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On April 20, 2021, in Kutaisi, the Caucasus Network for Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions (Sustainable Caucasus) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Akaki Tsereteli Kutaisi State University.
The purpose of this cooperation is to facilitate the involvement of various stakeholders in international scientific networks and to jointly organise the third Caucasus Mountain Forum. Held biannually, the forum is a scientific conference and gives Caucasian and international scientists and other stakeholders the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge, as well as assess the progress of Caucasian scientific research for the sustainable development of mountain regions over the past two years
On the 25th of February Scientific Steering Group of the Scientific Network for Caucasus Mountain Region and colleagues from the Science for the Carpathians met to discuss the joint plans in light of the signing of MoU for the following years.
The Science for the Carpathians Network (S4C) and the Scientific Network for the Caucasus Mountain Region (SNC-mt) constitute networks of researchers working on mountainous regions with similar aims. The research agendas of both S4C and SCN-mt contain many similar focus areas aimed at understanding the socio-ecological systems of the respective mountain regions and their transitions. Both networks are supported by and cooperate with the UNEP Office in Vienna, Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, which works on international mountain ecosystems. The aforementioned organizations are partners and have invested time and resources in the promotion of both networks.
The Scientific Steering Group of the Scientific Network for Caucasus Mountain Regions gathered to discuss the upcoming third Caucasus Mountain Forum. The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Scientific Steering Group members from the six countries (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkey) as well as by the colleagues from the GiZ Caucasus Biodiversity Program willing to cooperate under the CMF3 and Carolina Adler, the Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative and Co-chair of Scientific Committee of the third Caucasus Mountain Forum.
On January 21, 2021, at the office of GeoRisk Scientific Research Company was held a meeting with the participation of scientists and practitioners, particularly representatives of the Institute of Geological Sciences NAS, Armenian State Pedagogical University, and Crisis Management State Academy MES, freelance expert and country representative of the Caucasus Network for Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions (Sustainable Caucasus).
The meeting aimed at the introduction and implementation of the Distance Learning Module (DLM) for DRR and Disaster Risk Mapping in Armenian Higher Education Institutions.
On December 25th, 2020, the third online Meeting of the National Initiative Group of Georgia (NIG Georgia) took place. The meeting's primary purpose was to agree on cooperation mechanisms and joint systemic actions to strengthen collaboration between the academics and practitioners to eliminate existing problems for sustainable development of mountainous regions, including effective management of natural disasters and climate change adaptation.
10th of November is World Science Day for Peace and Development, therefore it is symbolic that on World Science Day Academia joined hands with the Government to fight climate disasters. National Environment Agency (NEA) and Ilia State University (IIiaUni) signed a memorandum of understanding, to stress the critical importance of education and science in addressing global challenges like climate change and pandemic with support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Scientific Network for Caucasus Mountain Regions (its secretariat Sustainable Caucasus) within the framework of the project "Strengthening the Climate Adaptation Capacities in Georgia"
On September 16, 2020, the second meeting of the National Initiative Group of Armenia (NIG Armenia) took place online bringing together the scientists and practitioners interested in planning, development, and strengthening national as well as regional dialogue.
On August 21, 2020, the second meeting of the National Initiative Group of Azerbaijan (NIG Azerbaijan) on development and planning of regional dialogue and cooperation took place online, bringing together the scientists and practitioners. The meeting was held in three sessions.
In the framework of the second meeting of the Georgian National Initiative Group the renewed Georgian National Determined Contributions (NDC) document was reviewed and as a result of this meeting with the involvement of group members was developed a package of changes (in English and Georgian) and proposed to the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia, Department of Climate Change for review. The document is signed by the majority of NIG Georgia members.