According to the Prime Minister, granting the World Natural Heritage status to the protected areas will help increase Georgia's awareness, develop ecotourism, share international management experience, and attract visitors. According to him, around the world, only 213 sites have been granted World Natural Heritage status, including the Amazon Forest, Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Mount Etna and the Swiss Alps. As Gharibashvili noted, the status granting is a very important event not only for the country, but also for the region.
The World Natural Heritage status granting was also responded to by President Salome Zurabishvili, who noted that the protected areas are a worthy addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list. As the President stressed, Georgia's unique ecosystem is part of the wealth of the country that should be discovered, preserved and protected.