AZERBAIJANI PASTORAL: Restoring and protecting Azerbaijan’s farmlands

Publication date: 2016

With EU funding and UNDP support, the Clima East Pilot Project in Azerbaijan, “Ecosystem-based approach to climate change”, is working to establish sustainable pasture management practices, improve the fertility of pastures and forests, and prevent soil erosion and landslides. With the primary occupation in the Shamakhi and Ismayilli regions being sheep and cattle breeding, these were selected as the pilot areas because ecosystem-based adaptation is both economically and ecologically vital. The project is designed to support the rural communities in the pilot areas with improved fertility in pastures and forests - preventing erosion and landslides. Project activities are also working to mobilize environmental financing and support the Republic of Azerbaijan’s global climate change efforts. Specifically, their goal is to achieve a 35% reduction from their level of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Sustainable forest-grassland management will contribute to the increase of carbon reserves - improved soil condition and land management practices will lead to enhanced CO2 sequestration and absorption by the grasslands. To achieve these objectives, the project works in three key areas: conducting inventory of the pasture areas to obtain a clear picture on soil/vegetation/carbon conditions; preparation and application of sustainable land management models across 3,000ha of selected pasture land; design and application of a carbon flow monitoring mechanism to assess changes in carbon sequestration/absorption and avoided CO2 emissions over time.This document summarises the e-publication.

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EU project
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Country report
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