Kolkheti national park 1National Park is located in western Georgia. It covers the eastern zone of the Black Sea coast and the basin of the Paliastomi Lake. The Park is established with the purpose of protection and surviving of wetland ecosystems. The Kolkheti lowland became the subject of international interest firstly in 1996, when the Georgia joined the Ramsar Convention on “Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat”. Since 2000 the Kolkheti national park began full-scale functioning.

The park is not a monolith formation and it is consisted of separate territories – the districts. The Park is divided into the following natural geographical districts: Anaklia-Churia (between the coastline sections of ravines of the Churia River and the Khobistskali River), Nabada (between the western sections of the ravines of the Khobistskali River and the Rioni River) and Imnati (between the western sections of the ravines of the Rioni River and the Supsa River). These are the places where the ecosystems of wetlands are best preserved. Besides, the national park includes the sea water area located between the estuaries of the rivers of Rioni and Churia.

The real beauty of the Kolkheti national park is the Paliastomi Lake that was the gulf of the Black Sea several thousand years ago. The sand dunes displaced along the coast by the sea waves over the centuries isolated the lagoon from the saline water of the sea, and the pure water flowing into the lake from the Pichora River made the water fresh and created the ideal vital environment for many species of fish in the 3 m deep natural reservoir abundant in water invertebrates and plankton.