Public relations and environmental awareness raising sector
One of the major issues that Azerbaijan Republic faced after getting independence was to involve the public in protection of environment. During the period of former USSR non compliance with the law mismanagement, improper attitude to environment caused our country to face serious ecological problems. In this case formation of a new thought and culture concerning ecology was one of the urgent duties. Inconceivable attitude of people towards the nature did not give a chance to remedy economic crisis and to achieve high development of economy. There was a need in our republic to establish public enlightenment system for the children, the pupils and specialists of economic complex to improve remedies for protection of environment and educational system to provide habits of correct use of environment. Just for elimination of above mentioned problems by initiative of our Great Leader Haydar Aliyev the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Recourses was established on May 23, 2001. Under the relevant decree of our National Leader Haydar Aliyev in 2003 the law of Azerbaijan Republic on “Education and enlightenment of people on ecology” was adopted and duties arising from the provision of this law began to be carried out. From the day of establishment public education and enlightenment on protection of environment is the prior object for the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Recourses.
In the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Recourses Ecological publicity department was established to provide public education and enlightenment on protection of environment. Within the department Public relations and publicity sector was established
to provide participation in publicity policy of the Ministry and to give proposals on education, publicity and agitation concerning protection of environment and nature, provide propagation of enlightenment, ecological education and humanist attitude to nature, to give proposals in making posters and booklets, to provide information exchange with non governmental organizations concerning ecology and natural recourses. The sector ensures enlightenment of the public on ecological matters, proper assistance is provided to Territorial Ecological and Natural Recourses department in ecological publicity issues, regular meetings and press conferences are organized to provide the public with information on activity of the Ministry.