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Azerbaijan - Overview

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Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

Azerbaijan can be divided into a number of biogeographical regions, although is dominated by Mediterranean plant communities (50%), boreal plant communities (30%), and Caucasus plant communities (5%). Azerbaijan has forest, grassland and desert, mountain, wetland, coastal and marine ecosystems. There are approximately 4,500-recorded species of higher plants, which represent around 65% of the floral diversity of the Caucasus region, and 11% of the world’s flora... More »

Number and Extent of Protected Areas

To date the area covered by five of the protected areas has been increased by 36,600 ha, and they now cover a total area of 70,700 ha.

National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan

Major features of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

The NBSAP provides strategic direction and measurable targets for the conservation of the country's biodiversity over the next five years. It also contains an outline of the priority activities that should be undertaken in order to achieve these targets. The final NBSAP document will comprise three main sections: 1) Country study that summarizes the current status of Azerbaijan's biodiversity, including uses and threats, and outlines the current state of conservation activities... More »

Implementation of the Convention

Initiatives in Protected Areas

A network of protected areas has been created in Azerbaijan, which are not evenly distributed across the country, although the main landscapes of ecological importance are represented within the protected areas system. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources manages these reserves. In 1988 the government published a plan for the future development of the national protected areas system up to 2010, with a target for covering a total of 954,000 ha... More »

Initiatives in Access and Benefit Sharing

A Presidential Decree established the “State Commission of Genetic Resources on Biodiversity” in December 2002, whose main purpose is to implement measures in line with Azerbaijan’s commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity, in order to prevent the loss of genetic resources of plants, animals and microorganisms... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Hikmat Alizada
CBD Primary NFP
Ms. Solmaz Mammadova
Resource Mobilization FP
Mr. Hikmet Alizade
ICNP ABS NFP, Protected Areas NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Vagif Javadov
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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