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UNDP-GEF Kura II: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin
Component 3 – Stress Reduction in Critical Areas
In both Azerbaijan and Georgia there have been significant numbers of regional and national level projects focused on improving water management. The Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) showed that the river ecosystem has been significantly altered by human activities and is increasingly degraded. Previous projects have focused on institutional and process measures to improve monitoring and management. At the national level governments are taking steps to improve conditions through investment in wastewater treatment and improved rational use of water, and coordination with other key stakeholders. The benefits of these efforts are clear. Additional efforts need to be made to demonstrate improvements and stress reduction measures in critical areas to improve ecosystem functions for up-scaling nationally, regionally and internationally.
This component will feature a series of ecosystem stress reduction measures to be tested and replicated for to improve healthy ecosystem functions. In cases where linkages can be built with other ongoing national and regional efforts these will be sought out and further developed to maximize impacts.
It will showcase demonstrations through small scale projects to reduce stressors on water, with the intention to upscale these and attract investments in larger scale solutions to address the challenges of ecosystem degradation for transboundary benefits.