The variegated landscapes of the Caucasus make it one of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots.
It is home to a uniquely large number of endemic plants and animals. The primeval high-mountain forests of the Greater Caucasus harbour many endangered and recently rare species including Brown bears and the Persian leopard. Poaching during the 1990s reduced the number of Caucasian wisents to just 150 individuals. But the population has bounced back – today, more than 1,200 wisents live in the Western Caucasus. The crucial step to save them were conservation measures like anti-poaching activities, initiated and supported by NABU.
Nowadays, NABU's comitment in the caucasus region is focused on environmental education, sustainable rural development and the protection of threatened species and habitats, like the rare boxtree forests – which are facing extinction in the Caucasus.
NABU on the ground in the Caucasus
Click the locations in below map to find out where and how NABU is active in the Caucasus region.