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The reforms carried out in the country under the management of Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Azerbaijan Republic have been resulting in successful outcomes. In this respect, socio-economic development of the regions has to be particularly underlined.

Azerbaijan Rural Investment Project (AzRIP) has significant place among the programs adopted and successfully implemented over recent years. Azerbaijan Rural Investment Project implemented according to long-term Credit Agreement of USD 21,1 million signed between the Government of Azerbaijan and International Development Association on September, 2004 intends to implement about 450 projects in 3 areas covering 21 rayons aimed at improving households’ access to social infrastructure. The project is being implemented by the State Agency on Agricultural Credits under the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan Republic.

Additional Funding for AzRIP is intended by the International Development Association based on the agreement between the Government of Azerbaijan and the World Bank. Realization of this additional funding is planned in 23 new rayons which are not currently covered by existing economic zones of AzRIP.

While there are environmentally sensitive areas (such as National Parks, State Protected Areas) within new economic zones of the project, AzRIP Environmental Management Plan has been developed to improve decision-making in the selection of community projects. At the same time, this plan provides the framework to address environmental considerations of the Community Projects financed under AzRIP.

The coverage and depth of the Environmental Assessment (EA) process required by the World Bank for the Community Projects funded under AzRIP is determined by the specific characteristics of the proposed Community Projects. The EA is an integral part of the process of identifying a potential Community Project proposed by communities, and of designing, appraising, implementing and evaluating it after the implementation.

All who are interested in the developed Environmental Management Plan and wants to get further information about it, can get the document at the Local Executive Committee offices in Shemkir, Samukh, Sheki, Gebele, Ismayilly, Shamakhy and Guba rayons and AzRIP Project Management Unit at 40, U. Hajibayov Str., Government House, Room 801, Baki, Azerbaijan. AzRIP Environmental Management Plan will also be posted on; websites and highlighted on periodical press.

Contacts: (012) 493 66 07; (050) 442 18 88

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