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UNDP-GEF Kura II: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin
Component 5 – Improved Science for Governance
Component five addresses critical urgent needs identified within the Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA), National IWRM plans, and regional Strategic Action Program (SAP): The need to make scientific information accessible for improved governance for balanced and sustainable water management is critical internationally and within the Kura River basin. Monitoring agencies collect information however this information is not readily accessible and presented in a format that supports environmentally beneficial decision-making across sectors. Further information exchange within countries and between needs to be facilitated to support long-term beneficial cooperation.
This component is intended to access data collected historically and by previous projects and develop systems that will enhance its use in the national and regional decision-making processes. The systems will modernize data on water resources river systems and its application for use across sectors. This includes modernized approaches for hydrological information, including conjunctive ground and surface water modeling, applying economic and social benefits and costs of water uses, creating a regional river ecosystem database to support decision-making at all levels and creation of protocols for a water resource information management, monitoring, data analysis and exchange.
Combined these efforts will significantly enhance the ability and capacities with in the countries and the basin to more effectively and sustainably use water resources.
It will strengthen monitoring, data assessment and analysis systems in support of improved decision making, and increased exchange of comparable information and analyses between sectors and countries for improved and harmonized water resources management. This will increase applied water/food/energy/ecosystem security and climate change adaptation including conjunctive uses by increasing the empirical understanding of necessary decisions to be made to realize the shared benefits of cross sectoral coordination.