The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan (MENR) carries out works in the framework of a new project Azerbaijan rural environment, the Ministry told Trend.
The structure noted one of the projects basic components is establishment and management of protected areas, which includes legal establishment of the Shahdag National Park with the total area of 113,000 hectares, planting of new forests of 9,000 hectares, enlargement of the Ordubad National Park to 43,000 hectares.
В"MENR respective departments started works on the issues mentioned, the Ministry noted.
6 National Parks have been established in Azerbaijan since 2001 at the result of the works executed by the Ecology Ministry.
Signing of the loan and 2 grant agreements between the government of Azerbaijan and the World Bank on facilitating the new project Azerbaijan- rural environment took place on 17 January at the Ministry of Ecology.
The projects total cost is $17,1 million. Out of them, $8 million is lent by the International Development Association, $5 million by the Global Ecological Fund and $2,72 million is the grant by the Japanese government. Azerbaijans share in the project is $1,38 million. Its basic goal is bio-diversity protection in two mountain areas, natural resources management, ecological health and the areas forests crop capacity growth.