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TJS Activities

What we do

In order to achieve true transboundary sector development in nature conservation, TJS collaborates closely with the three Ministries of Environment of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. In addition, TJS furthermore streamlines its activities with other organizations and donors in order to create a broad collaborating network, which then might act as further service and support to the ministries of environment. Many TJS activities aim to support the establishment of transboundary mechanisms for nature conservation between the South Caucasus countries and promote a cross-border exchange of valuable information and lesson-learned experiences.

                                                            TJS Watermark TwoLeaves

So far, the Transboundary Joint Secretariat has been established and executed in two phases (as february 2015).

The first phase took place between the years 2007 and 2010. During this period a considerable effort was made to exchange valuable experiences and to integrate ‘lessons-learned’ instants from the individual PA projects into the activities of TJS. Regional and national guidelines were developed to advance the management of protected areas in line with international standards.
To view a collection of documents and outcomes of the first phase, please view the TJS Phase I download page.

In February 2011 the second phase of TJS started, striving to achieve its following objectives:

  • Harmonization and further development of the nature conservation sectors of the ministries
  • Establishment and / or improvement of the operational instruments for sound implementation of sector policies (i.e. sector concepts and sector guidelines including harmonisation of participatory socio-economic development in communities adjacent to protected areas)
  • Development of financing strategies and instruments for a sustainable funding of protected areas in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia (e.g. with CNF, payments for environmental services, and other tools)

To view a selection of documents, reports and materials published during the second phase, please visit the TJS Phase II download page.