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Environmental Workshop (North zone)

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Another Environmental Workshop held by Second Rural Investment Project was organized in Ismayilli town, North zone on January 16, 2013. Over 70 representatives of about 20 communities collaborating with AzRIP (Lakchiplag, Shakar, Garamaryam, Garagashli, Arabushagi, Pirhasanli, Hushun, Hamzali, Mikhligovag, Rushan, Soltankend etc.), as well as local Ex.Com and Municipality officials attended the workshop. AzRIP-2 Deputy Director and Community Development/Capacity Enhancement Manager Gulbaniz Ganbarova and Program Specialist for North zone Akif Kerimli made opening speeches at the opening session. Speaker mentioned the issues of how to prevent potential negative environmental impacts during the implementation of community projects and importance of increasing knowledge and skills to solve these problems.

Telman Zeynalov, Environmental Consultant of Second Rural Investment Project and Head of National Centre for Environmental Forecasting made an interesting presentation on “Global Climate Change Adaptation Measures”. T. Zeynalov provided information about the natural disasters happened in the world over the last 50 years, their statistics and subsequent economic crisis, after-effect and danger and global environmental problems (climate changes, biodiversity reduction, desertification, ozone layer depletion, land degradation). The ecologist mentioned that world economy suffered USD 160 billion losses due to the happened natural disasters in 2012, that number of natural disasters increased in Azerbaijan last year compared to previous years and government allocated AZN 690 million to overcome the subsequences of these disasters.

T. Zeynalov informed that in order to prevent environmental pollution, it is necessary to increase the volume of energy derived from alternative and renewable energy resources worldwide. There are best practices in this field and use of solar, wind and other clean and renewable energy resources is increasingly expanding in many countries. The presenter stated that sufficient alternative and renewable energy potential of Azerbaijan due to favorable natural condition of the country enables full utilization of it.

The film about the “Global climate changes” was very interesting for participants and followed by round table discussions on community level environmental issues. Community representatives including Jahangir Mammadov (Kocharli community, Tartar rayon), Tarana Khalilova (Garadaghli community, Goranboy rayon), Eyyub Hasanov (Ashaghi Balligaya community), Aygul Taghiyeva, Nasib Jalalov (Amirli community, Barda rayon), Pakiza Mammadova (Alakol community, Tovuz rayon) took an active part in the discussions around the presentation. Questions raised by workshop participants were answered during interactive Questions & Answers session.

Booklets and brochures developed by T. Zeynalov from the series of “Dissemination under Environmental Policy of Second Rural Investment Project” was distributed to the participants which included "Natural disasters happened in the world and their reasons", "Recommendations for communities and individual entrepreneurs in the national level during the adaptation of agriculture to global climate changes", "Types and classification of wastes", "What is solid waste (From waste to return)". The workshop was closed after evaluation session and closing speech of G. Ganbarova.

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