First National Initiative Group Meeting in Azerbaijan
On February 5th, at the Institute of Geography Academy of Science the first meeting of National Initiative Group of Azerbaijan on Development and Planning of Regional Dialogue and Cooperation took place, bringing together the scientists and practitioners.
Initiative group in Azerbaijan is responsible for Advocacy of the Science-policy Interface Strengthening and Caucasus Regional Agenda (C-RRA) promotion.
During the meeting results of second Caucasus mountain forum were presented together with the C-RRA (http://caucasus-mt.net/regional-research-agenda) approved during CMF as well as background of the C-RRA elaboration. Group members also get familiar with the draft of cooperation tool (Advocacy/Cooperation Road Map) elaborated by Sustainable Caucasus.
The presentations were followed by the discussions on the Advocacy Road Map, its approval and cooperation mechanisms such as: confirmation of willingness for cooperation; Discussions and approval of topics for advocacy and cooperation; Formation of the thematic working groups; Clarification of the cooperation tools and mechanisms in more detail;
National Initiative Group members made their suggestions for enhancing the cooperation and dialogue between academia and practitioner as well as academia and decision makers.
Members of the National Initiative group voted for the first co-chairs the NIG for the following two years: Ramiz Mammadov, Director of Geography Institute Academy of Science of Azerbaijan (ASAR), acting member of ASAR, Shamil Huseynov, member of the Department of Ecology Of the Azerbaijan Republic Parliament and selected following topics (i) Biodiversity and (ii) Natural hazards and risks.
The meeting was held in terms of the Project “Strengthening the Climate Adaptation Capacities in the South Caucasus” with financial support from the Swiss Co-operation Office-South Caucasus funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).