Sustainable Development

  • Mobilizing Youth for Action in Preparation for Rio+20

    The project aims to mobilize Azerbaijani youth for environmental action and increase awareness of decision-makers on the issues in focus of the Rio+20 Summit in 2012.

  • Third National Communication on Climate Change

    The project supports the Government of Azerbaijan in preparation of its third national report under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The report will contain an update on greenhouse gas inventory in the country, assessment of the country's vulnerability to climate change and an account of ongoing and planned adaptation and mitigation measures to minimize the impact of climate change.

  • Teaching Human Development Course

    This project introduces a human development course in the universities of Azerbaijan. It seeks to broaden perspective of young people on developmental issues.

  • Clima East Pilot Project "Ecosystem-based approaches to climate change"

    The project will be funded by the European Union and UNDP. Clima East is a 4 year project funded by the EU supporting ENP East countries and Russia to equip for greenhouse gas emission reduction and prepare them to cope to climate change impacts.

  • “Sustainable Land and Forest Management in the Greater Caucasus landscape” GEF Project

    The goal of the project is the sustainable land and forest management in the Greater Caucasus Landscape. It secures the flow of multiple ecosystem services, including carbon storage and sequestration, while ensuring ecosystem resilience to climate change. It also aims to convert unsustainable practices into sustainable land and forest management practice.

  • Promoting Development of Renewable Energy

    The project aims to promote the development of sustainable energy sources in Azerbaijan. The project helps the newly created State Company on Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources to overcome barriers to development of sustainable energy by improving legislation, strengthening economic viability and building staff capacity.

  • Improving Solid Waste Management

    The goal of the project was to enhance the management of the municipal solid wastes in the country. The project helps to revise legislation, define waste generation capacity, create a data-bank on solid wastes, and launch a small-scale pilot project on wastes recycling.

  • Support to UN Global Compact Local Network

    The project aims to increase the social responsibility of business community in Azerbaijan by institutionalizing the local network of Global Compact in Azerbaijan, expanding its membership and organizing information-dissemination campaigns on the UN Global Compact.

  • Promoting Employment and Innovation

    In partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection and SYSLAB, a Norwegian NGO, the project has helped to establish Baku Training Center for the unemployed. It has introduced an innovative employment scheme which increases people's employability and supports them in proactive job search.

  • Improving Management of Marine Ecosystems

    The goal of this one-year initiative is to prepare, a full-fledged project on improving the management of protected areas represented by marine ecosystems in Azerbaijan. The project will particularly focus on enhancing the management of the globally important Ghizilagaj nature reserve located on the Caspian coast.

  • Promoting Development of Tourism Sector

    Project goal is to strengthen the capacities of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to foster development of the tourism sector.

  • National Biodiversity Planning to Support the implementation of CBD Strategic Plan

    This project is part of the second generation of Biodiversity Enabling Activities (BD EA) under the GEF. Azerbaijan has been Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since 08/03/2000. Azerbaijan had prepared already its 4th National Report on Biodiversity and the 1st National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). On the 10th meeting of Member States conducted on October 18-29 2010 in Aichi District of Nagoya city of Japan the updated Strategic Plan, including Aichi Targets on Biodiversity for the years 2011-2020 have been adopted.

  • Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions

    Azerbaijan is a fast developing, oil and gas oriented economy. According to 2nd National Communication to UNFCCC, Azerbaijan’s annual GHG emissions were 50.6 mln tCO2e/year in 2005 with the energy sector (i.e. combustion of oil&gas) accounting for the largest share of domestic emissions, more than 50% or 31.3 mln tCO2. National annual consumption of oil and gas is now at about 5.2 mln toe, with the residential and transport sectors together accounting for over 90% of end-use.

  • Demographic Study

    This study aims to analyze the demographic trends in Azerbaijan, their impact on economic and social development and advise the decision-makers on how to maximize the benefits of the demographic situation and address existing and potential challenges.