Webinar: Global Presentation of Azerbaijan’s National Ecosystem Assessment

Sunset in the mountains of the village of Gryz.Azerbaijan
  • 12 Apr 24
  • Zoom
  • 11:00-12:30 BST

Co-organised by the National Ecosystem Assessment Initiative at UNEP-WCMC, The Regional Enviornmental Centre for the Caucasus and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

This webinar is open to the general public; researchers, government representatives, policy makers, private sector representatives and anyone with an interest in nature and biodiversity conservation.   

The webinar aims to bring a wide range of stakeholders together to:  

  • Provide an overview of the Azerbaijan National Ecosystem Assessment process, including main findings, policy recommendations and key lessons learned;  
  • Provide a platform to discuss the lessons learned and best practices from Azerbaijan that can be implemented in a national ecosystem assessment process; 

Background:
As part of the global initiative, “Supporting decision-making and building capacity to support the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) through National Ecosystem Assessments”, Azerbaijan embarked on a grand endeavour of national ecosystem assessment, a dedicated effort to develop a comprehensive synthesis of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform the country’s future policymaking, planning and actions. The project began in 2019 and concluded in 2024. Financial support for the National Ecosystem Asessment of Azerbaijan was provided by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection, with technical support from the National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) Initiative at the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). The Azberbaijan National Ecosystem Assessment process was implemented by the Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus (REC Caucasus) in coordination with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan.  

Agenda:

Time Session Moderator/Speaker 
11:00 Welcome and Opening Dr. Thiago Uehara, Head of Policy Innovation, UNEP-WCMC 
11:05Introduction to the Webinar  Ms. Juanita Chaves Senior Programme Officer, UNEP-WCMC  
11:10Keynote speaker   Session Title: Mainstreaming holistic analysis of biodiversity and ecosystem services in national decision-making Mr. Rashad Allahverdiyev, Project Coordinator Azerbaijan NEA, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan  
11:20Overview of the Azerbaijan National Ecosystem Assessment process Mr. Yashar Karimov, Project Manager, Director of RECC Azerbaijan 
11:35Session Title: Opportunities for Knowledge-Sharing and Reflections  Main Findings, Lessons Learned and Best Practices Dr. Rovshan Abbasov, Khazar University, Coordinating Lead Author on Freshwater Ecosystems and Indigenous and  Local Knowledge of Mountain Ecosystems  
12:00Session Title: Opportunities for Knowledge-Sharing and Reflections  Weaving Indigenous and Local Knowledge in the Azerbaijan National Ecosystem Assessment  Dr. Shahnaz Amanova, Author, Research Institute of Crop Husbandry 
12:15Question & Answer session Moderated by UNEP-WCMC 
12:25Closing Ms. Juanita Chaves