SABUKO’s statement regarding the draft “Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence”

We believe that the draft “Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence” initiated by the authorities of Georgia – a “Russian law” – contravenes the Constitution of Georgia and excludes Georgia’s integration into Euro-Atlantic structures. Should this draft law be adopted, any activity by SABUKO – whether related to biodiversity conservation, environmental policy, or education – will be considered as carrying out foreign influence.

As a result of the above, the Society for nature conservation – SABUKO has joined the media and civil society organizations in their statement and stopped collaborating with the government until the Russian law is rejected. We have said no:

We have said no to:

a) Participating in meetings with government representatives;

b) Working in task forces and advisory councils;

c) Coordinating with the government in international or other work formats.

This does not mean that we are refusing our everyday activities, which include biodiversity research, developing conservation activities, and restoring landscapes (environment) in protected areas and beyond, advocating for environmental protection, and educational activities. We work solely for the people. Forests, rivers, and protected areas belong to the people, and as long as we have the opportunity, we will continue to work and fight for the protection and preservation of these values.

The fact that we are halting our participation in meetings with government representatives, and our involvement in task forces and advisory councils should not be interpreted as a lack of interest in their activities. We will persist in monitoring environmental crimes and combating poaching in protected areas. We remain committed to researching species and habitats, continuously making recommendations for their improved conditions and sustainable use of natural resources. Additionally, we will keep preparing comments and proposals for strategic documents or new legislative initiatives. Importantly, we will not cease to protect the interests of the local population and to strengthen their capabilities.

Every one of our projects faces risks that could significantly impact on our activities. These risks include regional and national-level political changes, among them shifts in political priorities. While these cannot always be anticipated, we are prepared to adjust our planned actions accordingly. This ensures that we do not compromise SABUKO’s goals and mission and that we successfully complete the projects we have initiated. We are ready to support those who are currently on the wrong side of history and stand by them in the future.

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SABUKO’s statement regarding the draft “Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence”

We believe that the draft “Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence” initiated by the authorities of Georgia – a “Russian law” – contravenes the Constitution of Georgia and excludes Georgia’s integration into Euro-Atlantic structures. Should this draft law be adopted, any activity by SABUKO – whether related to biodiversity conservation, environmental policy, or education – will be considered as carrying out foreign influence.

As a result of the above, the Society for nature conservation – SABUKO has joined the media and civil society organizations in their statement and stopped collaborating with the government until the Russian law is rejected. We have said no:

We have said no to:

a) Participating in meetings with government representatives;

b) Working in task forces and advisory councils;

c) Coordinating with the government in international or other work formats.

This does not mean that we are refusing our everyday activities, which include biodiversity research, developing conservation activities, and restoring landscapes (environment) in protected areas and beyond, advocating for environmental protection, and educational activities. We work solely for the people. Forests, rivers, and protected areas belong to the people, and as long as we have the opportunity, we will continue to work and fight for the protection and preservation of these values.

The fact that we are halting our participation in meetings with government representatives, and our involvement in task forces and advisory councils should not be interpreted as a lack of interest in their activities. We will persist in monitoring environmental crimes and combating poaching in protected areas. We remain committed to researching species and habitats, continuously making recommendations for their improved conditions and sustainable use of natural resources. Additionally, we will keep preparing comments and proposals for strategic documents or new legislative initiatives. Importantly, we will not cease to protect the interests of the local population and to strengthen their capabilities.

Every one of our projects faces risks that could significantly impact on our activities. These risks include regional and national-level political changes, among them shifts in political priorities. While these cannot always be anticipated, we are prepared to adjust our planned actions accordingly. This ensures that we do not compromise SABUKO’s goals and mission and that we successfully complete the projects we have initiated. We are ready to support those who are currently on the wrong side of history and stand by them in the future.

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