UNDP-GEF Kura II: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin

Opening of “Water Park"

23 Apr 2021

Baku, April 23, 2021 - Establishment of “Water Park” is a result of joint cooperation of “Icheri Sheher” State Historical-Architectural Reserve, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan, UNDP-GEF Kura II Project, and Arts Council Azerbaijan.

On the occasion of World Earth Day, the "Water Park" is created. This platform with green area and various art objects in the territory of the Gala Ethnographic Museum Reserve in Baku.

The event was attended by the head of the administration of the State Historical and Architectural Reserve "Icherisheher" Riad Gasimov, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Vugar Kerimov, Director of the Museum Center "Icherisheher", Honored Worker of Culture Amina Melikova, Regional Communications Manager of the "Kura II" project Sona Guliyeva, head of the Arts Council Azerbaijan NGO, artist Dadash Mammadov, as well as representatives of diplomatic missions.

The park has art objects and metal barrels painted by Azerbaijani artists during a workshop within the environmental art project of the Arts Council Azerbaijan NGO. All works of artists are dedicated to the careful attitude to water resources.

The purpose of the Water Park is to raise awareness among people about the importance of water through recreation and art. By covering the topics of water conservation and water efficiency in our daily lives and in various fields - education, art, leisure, etc., we will be able to inform more people and involve them in the army of water savers.

It is interesting that painted metal barrels fulfill both ecological and design functions. So the participants of the event planted the seedlings of the medlar tree in barrels.

It is also significant that near the place where the park was created there are wells of the 18th century.

There is no doubt that the park will become a favorite recreation place for residents and guests of the country, and will also make a significant contribution to informing and educating the public about the problem of water resources.