Water resources inventory for the Republic of Azerbaijan

The Republic of Azerbaijan is suffering from a water deficit and is confronted with a growing population, climate change. Another challenge is the country’s intention to further diversify its economy and (re)development of the agriculture sector is very promising and high on the political agenda.

Water resources inventory for the Republic of Azerbaijan - Maaike Maarse

To have a reliable insight and making use of the most modern technologies is for a country like Azerbaijan of extreme importance. Aim of the project is to prepare an assessment of all water resources (surface and groundwater) and water demand and to present an analysis of the development of resources and demand under different scenarios and management strategies.

Growth of the agricultural sector

It is Azebaijans ambition to ensure growth of the agricultural sector without further depleting the countries already scarce water resources. Besides this, it is of vital importance that the Republics new water management strategy should also enable efficient and equal distribution of water to all necessary areas, industries and people.

Countryside Azerbaijan - Maaike Maarse

Countryside Azerbaijan – Maaike Maarse

All the collected information is stored in an Azerbaijan Water Information System (AZERWIS). This AZERWIS is not only a database system but is coupled with various software models which will enable the Azerbaijan government to assess different (future) development strategies and water management policies in order to ensure a strong diverse economy not only based on oil and at the same time prepare for future climate change as well as population and economic growth.