On 10 December, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan and the EU opened the newly renovated laboratory centre of the National Environmental Monitoring Department in the country’s capital Baku.
The EU, though its “European Union Water Initiative Plus for Eastern Partnership Countries” (EUWI+) project supported the installment of new equipment, which will help detect a much wider range of industrial chemicals and pesticides in water. Many of such elements are carcinogenic, neurotoxic, or bioaccumulative.
Thanks to this technological upgrade and renovation, the laboratory now conducts state-of-the-art water analyses which help to protect water and river basins in Azerbaijan.
With the expansion of the laboratory, more pollutants can now be monitored and subsequently managed with greater precision. This will eventually lower the risk of people and ecosystems suffering from the toxic effects of such pollutants.
During the water laboratory opening, a high-level panel will inform the audience and media representatives on recent developments regarding water policy and integrated water management in Azerbaijan.
“The European Union has the ambition, expressed in the new Commission’s ‘Green Deal’, to become the first sustainably managed continent by 2050,” said Ambassador Kestutis Jankauskas, Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan. “I am happy to see that Azerbaijan is cooperating with us on this path.”
Launched in September 2016 for a duration of four years, the EUWI+ project is one of the biggest policy dialogue and technical support commitments of the EU to the water sector in the Eastern partner countries. The programme supports the six partner countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) to align their legislation with European Union's policy on water management, with a focus on transboundary rivers.
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