Water Resources Management

Many of the communities of the Greater Caucasus region of Azerbaijan, especially the mountain communities, are at risk from climate induced flooding and water stress. The people have become resilient to the difficult conditions of the region, but now climate change is exacerbating both problems. Reducing the vulnerability of these communities requires proactive adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The current legislative and policy framework for water management is not sufficiently flexible to address climate change or to modernize water and flood management. This project aims to reduce vulnerability of the mountain communities of the Greater Caucasus region of Azerbaijan to climate change induced water stress and flood hazards by improved water and flood management. This will be accomplished through addressing the management framework at the legislative and policy level, strengthening institutional capacity by introducing new non-structural methods and providing training, and empowering communities to actively participate in water and flood management

“Integrating Climate Change Risks into Water and Flood Management by Vulnerable Mountainous Communities in the Greater Caucasus Region” project aims at modernizing the water and flood management and reducing the impact of climate induced flooding and water stress in Azerbaijan, Greater Caucasus mountainous communities.

The proposed project area encompasses the southern side of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, extending from the northwest of this region, in the area of the towns of Belakan and Zagatala, toward the southeast near the towns of Ismayilli and Gabala. This covers an area of just over 22,000 km2. The whole area is part of the larger Kura River Basin, which is one of the two main rivers of Azerbaijan.

The project aims to achieve following results.

  • Outcome 1: Water and flood management framework is modified to respond to adaptation needs and improve climate risk management.

  • Outcome 2: Key institutions have capacities, technical skills, tools and methods to apply advanced climate risk management practices for water stress and flood mitigation.

  • Outcome 3: Community resilience to floods and water stress improved by introducing locally tailored climate risk management practices.



    • Project Staff

    • Ragif Muradov

    • Project Director, Chief of State Water Resources Agency under Ministry of Emergency Situations

    • Mezahir Efendiyev

    • Project Manager, UNDP

    • Sona Guliyeva

    • Project Assistant, UNDP

    • Farid Abbasov

    • Lead National Adviser



         International Experts

    • David Keith Milton

    • Chief Technical Adviser (May 2014- December 2014)

    • David Sargent

    • Lead Hydrologist (April 2014- December 2014)

    • Georg Petersen

    • Water Resources Engineer/IWRM Expert

    • Hans Ewoldsen

    • Lead Geologist/Geotechnical Engineer and Early Warning Expert/Lead Modeller

    • Juan Fernandez Saiz

    • Lead Flood Forecasting and Early Warning Expert

    • Margaretta Ayoung

    • Chief Technical Adviser (May 2013- April 2014)

    • Wei Ye

    • Lead Hydrologist (October 2013- December 2013)



         National Experts

    • Elman Alaskarov

    • GIS/ Data Management Expert

    • Emil Sultanov

    • Hydrometry Expert

    • Fuad Karimov

    • Soil Conservation/Land-use/Agric Specialist

    • Matanat Musayeva

    • National Hydrologist

    • Nadir Guluzadeh

    • Lead Socio-Economist

    • Rovshan Abbasov

    • Lead Institutional/ Gender/Stakeholders Engagement Specialist

    • Rustam Huseynov

    • Hydro-geologist

    • Samir Abbasov

    • Hydraulic Modeller

    • Tunzale Huseynova

    • Lead Legal/Policy Specialist

    • Yefim Shahaliyev

    • Geologist



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