The Georgian Society of Nature Friends was
established in 2000. In that first year, we recruited 7
members and collected 20 Euro in membership fees.
We began writing, publishing and distributing
protection issues. We published fifty copies of every
issue of our brochure and we distributed them
among our members, local government officials,
schools, libraries and restaurants. Our brochure was
a one page document, printed front and back with
articles about biodiversity, the environment and the
initiatives of local environmental officials. Between
2000 and May of 2005, we published 19 issues of
our brochure. These 19 issues were funded entirely
by membership dues.
In 2003, SNF initiated a forest-monitoring project.
We provide consultation services to the Regional
Forest Department and
the Protected Areas
Department. In the same year, we created a strong
working relationship with The Georgian Center for
the Conservation of Wildlife (GCCW). We received
a grant from GCCW and together we implemented
an ecological education project called The School
for Nature. We conducted eco-educational seminars
in the majority of schools in Telavi.
In 2004, we began leading hikes into the mountains
for our members in order to raise appreciation for
the natural environment.
In May of 2005, GSNF received a 450 Euro grant
from GCCW for our environmental brochure
project. This grant enabled us to change the format
from a one-page brochure to an eight-page
newspaper with colored photos. We expanded
production to 1,000 copies and distribute them to
our growing membership, schools, libraries and
government officials. As of October 2006, we
published twelve issues of the newspaper.
In theWe established two eco-clubs. Each club has
25 members from local schools and two volunteer
leaders from the university. The clubs meet once per
week at our NGO to learn about environmental
protection and biodiversity. The members of the