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Twinning Sesssion in the Eifel National Park

TJS concluded a permanent ‘Twinning’ arrangement with the Eifel National Park in Germany. This arrangement serves as an ongoing exchange platform between the South Caucasus and the Eifel National Park. Using this platform, regional key stakeholders can share information and experiences, whilst being introduced to new international state of the art technologies, concepts and approaches. Therefore the platform strives to promote ongoing dialogues and communication exchanges about key topics.

The Eifel National Park is ideally suited for a Twinning arrangement with TJS, as it possesses state of the art expertise and valuable experiences in the fields of visitor guidance, awareness raising communication strategies regarding environmental topics, a constructive socio-economic development relationships with adjacent and involved communities as well as profound experiences in cross-boundary initiative projects with Belgium partners (especially with “Parc Naturel des Hautes Fagnes – Eifel”).

Between the 13th and 22nd April 2012 representatives from National Parks as well as from the Ministries of Environment of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia partook in a first ‘Twinning Session’ in Germany.
During their stay, they explored the topics of eco-tourism development and National Park management arrangements, with plenty of views on the Eifel National Park as a case example for the South Caucasus.

Further regional activities

  1. Prepare participation of all three countries at the International Tourism Fair in Berlin, 2013 (ITB)
  2. Study tour of representative of all three countries to TJS twining partner Eifel National Park in Germany (16-22 April)
  3. Initiation of Transboundary co-operation between Lake Arpi National Park in Armenia and Javakheti National Park in Georgia
  4. Workshop on co-operation between Lake Arpi National Park, Armenia and Javakheti National Park, Georgia on 12 May, 2012