By Vugar Khalilov
Baku is hosting an international conference to discuss
fluctuations in the level of the Caspian Sea, Azernews reports.
The hybrid international conference on the topic 'Caspian Sea
level fluctuations, forecasting, and adaptation measures in the
face of climate change' has been organized by the Azerbaijani
Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry with the support of the
United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Experts from Caspian countries, representatives of international
organizations, and foreign experts are participating in the
Azerbaijani Ecology and Natural Resources Minister Mukhtar
Babayev addressed the conference participants in a video
In his video address, Azerbaijani Ecology and Natural Resources
Minister Mukhtar Babayev mentioned the current Caspian Sea
problems, Azerbaijan's efforts to this effect, the importance of
national and regional adaptation plans, and regional cooperation
through the 'Framework Convention on the Protection of the
Environment of the Caspian Sea'.
Azerbaijan's Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources is
carrying out a variety of efforts to clean up the Caspian basin,
According to him, the ministry also works and conducts research
on the problem of the Caspian Sea's decreasing water level.
'Regional cooperation is being carried out, in this direction,
with experts of the Caspian Sea littoral states and specialized
institutions,' Babayev underlined.
Issues of strengthening collaboration for defining national and
regional adaptation strategies are being discussed during the
conference, taking into account present and predicted Caspian Sea
level changes, as well as climate and level projections.
Along with the Caspian Sea issues, experts are debating the
findings of the intergovernmental expert group on the climate
change assessment report, which was presented at the 56th session
of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice
(SBSTA) of the Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn (June
Moreover, the participants are exchanging views about the
research conducted on the increase in climate change rates over the
previous decade and the future fluctuations.
On June 29, five Caspian littoral state leaders (Azerbaijan,
Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia) met in Ashgabat to
address the environmental issues related to the Caspian basin, as
well as economic, transportation, and security concerns.
The heads of the coastal governments signed a final statement at
the end of the sixth Caspian Summit, vowing to utilize the region's
resources for peaceful purposes.
The presidents confirmed a number of principles of activities,
that is“the use of the Caspian Sea for peaceful purposes, turning
it into a zone of peace, good neighborliness, friendship, and
cooperation, resolving all issues related to the Caspian Sea by
peaceful means,' reads the final communiqué.
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