This year, for the first time, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan will support Caspian Oil and Gas, the 17th International Caspian Oil & Gas Conference Incorporating Refining & Petrochemicals. 2010 has been declared the Year of the Environment in Azerbaijan. In relation to this, one of the conference sessions will be devoted to current environmental issues in the Caspian basin and surrounding areas. The Caspian Oil and Gas exhibition and conference will be supported by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. At a special meeting dedicated to the Year of the Environment in Azerbaijan, President Aliyev said: “2010 will be inscribed in the history of Azerbaijan as a pivotal year in improving the environmental situation”. The organisers hope that the traditional International Caspian Oil & Gas Conference Incorporating Refining & Petrochemicals will contribute to the discussion of current issues related to the environmental situation in the region. Support for the Caspian Oil and Gas project is provided by the Ministry of Industry and Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR). The exhibition and conference are organised by ITE Group PLC (UK), and the co-organiser is the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan.