Givishvili, Shalva: born 1953 in Georgia; historian, author of about 20 scientific works in the field of Historical Geography and Ethnography of Caucasus; author of conceptual works on the issues of the development of ecological-community movement in Caucasus and those of tourism in Georgia. Studying at Telavi State Pedagogic Institute; Specialty of History; participant of Ethnographic and Historical-Geographic Expeditions of Georgian Science Academy; 1980-1989: Founder and Head of the Cultural-Tourist Complex of Shuamta (museum, ethnographic works, riding-tourist camping, bio-economy). 1999: Mega-project "Visit Caucasus", author; The Project "Information Provision of the Tourist Area of the Silk Road", "Database and Web-Site of Georgian Tourist Potentiality" - Author and Director of the Project; (www.new-silkroad.com, present Web-Site: www.discovergeorgia.org, www.visitcaucasus.com); 2001: Establishing a Coalition Organization "Caucasus Tourist Information System", Chairman of the Board of Directors; Coalition Project "Caucasus Tourist Information System", Programme for Regional Collaboration in the South Caucasus; Project Author and Director; Establishing a Coalition NGO "Caucasian Ecological-Community Movement Centre", Launching a corporate Web-Site www.eco-commune.org; 2002: Session of the Board of Directors of "The Centre of Ecological-community Movement in the South Caucasus" in Ujarma, elaborating a project proposal "Eco-community in Ujarma’; Organizing an International Conference "Information Technologies in Tourism"; Launching Georgian Tourist Portal in the Internet www.discovergeorgia.org; Expedition to Lakbe Ravine, elaborating the concept "Eco-Community of Lakbe"; Expedition to the North-West Province of Azerbaijani Republic; Seminar "Vazha-Pshavela, as a Founder of Ecological Awareness and Morale in Caucasus".
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