Monitoring and conservation of Globally Threatened species in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan is one of Europe's biodiversity hotspots, especially for many globally and near threatened species of breeding, migrating and resting birds, and it serves as a bottleneck through which many species pass. Research and conservation science in the country has been heavily affected by the collapse of the Soviet Union, and one of the main obstacles to conservation activities is a lack of data and knowledge. The loss of qualified people and lack of young local researchers and conservationists has exacerbated the situation. The methodological approach of this project includes theoretical and practical training on field identification and census methods, and the use of standardized monitoring methods. The collected data will be administered centrally and help lay the foundations for further improved conservation activities in this field.