Mtirala NP © Agency of Protected Areas, Georgia

Mtirala NP © Agency of Protected Areas, Georgia

Mtirala National Park

Mtirala National Park situated in western Lesser Caucasus and covers 15,698 hectares. Located between Black Sea and Adjara Mountain Range Mt. Mtirala is one of the most humid areas in Georgia with average precipitation of 1,200—2,000 mm (sometimes exceeding 4 000 mm). Rich with chestnut and beech woods Mtirala was established to preserve Colchic type of forests outstanding with its sub-forests: cherry laurel shrubs, Colcic box trees and variety of lianas. Mtirala is home oto Roe deer, Wild boar and Brown bear. Booted eagle, Eagle owl and Golden oriole could be found from avifauna in the park. Mtirala’s amphibian world is really diversified. Caucasian salamander, Caucasian toad, Eurasian mash frog and Caucasian viper inhabit the park.

CNF awarded a € 210,000  grant over three-years (2013-15) to Mtirala. Funds are budgeted to supplement salaries, maintain the park’s infrastructure, support basic park operations and implement patrolling program.