xazar zakatThe Caspian Sea is a closed sea being bordered by countries with intensive agriculture and without or with very limited water treating capacities. This anthropic pressure has a very important impact on the Caspian Sea environmental state.

The main activities of administrations (organisations) in the Caspian Sea Region are related to the ecological functioning of the Caspian Sea and Sustainable Development of lakeshores and mainland regions, linking economic, industrial and social developments with the environment. This implies the biological, chemical and physical functioning of the involved ecosystems. The physical and administrative area, related to the Caspian Sea ecosystem and the sustainable development of the lakeshores and mainlands, including the environmental problems, may vary from a part of this region up to several countries bounded on the Caspian Sea.

The five countries Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Iran share the natural heritage of the Caspian Sea. Despite their political and social diversity, the people of the region share a common concern for the Caspian. However the links between science and policy are presently weak and should be strengthened in order to achieve a more adequate trans-national approach to environmental administration and management. A first step in this direction, is bringing together representatives of many relevant environmental institutions, serving the Scientific community in the field of environmental (data & information) administration and management, within a Scientific Network (Caspscience-net).

Full access to high quality, up-to-date environmental, economic and social (meta)data and information, is essential for supporting the Scientific network. A comprehensive (meta)database and information management system will serve as a repository for relevant, available (meta) data, act as the technically sound basis for rational decision-making, and serve as a source of information and education for specialists, administrators, educators, and the general public. This website, www.caspinfo.net, is the exponent of this approach.