Hybrid Event
September 01-03, 2022 | Paris, France

Izolda Matchutadze

Speaker for GPMB 2021 - Izolda Matchutadze
Izolda Matchutadze
Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Georgia
Title : Worlds unique habitat diversity of Kolkheti Lowland (West Georgia), threats, conservation and wise use


The landscape of the Kolkheti lowland on the Eastern coast of the Black Sea is characterized by over-saturated habitats: world unique percolation Sphagnum mire, relict forest, freshwater ponds, lakes, rivers, coastal sandy dunes and secondary meadows.  It should be noted that all habitats throughout the Kolkheti National Park are united by a hydrological web  . Throughout history, habitats in the Kolkheti Lowland (West Georgia East Black Sea coast) have been modified and degraded as a result of human activity. This environmental degradation has increased significantly since the start of the 20th century, namely through irrigation activities and the creation of dams over rivers that accompanied urban projects. Local populations and decision makers often possess limited understandings of the importance of habitats and their essential role in ecosystems. The principal anthropogenic factors contributing to the disappearance of natural habitats include: urban development, infrastructure projects, agriculture, invasive species, biological resource use, low public awareness, climate change, ecosystem modification, water pollution, uncontrolled tourism, and the contamination of the sea coastal line by household trash during the warm season.


Izolda Matchutadze studied Biology at the Javakhishvili State University, Tbilisi, Georgia and graduated in 1982.  Then she joined the research group at Batumi Botanical Garden. She received her PhD degree in 2000 at the same institution. After six year she started work at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Institute of Phytopathology and Biodiversity and invited lecturer giving lecture on landscape ecology. She is tenure researcher since from 2018. She is expert global assessor on IUCN Red List. She has published more than 30 research articles in SCI(E) journals.)