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First lady Mehriban Aliyeva takes part at opening ceremony of Caucasian Biodiversity Summit

07 May 2014 [12:10] - TODAY.AZ
The Caucasian Biodiversity Summit has kicked off at the Heydar Aliyev Center.

The summit is organized by International Dialogue for Environmental Protection, IDEA, in partnership with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Heydar Aliyev Center.

Azerbaijan`s first lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva, head of IDEA, Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the summit.

The event brings together acclaimed international experts, representatives of international organizations, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature, World Wildlife Fund, Smithsonian Institution, Zoological Society of London and the University of Harvard.

Arlo Brady, coordinator of the summit, said the event would provide opportunities for exchanging knowledge and experience in the protection of leopards and other felines.

The summit featured demonstration of a film about the flora and fauna of Azerbaijan, as well as the activities of IDEA.

Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva addressed the summit. She said Azerbaijan was a country of ancient history and rich biodiversity. She emphasized the importance of the summit. Leyla Aliyeva provided an insight into the activities of IDEA, saying the organization has carried out a number of important projects aimed at protecting environment, flora and fauna in Azerbaijan and the entire region.

The summit featured presentation of a project on the protection of the Caucasian leopard and the establishment of a favorable habitat for the animal.



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