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UNDP-GEF Kura II: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin
Component 2 – Strengthening IWRM Professional Capacity
During the development of the Strategic Action Program (SAP), Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and national IWRM plans for Azerbaijan and Georgia, stakeholders consistently identified increasing capacity of water management as a top priority need. Across the region there is a very high level of discipline specific capacity in water management but there is a lack of integrated and interdisciplinary approaches and applications. Meeting this need to integrate approaches is now critical to successful IWRM application. In order to most effectively catalyze the SAP implementation, it is crucial that the countries have strong integrated professional capacities to modernized water resource management in line with national and regional commitments.
In the previous phase of the UNDP-GEF Kura Aras project, a capacity needs assessment on the anticipated opportunities for professional IWRM trained managers was conducted. This study revealed an increasing number of positions for professional water resource managers especially for those with experience in IWRM. Additionally, those who were currently working in the field have stated they feel the need for increased professional development opportunities and training in line with their current and pending responsibilities. In order to most effectively implement SAP at the national and regional level it is critical that trainings on water management are harmonized and professional development opportunities are shared based on common core curriculums. Capacity building efforts in this component to will be closely linked with other outputs and activities based on subject matter and opportunities for cross linkages through professional development.