Ariha on the move project is a corporate non-profit/non-go project initiated and conducted by the citizens of Ariha, Georgia. It was initiated in 2014 when we found that plants and animals in the national park show an unusal degree of migration which we think is a reaction to climate zone shift. As a the vegetation of national park is slowly shifting north we decided to move as well and to relocate our village to a place where it would not come into the way of the national park. Through this webpage we are trying to collect and create ideas on future scenarios, methods of development and hope to find supporters and contributors. Everyone is invited to think with us, find solutions, contribute ideas and comments. Please share and spread the word.
Ariha is a small village on the northern edge of Borjomi - Kharagauli National Park, Georgia. Being abandoned for a long time Ariha came to life again in 2011, when people to research at the National Park settled at a site which was priorly a small seasonal settlement. With 43 inhabitants at peak times it served as summer camp for hunting and lumbering and as recreational refuge during soviet times. A part of Kharagauli district it only reached village status recently but seasonal settlement in Ariha reaches back 300 years. With the founding of the National Park research and tourism has come to Ariha, with it's current population at 142 people.
Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is located in central part of Georgia and creates eastern part of lesser Caucasus Mountains. The total area amounts to 85,083 ha, which is more than 1% of the territory of Georgia. Borjomi-Kharagauli Protected Areas includes 6 districts - Borjomi, Kharaguli, Akhaltsikhe, Adigeni, Xashuri and Baghdadi. The park administration manages 4 various types of protected areas – Borjomi Nature Reserve, Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, Nedzvi Managed Reserve and Goderdzi fossil forest Natural Monument. It's huge variety of endemic leafless orchidaceae, insects and birds has been widely reported.
Our base for decision making is the research we conduct through monitoring the events around our village and the research into new places and forms of settlement. Our endeavours are made possible through networking, funding and idea contributions through our platform.
Ariha on the move project is initiated and conducted by the citizens of Ariha and associates. Decisions are made collectively. Arihaonthemove.org is run by volunteers.
Entomologist & Writer;
Supervisor Research Groups for Ariha on the move project;
Chief Editor of Arihaonthemove.org
Research fellow at the Institute for Bacteriology, Mycology & Hygiene, University of Kolmanskop;
Treasurer for Ariha on the move project
Editor for Arihaonthemove.org
Specialist in Green Building and Sustainable Development
Head of Sustainabilty at Julius Berger International
Lecturer at University of Apllied Sciences, Darmstadt, Germany