Outlook on Climate Change Adaptation in the South Caucasus Mountains

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Editors Aliyev Mahir, UNEP Artsivadze Kakha, Centre for Biodiversity Conservation and Research NACRES Dzneladze Malkhaz, independent expert Georgia Egerer Harald, UNEP Fayvush George, National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia Jorstad Hanne, GRID-Arendal Jurek Matthias, GRID-Arendal Kirkfeldt Trine, GRID-Arendal Kurvits Tiina, GRID-Arendal Mehdiyev Bariz, independent expert Azerbaijan Rucevska Ieva, GRID-Arendal Semernya Larisa, UNEP Shatberashvili Nina, Caucasus Network for Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions (Sustainable Caucasus) Wilson Mick, UNEP

Contributors Alfthan Bjorn, GRID-Arendal Aliyev Issa, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Antadze Nino, Energy and Environment Portfolio, UNDP Georgia Chkhobadze Nino, Greens Movement of Georgia/Friends of Earth of Georgia Gabrielyan Aram, UNFCCC focal point Armenia Getiashvili Revaz, CENN Harutynyan Diana, UNDP Armenia Lazrievi Grigol, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia Machavariani Giorgi, Ministry of Environment and Natural

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Resources Protection of Georgia Mafuta Clever, GRID-Arendal Osepashvili Ilia, WWF Caucasus Schoolmeester Tina, GRID-Arendal Shvangiradze Marina, UNDP Georgia Tsereteli Kety, GEF/UNEP Tsiklauri Ivane, UNDP Georgia

Layout GRID-Arendal

Cartography Manana Kurtubardze

Front cover photo: Ushguli village with Shkhara mountain in the background, Georgia Back cover photo: Shahdag national park, Azerbaijan

ISBN: 978-82-7701-149-3

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Recommended Citation Shatberashvili, N.; Rucevska, I.; Jørstad, H.; Artsivadze, K.; Mehdiyev, B.; Aliyev, M.; Fayvush, G.; Dzneladze, M.; Jurek, M.; Kirkfeldt, T. & Semernya, L. (2015). Outlook on climate change adaptation in the South Caucasus mountains. United Nations Environment Programme, GRID-Arendal and Sustainable Caucasus. Nairobi, Arendal and Tbilisi. www.grida.no, www.unep. org, www.sd-caucasus.com

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