Environmental Performance Reviews: Azerbaijan

Second Review

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This second Environmental Performance Reviews covers the nine issues of importance to Azerbaijan related to policymaking, planning and implementation, the financing of environmental policies and projects, and the integration of environmental concerns into economic sectors, in particular the sustainable management and protection of water resources and the protection of the Caspian Sea, waste management, air management, forestry, biodiversity and protected areas.

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Biodiversity, forestry and protected areas

Since the First Environmental Performance Reviews that took place in 2003, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR) has made a number of improvements as regards forest and biodiversity management and the establishment of protected areas. Azerbaijan, as a party to a number of biodiversity-related conventions (Chapter  4), has also made efforts to comply with their obligations and in this way improve nature management in a country where the exploitation of its natural resources had caused significant loss of biodiversity. There remain, however, some issues to be addressed, particularly in the areas of biodiversity monitoring, policy development and goal-setting, biodiversity and forestry legislation, as well as assessment and evaluation of implementation.

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