On 3 June 2015, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted resolution (prepared by the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment GR-C on 26 May 2015) on the award of the European Diploma for Protected Areas to the Vashlovani Protected Areas (Georgia).
In March 2014 the Georgian Agency of Protected Areas presented the Vashlovani Protected Areas (which include the Vashlovani Strict Nature Reserve, the Vashlovani National Park, the Alazani Riparian Forest Natural Monument, the Takhti-Tepa Natural Monument and the Eagle Canyon Natural Monument) as a candidate for the European Diploma for Protected Areas.
This diploma is awarded for a five-year period to the protected areas for their outstanding scientific, cultural or aesthetic qualities, but they must also be the subject of a suitable conservation scheme.
The award of the European Diploma will serve as a stimulus for further efficient protection, popularization and recognition at the international level of the protected areas of Georgia.
It has to be mentioned, that so far, 73 protected areas of European countries have received the European Diploma.