Extra-occupational training for lecturers and tutors at the Faculties for Biology and Biological Ecology at Baku State University (BSU)

With its initiative “Sustainable Biodiversity Management in the Southern Caucasus,” the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Society for International Cooperation) aims at a more complete integration of the concepts of sustainable biodiversity use as a means of resource conservation on the local, regional and national level of government, economy and society. The initiative is further intended to aid with the practical implementation of these concepts.


Part of this plan is the development of a national biodiversity monitoring system, under the basic assumption that the country contains a sufficiently large number of potential assessors with a well-founded knowledge of field biology. To date, this is not yet the case in Azerbaijan.


Because of this, the GIZ has already contracted the Michael Succow Foundation with developing a Curriculum for a Masters Program at the newly founded Ecological Faculty at BSU.

This involvement will now continue with a newly designed extra-occupational training program for field biology teachers at BSU that will be implemented as an initial 2-year course.

The courses are designed to teach basic knowledge in the following fields:

  • Identifications and monitoring of wintering water birds,
  • Identifications and monitoring of songbirds,
  • Identifications and monitoring of vascular plants,
  • Identifications and monitoring of butterflies.


Excursions and extended stays at field stations in the Greater Caucasus and on the Caspian coast are designed to further convey the classic landscape-ecological approach to natural resource analysis, which is an intrinsic part of the curriculum.

The project is sponsored by the GIZ.



Project coordination:

Sebastian Schmidt, e-mail: