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Political partner:

Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR)

Important stakeholders:
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • International Organisations (UNDP, EU)
  • Universities (Baku State University, ADA University)

Pilot area: Ismayilli District

Main Fields of Activities

Demonstrating sustainable biodiversity management in pilot regions

  • We are advising our political partners in the pilot district of Ismayilli, which encompasses 105 villages, on intersectoral land-use planning.
  • In Ismayilli, we will be supporting up to ten municipalities in piloting innovative erosion control measures over 100 ha.
  • We are helping improve the socioeconomic situation of rural municipalities with a total population of up to 84,000 by identifying income-generating opportunities
    provided by ecotourism (up to 200,000 tourists per annum), the conversion of eroded pasture to hayfields (generating additional income of approx. EUR 170
    per ha per year), and the improved management of fruit plantations.

 Improving frameworks and supporting capacity development

  • We are advising the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources on establishing an information system for the integrated management of biodiversity and ecosystem services, so that policy decisions can be taken on the basis of improved data. Diversity for a better future.
  • We are enabling decision-makers to develop capacities for intersectoral management of biodiversity and ecosystem services. This will involve providing up to 20 training measures and facilitating the integration of corresponding modules at training institutions

Education for sustainable development

  • We are advising the Ministry of Education on reforming and restructuring the environmental education centres, of which there are over 50 across the country.
  • We are advising the Republican Centre of Ecological Education and Experience at Baku on training 35 environmental instructors and on designing environmental educational offerings.
  • We are helping improve university teaching in the environmental sector by supporting Baku State University in delivering a new master’s degree course
    in bio-ecology. This involves designing GIS modules, training teachers and creating opportunities for internships and excursions.

Regional exchange and dialogue

  • In cooperation with the RECC, we are designing a regional platform that will support long-term virtual exchange and dialogue.
  • We are supplying teaching materials for secondary schools via an online platform used by educational institutions in all three countries.

Contact details

Patric Schlager

Team Leader Azerbaijan

Email: info@biodivers-southcaucasus.org