UNDP-GEF Kura II: Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin

CTA Monthly Note for February 2020

This post covers what the UNDP-GEF Kura II Project has accomplished during February 2020 and what are the plans for March 2020

In February 2020 we have:

  • Conducted the 4th Regional Working Group Meeting on Water Quantity Management in Baku, Azerbaijan on 3 February 2020
  • Conducted the 7th NPAG Meeting in Georgia on 7 February 2020
  • Conducted the 7th NPAG Meeting in Azerbaijan on 14 February 2020
  • Held an ad hoc Project-Ministry coordination meeting with MENR with H. E. Minister Babayev and UNDP GEF RTA Vladimir Mamaev, with follow-up meeting with MENR Communications Team
  • Conduct the 3rd Block of the training on Environmental Permitting and Enforcement on 10-14 February 2020  
  • Conduct the 3rd Block of the training on Cleaner Production on 17-21 February 2020
  • Conduct the 3rd Block of the training on Economic Modeling on 24-27February 2020
  • Met with the newly appointed Direct of the United Water Supply Company of Georgia
  • Nearly completed of the Hajigabol Constructed Wetland excavation
  • Meet with Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture in Georgia to decide River Restoration activities
  • Meet with the Amelioration Company of Georgia to finalize report on tariff structure for Georgia Water Services
  • Developing RPA for Aquaponics for Azerbaijan, pending PSC approval
  • Posting RFQ for HydroHeroes App in partnership with IDEA and AzerSu
  • Continuing development of Social Marketing Campaign for water conservation in Georgia and Azerbaijan, including a video for use of Novrus “Water Tuesday” video
  • Training for Kura Box and Modules for select schools in Baku (Postponed)
  • Finalizing Best Available Technologies Report for Main Polluting Sectors
  • Exchange Mission for NEA to train specialist in AZ Hydromet regarding concentration of pesticides in water (Postponed)
  • Investigation of sites for online ground water monitoring system in both countries (Postponed)
  • Prepared 2 video modules for the IW:LEARN/GWP MOOC – Online course – including Kura Basin Case Study
  • Promoted Hajigabol Constructed Wetlands for International Wetlands Day
  • Developed video for awareness raising for rational water use by Gori Teachers as part of demonstration project

In March 2020 we will:

  • Hold Regional Working Group Meeting for Water Quality Indicators  to be held in Tbilisi 4 March 2020 (Postponed)
  • Training for Kura Box and Modules for select schools in Baku (Postponed -Pending)
  • Attending EU Water Policy Dialog for Georgia under EUWI+ 5 March in Tbilisi
  • Exchange Mission for NEA to train specialist in AZ Hydromet regarding concentration of pesticides in water (Postponed -Pending)
  • Hiring and onboarding of Georgian National Coordinator
  • Finish excavation works at the CW in Hajiqabul and start lining the main basin of the wetland
  • Conducting Environmental Flow Missions in Georgia and Azerbaijan to Aragvi, Elijan Chay and Samkir Chay 6-8 March (Pending)
  • Participate in World Water Day, 23 March Event in Gori, Georgia in Demonstration Project for Municipal Water (Pending)
  • Flood Risk Management Training in Tbilisi Georgia 24-25 March (Pending, likely Postponed)
  • The regular inspections of the construction works at the Constructed Wetland site in baby Hajigabul Lake in Shirvan, Azerbaijan including installation of lining
  • Site visit to Georgian River Restoration with international expert (Postponed)
  • Receive Report on National Water Strategy and Institutional Structure for Azerbaijan
  • Receive Sectoral Pollution Abatement Plans for Dairy, Tanneries, and Slaughterhouses
  • Receive Draft pre-feasibility study for main hotspot for both countries Poultry Georgia and Lachin Tannery
  • Receive bids for Hydro-heroes App and Aquaponics and initiate contracting
  • Hire Expert to conduct desk review of River Restoration site in Georgia
  • Investigation of sites for online ground water monitoring system in both countries (Pending)
  • Contracting of artist for Comic books about water management issues
  • Provide all documentations and respond to all inquiries related to the UNDP GEF Performance Audit of IRH
  • Initiate Contingency Planning for Project Completion in light of COVID-19, including travel and meeting restrictions as of 5 March

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