Authors: Vaqif Mammədov, Dr of Sciences in geograpy
Elçin Sultanov, PhD in biolohy
Saleh Aliyev, PhD in biology
Elnur Safarov, PhD in geography
Ecosystem services and hydropower: Eastern Partnership pilot application of European instruments in the river basins of the Eastern Partnership countries. Case of Azerbaijan / Vaqif Mammədov, Elçin Sultanov, Saleh Aliyev, Elnur Safarov. – Azerbaijan Ornithological Society, Baku, 2021. – 47 p. (in Azerbaijani)
Policy paper “Ecosystem services and hydropower: pilot application of European instruments in the river basins of the Eastern Partnership countries. Case of Azerbaijan” is a review of the European experience of mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services, in particular the modern typology of ecosystems and ecosystem services, mapping tools and assessment methods and analysis of conditions for implementing these tools in Kura River basin in Azerbaijan.
The possibilities and identified obstacles in ecosystem approach and assessing ecosystems and their services to determine their value and losses under the influence of hydropower were demonstrated on the example of the pilot basin of the Kura River in Azerbaijan. Recommendations for the introduction of ecosystem approach, mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services in the procedures of strategic environmental assessment and environmental impact assessment were developed in order to take into account the integrated impact of hydropower programs and projects.
The publication was prepared within the project ”Ecosystem services and hydropower: pilot application of European tools in the river basins of the EaP countries” , implemented by the International Association of River Keepers “Eco-TIRAS” (Moldova), the National Ecological Center of Ukraine, “KHAZER” Ecological and Cultural NGO (Armenia), Azerbaijan Ornithological Society and NGO “Ecosphere” (Ukraine).
The project benefits from support through the EaP Civil Society Forum Re-granting Scheme (FSTP) and is funded by the European Union as part of its support to civil society in the region. Within its Re-granting Scheme, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) supports projects of its members that contribute to achieving the mission and objectives of the Forum.
The aim of the project is to strengthen the implementation of the ecosystem approach and ecosystem services concepts in the hydropower development on the national and local levels of EaP countries as a component of European Green Deal – a new growth strategy.
This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the Azerbaijan Ornithological Society and authors of this publication, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.