In 2021, by the decision of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee, “Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands” were added to the World Heritage List.
The Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands are located within the boundaries of four protected areas in Georgia: The Kolkheti and Mtirala National Parks and the Kintrishi and Kobuleti Protected Areas. This is the first time in the history of Georgia that the country has gained recognition in the category of Natural World Heritage.
All four protected areas of UNESCO World Heritage Status are an important part of the Caucasus Ecoregion and the Black Sea Basin, with unique ecosystems and rich biodiversity.
About 40 ecotourism projects were launched in the protected areas of Georgia in 2021.