Project detail

Location within Country:CASPIAN SEA AREA
Name of Client:AGIP KCO
Start date (month/year):10/2010
Completion date (month/year):10/2012
Value of contract(€):3,112,304.51
Total N° of staff-months of the assignment:250
Value of services provided by Consultant(€):3,112,304.51
Date:15 Oct, 2015


Trategic and technical guidelines for the conservation, management, and sustainable use of ecosystem and bio-resources in the transitional north caspian coastline of the kazakh sector, evaluation of natural hazards, environmental assessment, socio-economic impact assessment, and risk and vulnerability analysis.

The North Caspian Coastal Zone Bio &Geodiversity Management Masterplan, is a key tool for Agip KCO decision making process to ensure the best possible strategic management for environmental protection in north Caspian coastal zone, aimed at assessing and reducing the impacts of the oil company operations on the Caspian Sea environment. It defines a set of strategic and technical guidelines for the conservation, management and sustainable use of ecosystem and bio-resources in the transitional North Caspian coastline of the Kazakh sector.

The project has been developed adopting the following internationally recognized approaches:

  1. Ecosystem Based Management (EBM);
  2. Determinant Pressures State Impact Response (DPSIR);
  3. Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) principles;
  4. Geographic Information System (GIS);
  5. Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP);
  6. Satellite Remote Sensing and Interpherometry;
  7. Field surveys and data validation.

After the Phase I for Data Collection & Analysis, the Sectorial studies Phase included a set of detailed studies, covering all the most relevant environmental and social aspects of the area: a Morphological Evolution Study, Evaluation of Geological, Hydrogeological and Morphological settings along with the analysis of natural subsidence through state-of-the-art interpherometric tools; detailed analysis of Human Pressures on the study area, Environmental Quality study focused both on Onshore and Offshore data on air, water, sediment and soil conditions, a comprehensive assessment of biodiversity and landscapes in the area. PHASE III about Vulnerability Assessment included: Multi-hazard analysis of the environmental and socio-economic vulnerability of the study area, Main hazards include: marine inundations, pollution, habitat loss, industrial hazards, Assessment carried out for the present condition and future worst credible scenarios. Final result is the Master Plan, identifying the main sensitivities of the territory and proposing a set of guidelines and recommendations for the future economic development of the area prioritizing conservation of its natural ecosystems.