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UNDP-GEF Kura II: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin
In 16-18 October 2018 Kura II project is planning to organize its Regional Project Advisory Group (RPAG) in Kachreti, Georgia. The event will bring 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 Quality 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.
Kura II project's Regional Working Group (RWG) on Shared Water Quality Indicators had its first meeting on 10 September 2018 in Azerbaijan. 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 establish sustainable mechanism for monitoring assessment preparation and exchange of agreed and shared indicators over the water quality. The members are from Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Monitoring in Azerbaijan and Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, National Environmental Agency in Georgia. As a result of the discussion the RWG agreed on the main five shared water quality indicators, the frequnecy of sampling and one observer from the counterpart country while taking the samplings and oing analysis in order to maintain transparency and ensure experience exchange.