The RERAM project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the grant agreement no. 609573.





Azerbaijan is situated in the Caucasus region, bordering the Caspian Sea, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran. The country has a territory of 86,600 km² and a population of 9.4 million. The capital Baku, located at the Caspian Sea, has a population of 2.1 million.


Forests cover 936,000 ha or a bit less than 11% of the land area. All forests are owned by the State and designated completely to protective functions (92% protection of the environment, 8% conservation of biodiversity), hence industrial cutting is completely forbidden. Post-soviet economic transition, military conflict and nomadic cattle breeding are major impediments to install effecitve forest management.



Azerbaijan earth map (Source: Google - click to enlarge)


Nonetheless, national forest restoration programmes are today implemented on a large land area to increase forest cover. More than 450 tree and shrub species grow in the highly diverse Azerbaijani hardwoods forests. The value of forests for the development of local and international tourism is a important factor for their protection. However, effective measures to counter illegal logging, commercial tree felling and woodfuel use in rural areas require stronger enforcement.


RERAM will disseminate findings from project activities to and engage in mutual exchange with key stakeholders in the forest-based sector of Azerbaijan.


RERAM partner:

RECC - Regional Environmental Centre for the Caucasus