|Categories||Asia, Birds, Habitats|
|Date||4 Apr 2007|
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Azerbaijan is located along the Eurasian-African Migratory Bird Flyway connecting Central Asia to the Middle East and Africa and used by many threatened birds; among them the White headed Duck (Oxuyra leucocephala).Hajigabul Lake is one of the largest and most important wetlands in the Kura-Araz lowlands in Azerbaijan and is of key importance as wintering site for 15,000 to 25,000 waterbirds every
Caucasus is one of two hotspots in Europe for biodiversity and Azerbaijan is situated on very important flyway and it hosts an important number of globally threatened raptors. During previous years several species of raptors has been studied but it is still not covering the whole territory of the country. Project will focuses on the population of Egyptian Vulture in Lesser Caucasus.
The rivers of Azerbaijan are the preferred spawning grounds for the valuable sturgeon fish of the Caspian Sea, which contains over 90% of the world’s sturgeon population. European sturgeon and Russian sturgeon are the most valuable representatives and only source for black caviar. These species migrate to the downstream part of the Kura River to spawn.
Caspian Sea contains over the 90% of world's sturgeons. The small streams of Azerbaijan are preferred spawning grounds for sturgeons. These species are the only source for black caviar. Water withdrawals, wrong watershed management and pollution make significant changes in sturgeon habitats.
This project is focused on the conservation of Egyptian Vulture in Azerbaijan. Nakhchivan Autonomy Republic and Gobustan regions were selected for the project as the most likely places of key species distribution.
Azerbaijan has its own importance for the raptors as it plays a host role for migrating and breeding raptors including the Globally Threatened -Imperial Eagle many other Birds of Prey. During the year it is possible to observe the big number of raptors but the lack of comprehensive surveys of raptors doesn't let to say the exact scientific data about breeding and wintering numbers of these birds.
The Study Area at Gobustan contains a wealth of historical and archaeological sites and is also known for its rare vegetation. The desert communities in the Gobustan State National Park represent the most ecologically important habitat, from a botanic point of view.
The methodological approach of this Project will include training in the field of identification and census methods and the use of standardized monitoring methods. The Project will include monitoring of threats to rare plants, analysis of the results and education of Local Community.
The Project goal is designing conservation education program taking as consideration rare vegetation distribution for recent years. This Project addresses communities’ recommendation through development of a conservation education program including the implementation of conservation training workshops.