UNDP-GEF Kura II: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin

Kura II PCU team is having meetings with stakeholders in Tbilisi and Baku

12 May 2017

The UNDP GEF Kura II PCU had conducted fruitful meetings with the representatives of stakeholders from water sector in Azerbaijan and Georgia within the recent 2 weeks. Project Chief Technical Advisor Dr. Mary Matthews and Senior Capacity Building Expert Mr. Ahmed Abou Elseoud together with the staff of Tbilisi office of Kura II had series of meetings in Tbilisi during the dates of May 2 to May 5 meeting with wide range of experts, senior advisors and high level decision makers including deputy minister.

The representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Ministry of Energy, National Environment Agency, state companies on water supply, irrigation and energy, as well as staff of international organizations implementing water related projects in Georgia. 

After fruitful week in Georgia the PCU continued series of meetings with stakeholders in Azerbaijan starting from May 8. The Senior Capacity Building Expert and project National Coordinator for Azerbaijan had meetings in leading departments of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan responsible for water resources. There had also been conducted useful meetings with the representatives of the World Bank, European Union country offices and State Water Resources Agency of the Ministry of Emergency Situations on May 10 discussing the completed and ongoing projects implemented in water sector by these institutions.  

Representatives of stakeholders expressed that they are very glad to witness implementation of such an important project by UNDP – GEF which will benefit two countries and serve as a firm ground in strengthening water diplomacy between Georgia and Azerbaijan contributing to joint management of water resources of transboundary river Kura in line with the interests of both countries.