Azerbaijan is a country in the South Caucasus region.Due to the unique climate in Azerbaijan, about 67 percent of the species growing in the whole Caucasus can be found in Azerbaijan. Since the independence of Azerbaijan in 1991, the government has taken drastic measures to preserve the environment of Azerbaijan. But national protection of the environment started to truly improve after 2001 when the state budget increased due to new revenues provided by the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. Within four years, protected areas doubled and now make up eight percent of the country's territory. Since 2001, the government has set up seven large reserves and almost doubled the sector of the budget earmarked for environmental protection.