Paliastomi Lake – Georgia

 

The Paliastomi Lake is located at the eastern coast of the Black Sea, 10 km south-east of Poti City, at a sea level between - 0,3 and 2 m. The Paliastomi Lake is the largest of over 40 other smaller lakes in the ecologically important and fragile Kolkheti Wetland complex. The wetland area harbors a lot of waterfowl (especially at the eastern coast of the Paliastomi Lake), rare endemic plants, and many water-associated amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.

The Paliastomi Lake covers a surface of 17.3 sq. km, its maximum depth measures 3.2 m. In the past, the salinity content was 2,2 g/l, today it varies between 12 and 13 g/l. The Paliastomi Lake is an important fishery site.

 

Additionally to the high salinity and over-fishing, hunting as well as lacking regulation are the biggest problems, which strongly influence the situation at the lake.

Our partner organisation is the Black Sea Eco-Academy.

 

The goals are

  • Introduction of sustainable development principles in the Georgian Black Sea coastal region
  • Increase of public participation in decision making process 
  • Increase of public awareness for sustainable development and environmental issues

Main activities of the association

  • Implementation of public-information campaigns, seminars, training, working meetings, expedition, exhibitions.
  • Preparation of TV-radio programs and publications on environmental issues.

Goals of the organisation concerning sustainable development and conservation of the lake

  • Development and production of information and environmental education materials in terms of values and functions of Lake Paliastomi 
  • Involvement of stakeholders in the protection and sustainable use of Kolkheti Wetlands and Lake Paliastomi, through conservation and traditional business activities
  • Encouraging the reduction of pollution and waste from all sources around Lake Paliastomi
  • Establishing and supporting a regional and national network for the dissemination and exchange of information on Lake Paliastomi
  • Grassroots development and improvement of socio-economical life conditions of the local community
  • Promoting sustainable use of resources and alternatives to fishing, hunting, woodcutting and grazing in the Lake Paliastomi area
 Shore line at Paliastomi Lake
 Water lilies
 Environmental education
 Shore line vegetation
 

Partner Organisation

Black Sea Eco-Academy

Ekaterine Khvedelidze

51 Rustaveli st.

Batumi, Georgia

E-mail: ekhvedelidze@yahoo.com; bsea@access.sanet.ge

 

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