Conservation and sustainable use of globally important agro-biodiversity

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From December 13, 2016 to December 31, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  2. 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil

Project ID: 5482

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration


  • Agrobiodiversity


  • Conserved areas
  • Grasslands


  • Productive landscapes/Seascapes
  • Drylands
  • Steppes

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance


  • Food and agricultural commodities
  • Governance
  • Management operation


  • FACS strategies for sustainable supply chain (TP 4)
  • Sustainable agriculture practices and use of resources (TP 2, 7, 8, 9)
  • Crops diversity, nutrition and ABS (TP 1, 10)
  • Transboundary governance
  • Knowledge/Data management

Social inclusion

  • Local community/CSOs
  • Smallholder farmers

Gender equality

  • Women farmers

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Improve resilience

SDG target(s)

  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  • 15.3 Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)

  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Poverty reduction
  • Nature-based solution
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


The project will ensure conservation and sustainable use of threatened local plant genetic resources important to biodiversity, land integrity and food security of Azerbaijan. The project concentrates on the steppe, arid and semi-arid zones in Shaki, Goranboy and Kurdemir rayons. On the one hand these are areas which are most affected by wind and irrigation erosion, on the other hand they are home for wild relatives of crops and local land races. 56% of the income of communities in Shaki, Goychay, and Goranboy rayons comes from cereal, cereal-leguminous and vegetable crop agriculture respectively. Household farms here have best remaining traditional skills in crop and vegetable cultivation and relevant facilities/institutions (seed base, research institutes, NGOs) with high potential to raise the share of local genetic material in the production.


Ensure the conservation and sustainable use of globally threatened crop varieties important for biodiversity, food security and sustainable land management.

USD $4,310,502

Grant amount

USD $41,400,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($4,310,502)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Azerbaijan

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