Azerbaijan has invested much effort in the past 15 years in improving water supply to urban residents on the coast, as well as to rural populations. For example, it has embarked on an important wastewater treatment programme. Still, some water quality and environmental issues have yet to be addressed. The water management and regulation framework is considered underfunded and fragmented. Water allocation aspects are a top priority of the water management authorities in Azerbaijan. In the country, water availability maybe reduced by 15% due to the impacts of climate change. In 2021 and 2022, severe droughts impacted the country. Therefore, adaptation to climate change is critical.
Faiq Mutallimov, Head of Env. Policy Div., Ministry for Ecology and Natural Resources