The First Workshop on the Caucasus Environmental Outlook

On the 30th of June, 2021, the first workshop on the Caucasus Environmental Outlook with the participation of all national experts and project partners has taken place.

The Caucasus Environmental Outlook is part of the project Strengthening Adaptive Capacity in the Caucasus, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which aims to enhance regional cooperative action for the benefit of the Caucasus mountain region. The project is centered around education, networking and knowledge generation. It builds on regional scientific cooperation developed and implemented since 2014 under the umbrella of the Scientific Network for the Caucasus Mountain Region (Its secretary Sustainable Caucasus), which brings together institutions from all six Caucasus countries.

The Caucasus Environmental Outlook, to be published in 2022, will be a state-of-the-art report on the environmental status and trends of the Caucasus mountain region, which encompasses parts of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Russia, and Turkey. It will outline existing and emerging environmental and climate change-related issues and highlight important socio-economic drivers of environmental change in the region.

RID-Arendal is developing the report together with project partners such as GRID-Geneva, UN Environment Program, University of Geneva, and national experts with their specific roles in the process, using new data and advances in the field of spatial mapping. The Caucasus Environmental Outlook will enable policymakers, international organizations, academia, and the broader public to better understand environmental challenges and opportunities as the region works to build a sustainable future. The project will also identify opportunities for transboundary and regional environmental cooperation and aim to foster regional dialogue in a challenging geopolitical climate by mobilizing scientific knowledge in support of sustainable mountain development.