User’s Guide for the Database “Conservation actions in the Caucasus Region”

The “Conservation actions in the Caucasus Region” Database provides you with the data on the conservation actions undertaken in the Caucasus Biodiversity Hotspot / Ecoregion since 1991.

In general, the DB answers on the question:

- What conservation actions were they undertaken in the 5 priority corridors of the Caucasus Ecoregion?

The answer can concern all the actions undertaken during the whole target period in the whole region or deal by your request with the action unified by:

  • the year of the action beginning;
  • one of the 6 countries ( Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Russian Federation, and Turkey);
  • each of the priority corridors;
  • each of the target site;
  • each of the target species;
  • the organization carrying out the action;
  • the international agreement or document, which implementation is improved by the action;
  • the conservation program or a large project, which the action is a part of.

The DB indicates target species and sites of each action, years of its realization, actors, and so on including requirements of international conservation documents, which implementation is improved by the action if appropriate. The action outputs are mentioned too as a rule but unfortunately results of several actions are unknown.

The DB is made on both English and Russian. You can find in on the Caucasus Program page in the Biodiversity Conservation Center web site at

You can ask the DB by filling in the blank request on the Caucasus Program web page.

In fact it is not mandatory to fill in the blank request. If you begin just by pressing the “Search” button at the foot of the web page, the DB put in the screen basic data about all the considered actions, both in English and Russian. They will be sorted by action names in alphabetic order so the English and Russian names of the actions will not be mixed.

If you search any concrete action or a group of actions with common characteristics it is expedient to compile a request in line with such characteristics.

! ATTENTION! It is important to know when compiling a request:
The Output Sheet will include only the records those contain in each field (a cell in the Output Sheet) i.e. a composition of symbols concurring with this one (including spaces and punctuation marks) that you have filled in the corresponding field of the blank request.
In particular, for this reason the language of the answer is the same that the request one.

For searching the action by its name you can fill in the “Action name” field of the blank request the full name of the action or the part of the full name. If you indicate exactly the full action name, which the DB contains, the data on this action only will be put in the screen. On the other hand the lack of any answer may occur because of casual discrepancy between your request and the DB wording (superfluous space or punctuation mark, variability of geographic names and so on). So we recommend filling in the “Action name” field the constant part of the key word or any other composition of symbols being present in the name of the action for sure. For example, after having filled in this field the natur composition you raise the Output Sheet with the data on actions, which names contain “Natural Reserve”, “Nature Protection” and other. You will easy find the searched action in such a short list even you know its name roughly.

It is unsuitable filling in the “Action name” field solely the words that may occur both in English and Russian names of the actions (for example, IUCN or Latin names of species): if other letter symbols miss in the request, both English and Russian names may appear on the screen.

When searching the action by the year of its beginning, the country, the corridor, or the convention, that the action contributes to, the appropriate position should be selected from the list appearing after having clicked on the small button (with a down arrow) at the left of the corresponding blank field.

When searching the action by the name of a target species and/or a target site you must fill in the appropriate blank field their names or parts of their names. Taking in mind the variability of spelling some geographic names as well as the dynamic development of the biological nomenclature we compiled the lists of target sites and target species mentioned in the DB. You can open them in a new window by pressing “Target species” or, correspondingly, “Target site” buttons beside the blank request. If necessary you can copy the names of the searched species/site from the mentioned lists and so avoid possible mistakes when typing.

You can set up the order of records in the Output Sheet before pressing the “Search” button:

  • by action names in alphabetic order;
  • by the year of the action beginning;
  • by the year of the action achieving;
  • by executor names in alphabetic order;
  • by co-executor names in alphabetic order.

You can indicate one of these options at the foot part of the blank request, after the words “Sort by:” Click the small round field at the left of the option you want.

If you would like to change the order of records in the Output Sheet after the search already had carried out, please, select new sorting option and search again.

After the search ordered (press the “Search” button at the foot of the blank request) the Output Sheet will appear on the screen above the blank request.

! ATTENTION! Sometimes after having ordered a search of additional data you can see a white screen with something in English by small black characters. It may be a result of not complete software compatibility between different computers. Don’t worry, please! Make one step back (press “Back” button – left array in the upper menu of the Internet Explorer) and try again. It helps as a rule!

Each line of the Output Sheet corresponds to one action. You can find along the line the names of actors and co-actors, sources of financing, the years of action beginning and achieving. When clicking the action name now you open the new “Action Sheet” window. It contains the all the collected data on the action including if applicable the lists of target species and target sites, action cost, as well as the codes of the international document requirements, which implementation is improved by the action. If you do not see some of the mentioned data on the screen, so there are no such data in the DB.

You can open the window with data on the target species or the target site by clicking its name. If you click the code of the requirement of the international document you open the window with the information about this document and its requirements.

! ATTENTION! May be you would like to see the data on some an object in the DB (target species, target site, conservation requirement…) at the moment when the data on the object of the same category is already put in the screen in a separate window. For example, the data on the Caucasus Biosphere Reserve are already shown in a separate window, and now you wish to see the data of the Lagodekhi Reserve beside. So click the new object that you are interested in by the right button of the mouse and select “Open in a New Window”. If you click the new object by the left button of the mouse, the data on it would be put in the already existing window with the data on the object of the same category and replace the data on the previously examined object.

You can see the invitation “Add a New Action” below the blank request. If clicking them you open an “Add a New Action” blank sheet in a new window. Please, fill in the blank fields. Red-marked fields should be filled in obligatory. If you are not sure in some data (for example, the year of action beginning or its exact official name), please indicate this in the “Comments” field. It would be better communicating not too exact information than do not mention it! After having filled in the blank, please, press the “Submit” button below the blank. We will receive your information and add the data in the DB. Thank you in advance!

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Wishing for you the successful use of the “Conservation actions in the Caucasus Region” Database!