GIZ has been active in Azerbaijan since 1995 and has an office in Baku. Around 50 GIZ advisors are working in Azerbaijan. The work of GIZ is guided by the South Caucasus Initiative of the German federal government, in three priority areas of cooperation: Environment and natural resource management, sustainable economic development, and good governance.

More information on GIZ activities in Azerbaijan can be found here.

The Integrated Biodiversity Management, South Caucasus (IBiS) programme runs from 2015 to 2019. In Azerbaijan, the programme is guided by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and other partners, supported by GIZ. Areas of intervention include policy dialogue, education and training, awareness raising and pilot projects.

The pilot initiatives take place in the district of Ismayilli, a mountainous area in central Azerbaijan that covers roughly five percent of the country. The area is not only home to a wide variety of wildlife and a broad diversity of landscapes, but also fertile agricultural lands.

sample activities

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRES

There are over 50 environmental education centres in Azerbaijan, whose role is to develop an understanding of the environment. Around 11,000 children and young people are learning to take responsibility for their natural surroundings. The programme is supporting the Ministry of Education in reforming and restructuring these education centres. Resources are being pooled and teaching modules are being made more interesting and interactive. 35 teachers are being trained to become environmental instructors.

These activities are an example of our capacity development measures. They take place on three levels: The individual level (training of trainers), the organisational level (organisational development) and the societal level (supporting the reform process by the Ministry of Education).

Results

  • Development of a new vision for the education centres
  • Strategic cooperation with environmental education institutions in Germany
  • A new building in the old town of Baku will soon provide classrooms and overnight accommodation for over 50 children

 


 

SUSTAINABLE BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT

The programme supports intersectoral land-use planning as well as integrated land-use management. That includes erosion prevention, but also opportunities for locals such as orchard management and beekeeping. These measures take place in the pilot district of Ismayilli, which encompasses 105 villages. Up to eight municipalities will be supported in piloting innovative erosion control measures. The programme attempts to design the measures in a way that they can be up-scaled by Government bodies and other development partners elsewhere in the country.

Results

  • Implementation concept for hazelnut plantations on eroded land in five municipalities
  • Stabilization of eroded hills and construction of check-dams in eroded riverbeds
  • Fencing off eroded areas and re-establishing them as meadows for cattle

 


 

IMPROVING FRAMEWORKS AND SUPPORTING CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

The programme supports the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture in establishing environmental information systems for the integrated management of biodiversity and ecosystem services. This will help decision-makers to develop policy based on reliable data. Those activities are accompanied by capacity building on the use and management of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing data.

 


 

EDUCATION FOR A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

In In addition to the efforts in improving the environmental education centres, IBiS is also helping to improve university teaching in the environmental sector, for instance in collaboration with the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA). Lectures are being trained on the concept of integration of ecosystem services into development planning, and they teach this concept in the framework of the existing curricula of ADA.

 


 

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

In cooperation with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, IBiS is implementing a public awareness campaign on ecosystem services.

 


 

PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS

  • Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • ADA University
  • District administration of Ismayilli
  • Municipalities of Ismayilli

 


 

OFFICES IN AZERBAIJAN

OFFICE in BAKU

75, Rasul Rza Street

1014 Nasimi District, Baku, Azerbaijan

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BRANCH-OFFICE in ISMAYILLI

22 Nəriman Nərimanov / First Floor

3100 İsmayıllı, Azerbaijan

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