Georgia Nomination for Unesco World Heritage Site 2019

The Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands, Georgia

Georgia has nominated the Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands are the first natural World Heritage property nominated by Georgia.

The Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands are situated in Georgia, within the Autonomous Republic of Adjara as well as the regions of Guria and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti. They are a series of seven component areas, which are located along the warm-temperate and extremely humid eastern coast of the Black Sea. They consist of an altitudinal series of the most typical Colchic ecosystems running from sea level to > 2,500 m a.s.l. The main ecosystems are ancient deciduous Colchic rainforests and wetlands – particularly percolation bogs and other mire types of the distinct Colchic mire region.

The nominated series has a high level of integrity, i.e., of completeness, intactness and absence of critical threats.

The nominated component areas of the Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands cover most of the existing mires of the Colchis mire region, and the best preserved and most representative rainforests. They include more than 90% of the altitudinal range at which Colchic rainforests occur, and the great majority of typical forest associations. They also comprise a complete successional series of the mires characteristic of the Colchis mire region. The nominated component areas of the series together hold the great majority of the Colchic flora and fauna, and an even greater proportion of the endemic plant species found in the wider region.

Additional information can be found here:

Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands Nomination - Volume 1                    Download (PDF)
Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands Nomination - Volume 2                    Download (PDF)
Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands Nomination - Volume 3                    Download (PDF)
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