenda.
Source and information: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
www.rec-caucasus.org/news_eng.htm (en),
www.rec-caucasus.org/sd_pp_mount_obj_eng.htm (en)