Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend S.Aliyev / An International Olympiad for the environmental protection projects INEPO EUROASIA took place in Baku on 6 April. The event was organized by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Emergency Situations, and Cag Company.
The Olympiad aims to help solve growing ecological problems in Azerbaijan and the world, enlighten the younger generation on environmental protection, develop ecological knowledge among students, and protect natural, cultural and social-esthetic values.
The Olympiad was attended by pupils from seventeen countries around the world, including Azerbaijan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Albania, Nigeria, Romania, Pakistan, Moldova, India, Indonesia, Ukraine and Tajikistan. Out of 203 projects, 50 projects on biology, chemistry, sociology, and physics were selected for the Olympiad. The Azerbaijan teams received awards which were presented by SOCAR.
The event took place by the order of the President of Azerbaijan on ecological education and enlightnment of the population, on improvement of Azerbaijan's ecological situation, and on confirmation of the plan to take measures to improve the ecological situation in the country, designated from 2006-2010. The order also decreed 2007 as the Year of Youths.