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UNDP-GEF Kura II: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin
In 16-18 October 2018 Kura II project had its Regional Project Advisory Group (RPAG) in Kachreti, Georgia. The event brought together key stakeholders in the water sector in Azerbaijan and Georgia to jointly discuss the challenges and solutions of Integrated Water Resources Management in the Kura River basin.
The overall objectives of the 2nd RPAG meeting are the following:
- Share updates from the national level regarding significant water management changes since the Winter 2018 Regional PAG held in Gabala, Azerbaijan and pending changes;
- For presentations from each of the Regional Working Groups on their status, way forward, and timelines.
- To review the 2014 Ministerially Agreed Strategic Action Plan for the Kura River, discuss the current status of priority transboundary issues, and consider next steps and future actions.
Regional Working Group (RWG) on Water Quantity Management of the Kura II project had a meeting on 13 September 2018 in Georgia. This was the first meeting of this RWG and it is expected to have three more meetings - two in Azerbaijan and one in Georgia, on rotaing bases.
The main objective of this working group is to develop a conjuctive groundwater and surface water use strategy for transboundary water resources in the Kura river Basin. The members are from Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Amelioration and Water Economy JSC, Azersu and Baku State University in Azerbaijan and Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, National Environmental Agency, United Irrigations Systems Company in Georgia. As a result of the discussion they have agreed on the table of contents of the reports to be produced by this RWG and task division. The meeting has also served as a groud of sharing the recent updated in the water resource management in Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Regional Working Group (RWG) on Shared Water Quality Indicators of the Kura II project had a meeting on 10 September 2018 in Azerbaijan. This was the first meeting of this RWG and it is expected to have three more meetings - two in Georgia and one in Azerbaijan, on rotaing bases.
The main objective of this working group is to decide on shared water quality indicators for harmonized water quality analysis water resources in the Kura river Basin. The members are from the Monitoring Department of Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources from Azerbaijan and National Environmental Agency from Georgia. As a result of the discussion they have agreed on five common indicators to be analysed regularly from the agreed point in both countries. The meeting has also served as a groud of sharing the recent updated in the water resource management in Georgia and Azerbaijan.
Regional Working Group (RWG) on Shared Water Quality Indicators of the Kura II project had its second meeting on 28 February 2019 in Georgia. The main objective of this working group is to esatblish a sustainable mechanism for monitoring and evaluation of water quality, as well as establishing the shared indicators list.
The group members has shared the recent updates from both countries and agreed on the next steps. The dates of the field trips and sampling schedule were agreed. In conclusion, it was reitrated that all the points on thenew suggestions will be discussed with the project manager. The project also needs to conduct an internal meeting with the International Concultant to discuss the scope of work beyond the trainings.
Regional Working Group (RWG) on Water Quantity Management of the Kura II project had its second meeting on 27 February 2019 in Azerbaijan. Both sides have presented their report on surface and groundwater resources in Azerbaijan and Georgia. The presentation also touched upon the main gaps and needs for the management of the transboundary water resources between Georgia and Azerbaijan.
After the presentations, the Senior Capacity Building Expert has updated the RWG with the overall project updates and the recent progress achieved in the other WGs.
UNDP-GEF Kura II Project Study Tour to the
Sava River Basin Commission
Budapest, Hungary | Zagreb, Croatia | Ljubljana, Slovenia
8-12 April 2019
UNDP-GEF Kura II Project has organized a trip to the Sava River Commission. The delegation included four project team members and six people form each country. The study trip started from Budapest, Hungary on 8 April, 2019. Within the Study Trip, the UNDP-GEF Kura II Delegation has also been to Zagreb, Croatia and Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The team had wonderful presentations on how the International Convention for Protection of the Danube River has grown and flourished with all countries cooperating. The delegation met with the working group leaders for water quality management in the Danube and learned about how countries are working together for flood management, and for managing water quality.
The UNDP-GEF Kura II project Study Tour Delegation had a field trip to the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park as well. A huge bilateral protected area, very valuable flood plain for the Sava River and Ramsar site. This site is in the flood plain the river flows through and when there are floods the whole park is designed to flood, the small villages in the park have some protections built around them, and the whole area can safely flood.
At the Sava River Basin Commission Secretariat the participants have learnt the newest approaches for Transboundary Cooperation and many new ideas have been taking seed.