Lack of harmonised methodologies for undertaking climate change related assessments, including Vulnerability Impact Assessment studies, inspired Azerbaijan to contact the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The technical assistance project to strengthen those capacities was implemented by CTCN Network member the European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano (EURAC Research).
The aim of the technical assistance was to develop an indicator-based climate change assessment for Azerbaijan’s mountain regions to support decision making in adaptation planning. Please see more information here.
The experts selected two regions "Ismayilli" and "Samakhi" for the study as their mountain characteristics have a variety of agro-ecological zones that were assessed on the impact of the four different risks (drought, erosion, forest damage and flood). The experts noted, that future climate conditions are likely to increase drought events, also climate effects on intense precipitation are increasing floods and erosions processes.
As the next steps, it was indicated that there is a need for a scientific basis for adaptation planning, such as the National Adaptation Plan (NAP), also explore collaboration with the international financial mechanisms, such as the Green Climate Fund and Adaptation Fund.