Azerbaijan

Leading Beneficiary Institutions:

  • Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR – Web-site)

Environmental management, including monitoring of the quality of atmospheric air, precipitation, soil, surface and ground water, biological resources, biodiversity, forests, radioactive pollution of the environment, as well as issues related to climate change, waste management, assessment and forecast of environmental processes under anthropogenic impact, creation of database on the state of the environment, as well as data flow is performed by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources
MENR is the Designated National Authority (DNA) for participation in the Clean Development. With a view to implementing commitments to the Convention, facilitate coordination and support the State Commission, a Climate Change and Ozone Center was established within the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. Presently, there are 3 divisions dealing with climate change issues at the Center.
Funding for MENR has been on the rise since 2003. The structure of the Ministry consists of the central apparatus and specialized departments. In 2003, the structure of the Central Apparatus was reorganized as the result of the implementation of the Law on Civil Service. As a result of the 2003restructuring of the Civil Service, the Forests Development Department and the Department for Protection of Biological Diversity and Protected Areas were removed from the composition of the apparatus and started functioning as subordinate organizations.
Regional environmental departments were dissolved in consecutive orders in 2004, 2005, and 2006, reducing the number from 20–25 departments to 12–13, primarily as a means of reducing costs. These regional departments are subordinated to MENR and their funding comes out of the State budget, through requests from MENR. They carry out similar functions as MENR with regard to environmental media, but in their own locality.
Other changes in the structure of the Ministry include the establishment in 2004 of the Section on Environmental Promotion within the Central Apparatus of the Ministry. A Microbiology Sector was established in 2006 within the National Monitoring Department and a Microbiological Research Section in 2008.
In addition to MENR, a number of other ministers and agencies in the country perform environmental activity, having departments on environmental protection in their structure and coordinating their activity with MENR.

  • State Water Resources Agency under the, Ministry of Emergency Situations Web-site

State Agency for Water Reserves under the Ministry of Emergency Situations is recently established Agency by Presidential order. At present time the Charter and Manual of the Agency is under preparation.
The Cabinet of Ministers coordinates intergovernmental links between different governmental bodies. In most cases, there are established different commissions consisting of representative of various governmental agencies.
At present time, the information flow between the governmental bodies is regulated by mutual correspondence. There is not a unique information database on environmental monitoring to be used by all interested governmental agencies. Relevant data are collected by different agencies and shared only on request. That information is published in various reports of relevant agencies.

Other Key Beneficiary Institutions/Agencies:

  • National Environmental Monitoring Department under the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources.

A Response Center for the Pollution of the Caspian Sea under the Environmental National Monitoring Department was created by ministerial order in 2008, as was a center under the National Monitoring Department for checking the quality of potable water along the Kura River. Following the Presidential Decree on Tree Planting and Landscape Structure dated 13 June 2008, an Open Joint Stock Company under the Ministry was established to provide services related to tree planting. In November 2008, a Scientific and Technical Council was organized in the Environmental Center of the Ministry for the development of scientific technical information and methodology, with the aim of increasing efficiency and effectiveness in the use of natural resources and of developing environmental standards.

  • National Hydro meteorology Department under the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources www.eco.gov.az
  • Hydro-geological Expedition under the Ministry of Ecology and Natural resources www.eco.gov.az
  • Azerbaijan Amelioration and Water Farm OJSC

National Coordination Committee Meetings

Report: Mini workshop on RBA implementation progress for the Central Kura pilot basin in Azerbaijan
NCC Report
2nd National Coordination Committee Meeting for Azerbaijan 10 December, 2013
2nd National Coordination Committee Meeting for Azerbaijan 10 December, 2013
3rd National Coordination Committee Meeting and Stakeholder Consultation Meeting for Azerbaijan, 02 September, 2014
Minutes
Fourth National Coordination Committee in Azerbaijan, 27 February 2015
Minutes

Monitoring programmes

Groundwater

Guidelines for Groundwater Monitoring in the Pilot River Basins of Caucasus Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia)
Guidelines for Groundwater Monitoring in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia

Surface Water

Surface Waters Monitoring Programme in the Central Kura River basin
Surface Waters Monitoring Programme in the Central Kura River basin

Technical Reports

Rapid Biological Assessment (RBA) based on Analysis of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities
Rapid Biological Assessment