The dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the emergence of new states in Central Asia and the Caucasus created new political and security dynamics in these sub-regions. While the Caucasus was affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the threat of conflict over shared water resources continued to exist in Central Asia.
Gabala, Azerbaijan: A workshop on flood forecasting and early warning system has kicked of today in Gabala city of Azerbaijan where UNDP and GEF are implementing a joint project in close collaboration with the Ministry of Emergency Situations. The workshop brought together local stakeholders, project beneficiaries, national and international experts, community leaders and project staff.
Climate change-related droughts will likely reduce water supply by 23% during the next 3 decades in Azerbaijan.
Funded by GEF, UNDP core funds and the government, the project improves institutional capacity and empowers communities to actively participate in water and flood management.
The pilot project focuses on 3 vulnerable areas where 650.000 people live, and will be replicated across the Greater Caucasus region.
By Sara Rajabova
Azerbaijan's Emergency Situations Ministry and UNDP has discussed the climate change risks into water and flood management in the Greater Caucasus Region.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry held a seminar regarding this issue on May 21.
The 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 Caucasus Region", between the UNDP and the Ministry.