Azerbaijan: forests, people, and FLEG II in action
Category: Man & Forest
Gakh, Azerbaijan. Tourists visit the area primarily during the summertime, which boosts the economic development in the district. But during the winter there is a sharp decrease in the tourist flow, which impacts significantly the well-being of the locals. FLEG believes that more efforts are needed to ensure the tourism development in a permanent and steady manner. According to a FLEG II expert, the rapid and sometimes unregulated tourism development results in forest fire threats and misbalance of environmental ecosystem.
Flooding in Masalli Forest, Azerbaijan.
Shamakhi, Azerbaijan. The Shamakhi region is located in the central-northern part of Azerbaijan and is distinguished by ample forest resources.
Young foresters in the Ilisu Forest, Azerbaijan.
Nursery in Lankaran, Azerbaijan.
Territory of the Zagatala State Reserve, Azerbaijan. Far from the extremely modern profile of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, with its tall and cutting-edge architecture, there is a totally different landscape to explore. In these sparsely populated areas, the economy of small villages heavily depends on forest resources. In order to learn more about the close relationship between the inhabitants of rural communities and the woodlands, the FLEG team conducted field research in selected locations. (Photo Leyla Mehtiyeva)
Ilisu state reserve. This is a shot from a short video by FLEG aimed at raising awareness about the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem of Azerbaijan forests https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=141&v=JC8YjLoI5XY
Kurekchay river, Azerbaijan. The mountain forests of Azerbaijan consist of a broad range of tree species. Oriental beech (Fagus orientalis), Georgian oak (Quercus iberica), Chestnut oak (Quercus castaneifolia) and hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) are the main trees that comprise mountain forests. A shot from FLEG video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=141&v=JC8YjLoI5XY)
The young foresters from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine came together at FLEG II first regional youth camp in Gakh, Azerbaijan on August 2-6, 2015. Danil Tolstykh, Russia, 10th grade, participant of FLEG II first regional youth camp (in the front): "We want to say a huge thank you to Azerbaijan and FLEG II Program! Thank you for the opportunity to wake among the mountains and forests, thank you for your hospitality! We have unforgettable memories and were absolutely impressed with the content and implementation of the summer camp!"
Ayla Aliyeva, 11th grade, listening to one of the lectures at FLEG II first regional youth camp. Ayla is from Gakh, Azerbaijan, the region where the camp took place. Surrounded by waterfalls and lakes it is famous for its spa waters and little ancient villages located high in the mountains.
Public engagement is vital for achieving FLEG II goals: supporting good forest governance, sustainable forest management and forest protection. The senior consultant was hired by WWF Azerbaijan to prepare Sustainable Forest Management plan for Ismailly Forest Unit. Consultant developed a questionnaire that covered main services of Ismailly forests area. Public opinion pall aims to get detailed information about locals’ needs and their dependency on the forest products and services.
Deforestation, like in this area of Azerbaijan, is contributing to climate change. A new FLEG II study shows how climate change is impacting Azerbaijan’s remaining forests and forest communities and how ready the country is to prepare for it.
While ancient culture still thrives in Lahij, Azerbaijan, the forests around the village have been degraded and the effects of climate change are becoming more evident. FLEG II is assessing these impacts and how ready the village is to adapt to the changing climate.
Since 2012, the young foresters’ groups have been operating in the secondary schools of Azerbaijan with support from FLEG II. They actively participate in forest restoration, forest protection activities and strengthening public awareness within the local population
This photograph taken in Sovetsky historical quarter, Yasamal district, Baku, Azerbaijan, was submitted by Farid Aghalarov for FLEG II Photo Campaign.
This photograph was submitted by Aytən Hüseynova for FLEG II Photo Campaign. Location: Valley between Bazar Yurt and Tufan mountains, Azerbaijan
This photograph was submitted by Mushfig Mammadov for FLEG II Photo Campaign. Location: Sheki, Azerbaijan
FLEG II organized a workshop for journalists in Ismailli, Azerbaijan, where participants discussed the critical role of media in the conservation of forests.
Journalists that participated in a FLEG II workshop visited the nursery and the reforested territory of 300 ha of Ismailli Forest Department and got acquainted with forest management activities first-hand.
The use of GPS is one of the most efficient methods for documenting information about forests and facilities affected by wildfires, floods, earthquakes, and other incidents. FLEG organized a training for forest management staff of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources. During the training they gained knowledge on Q-GIS interface and basic functions, how to work with attributive tables, basic skills of work with satellite images, basic processing of SI in Q-GIS as well as knowledge on GPS: basic features, possibilities, loading custom maps, adjustment and calibration of GPS receiver, recording tracks and points, processing of data from GPS in Q-GIS, creating of maps in Q-GIS – map layout, etc.