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UNDP-GEF Kura II: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin
Component 4 – Targeted Education & Stakeholder Engagement
Integrated water resource management requires educated stakeholders who are empowered at the local, national and regional level to support agreed basin wide activities. In the SAP Azerbaijan and Georgia articulated the need to empower stakeholders in order to increase benefits and ownership of improved water resources management. In the previous
phase of the UNDP-GEF Kura Aras project stakeholder involvement focused extensively on the development of a common IWRM Masters curriculum for major universities in the basin. Baku State University has approved the curriculum and will begin recruiting students for classes starting autumn 2016. Tbilisi State University is close to finalizing all approvals, it is anticipated that courses will start within the scope of the upcoming project. This component will build upon that and other efforts to involve stakeholders in water resource management in line with the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). The targeted education and stakeholder involvement efforts are designed to support and benefit SAP implementation.
It will empower stakeholder to play an active and innovative role in IWRM implementation from a wide range of perspectives. By building awareness of the challenges, and turning to stakeholders for possible solutions, ownership of these solutions will be enhanced, and the potential for low cost initiatives leading to sustainable results increased.