Georgia’s Surami Baiantkhevi Park at risk – Public petition
05 March, 2018
Georgia’s Surami Baiantkhevi Park at risk – Public petition
Baiantkhevi Park, located in townlet Surami, Georgia's Shida Kartli Region, is at risk. According to the petition which has been released recently, the population of Surami needs the society’s help and support.

As the author of the petition, Irakli Grigalashvili reports, the part of Surami forest was sold in winter 2017, without informing the local population. It should be mentioned that the mentioned area, known as Baiantkhevi Park, hosts annual Art Gene Festival, the event which is aimed at preserving
national and folk culture as well as supporting the modern one.
Art Gene Festival at Baiantkhevi Park

The park was constructed artificially. It was constructed by Mikheil Murvanishvili in 1934. The constructor of the park is buried at the edge of the forest.

Now, as it has already become known, the Ministry of Economy is planning to sale remained 5 hectares of the forest area at the auction.

The forest is of a vital importance not only for the local population, but for the whole country as well. Holidaymakers from each region of Georgia often visit the area due to its healing facilities.
The forest is of a vital importance

“I ask all of you to help the population of townlet Surami and force the Ministry of Economy not to sale the forest at the auction and abolish the results of the previous auction, which has already held, so the citizens of Georgia will still be able to visit Baiantkhevi Park for free and benefit by its healing features. The Mentioned forest should not turn into the property of some individuals or investment groups.

Selling the forest at the auction is scheduled on March 12, what means that we have a very little time left.

Please, do not be indifferent and sign the petition, let us help the population of Surami in saving the forest“, reads the petition.
Selling the forest at the auction is scheduled on March 12

Surami is a popular mountain climatic resort and a home to a medieval fortress. Surami is located on the southern slopes of the Likhi Range (alternatively known as the Surami Range) which divides Georgia into its eastern and western parts, 4 km from the town Khashuri, to which Surami is connected through a railway spur. The first human settlement on Surami’s territory dates back to the early Bronze Age.

Surami is adjacent to the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park, notable for its diverse landscapes and abundance of historical monuments. The town itself houses The Mother of God Church complex constructed in the 16th-17th century, the 17th-19th century St. George’s Church and the Kviratskhoveli Church built in 1998.

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