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UNDP-GEF Kura II: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin
Component 1 – Improved IWRM Protocols
Stakeholders highlighted the lack of coordination between sectors for water governance as significant challenges throughout the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA), the National IWRM Plans, and Strategic Action Program (SAP) development. These challenges include lack of coordination and notification between sectors, lack of information sharing, lack of harmonized planning at the sector level, and lack of mechanisms to support collaboration at the national and regional levels. The root causes of lack of effective planning for water resources lack of ability to prioritize water resources management, and low levels of harmonization of sectoral plans and approaches have limited improvements in water management across the basin. Both countries are eager to improve this.
Both Azerbaijan and Georgia are working to align their water management practices and protocols with those of the EU WFD. The Kura II Project is dedicated to supporting this alignment with the EU WFD and international best practices for transboundary water management. Addressing these and other root causes will become critical to overcome the institutional hurdles which serve as barriers to modernizing water management practices at the national and regional levels. It is now widely recognized and accepted that, there is a need to review, clarify, expand and/or harmonize institutional and organizational mandates, and associated policies and legal frameworks.
This component will strengthen the framework for the implementation of IWRM, by supporting the harmonization of legal, institutional and regulatory protocols within and between countries for more effective governance of the shared river system and its water resources for strengthened water/food/energy/environmental security in line with pending bilateral agreement under negotiation on Cooperation in the Field of Protection and Sustainable Use of the Water Resources of the Kura River Basin.