Project aims at modernizing the water and flood management systems and reducing the impact of climate-induced flooding and water stress in Azerbaijan, particularly in the mountainous communities of the Greater Caucasus.
A seminar on Water and Flood Management was held
On 21 May 2014, at “Qafqaz Baku City” (Shamdan Conference Room) Hotel a seminar was held in the framework of a joint project on “Integrating Climate Change Risks into Water and Flood Management by Vulnerable Mountainous Communities in the Greater Caucausus Region”, between the United Nations development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The 2013 Activities Report was presented and future events and plans were discussed during the meeting. A visit conducted by international experts under the project and their activities were presented to the participiants and a future action plan was discussed.
Welcoming participants, Mr. Mezahir Efendiyev, UNDP Programme Manager mentioned the successful implementation of the project’s goals and future planned achievements. Highlighting the importance of such projects, Mr. Tapdig Amiraslanov, Deputy Minister of Emergy Situations, expressed his Ministry’s interest in cooperation with UNDP. In this turn, Nato Alhazishvili, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, said that the organization would always support such efforts in this field.
Following the welcome speeches, Mr. Farid Abbasov, Senior National Adviser, informed the participants on activities done under the project and future plans. Mr. David Milton, Senior Technical Advisor, gave a detailed presentation on the Project’s Strategic Development. The meeting was led by discussions following the presentations given by national and international experts.
The representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situtaions, UNDP, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Agriculture, State Agency of Water Resources under MES, AzerSu OJSC, Azerbaijan Melioration and Water Management OJSC and the State Committee of Land and Cartography and Media attended the Seminar.
The object of the project, implemented since 2012, is to reduce the vulnerability of mountanous communities of Azerbaijan towards water scarcity and flood threats by imroving water and flood managment. The project is also designed to improve the management at a legislative and policy level, to enhance the institutional capacity and to hold trainings for active particpation of communities in water and flood management.
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