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


15 Apr 2020

The UNDP-GEF Kura II Project is inviting you to take part in the Kura Project Earth Day Art Competition dedicated to Earth Day to be held online on our social media sources in May 05, 2020. Deadline: by 26 April, 2020

Information on the UNDP-GEF Kura II Project is available on the Project webpage www.kura-river.org. Participants are encouraged to download and read through the Kura Box Learning toolkit at https://kura-river.org/library/kura-box-dd8a and to base their artwork on the topics provided or on additional water specific issues they find most important.

All  information and terms for the contest are below. Please follow us for more updates.

Supported by:

  • Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan;
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection of Georgia
  • UNDP CO Azerbaijan
  • UNDP CO Georgia
  • NGO Environment and Development
  • Arts Council of Azerbaijan

Jury Members:

  • Dr. Vladimir Mamaev, UNDP/GEF Regional Team Leader and Regional Technical Advisor
  • Dr. Mary Matthews, Chief Technical Adviser;
  • Ms. Mariam Makarova, Head of the Water Division Department of Environment and Climate Change Ministry of  Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia
  • Ms. Sayyara Mammadova, Head of the Department of Ecological Education and Public Relations of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources
  • Mr. Nazim Mammadov, the Project Manager for NAMA Project
  • Mr. Kakhaber Bakhtadze, Founder and Board Member of the NGO “Environment and Development” (ED)
  • Mr. Dadash Mammadov, Head of Arts Council of Azerbaijan

How to participate:

  • You create a piece of art based on the theme. The artwork must be your own.
  • The artwork must be unpublished, either in a book or on a website.
  • Take a good photo or scan of the artwork.
  •    Submit the artwork to sona.guliyeva@undp.org
  •    Write down original work title; author’s first/last name; age; gender; mailing address; country; email; phone or fax. (for classes, clubs, groups, educational institutions) name and address of the school, first/last name of the teacher
  • Only one entry per person.

Terms and Conditions of Art Contest Submissions

Participants: students of children’s art schools, schools of art, fine art studios, art clubs and individual amateur participants.

Age: The contest is open to children from all around the world from age 6 to 17 years.


  • Water;
  • Water conservation;
  • Water pollution;
  • Water in life;
  • Water cycle;
  • Water and climate change
  • Other water related topics

Style and Size:

  • Graphic art
  • Painting (water-colors, gouache, acrylic)

Dimensions: A3 = 29,7 x 42 centimeters (11,69 x 16,53 inches) or smaller.


  • Participants assign all copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property rights in their submitted artwork to contest organizers.
  • Winners will be selected by the jury according to 3 age groups: 6-9, 10-12, 13-15,
  • 16-17. One winner in each age category.
  • Winning artworks may be used in various programs aimed at popularization of children’s creativity.
  • By submitting an entry, each contestant and his/her parent/legal guardian agree: they have read, understand and will comply with these official rules; and, or to the extent permitted by law, consent to the use of the Contestant’s name, likeness and/or biographical data for purposes of advertising and promotion by the organization committee, without further consent, compensation or approval.

All entries must have “Kura Project Earth Day Art Competition” in subject line of the email. Deadline for receiving works is COB April 26, 2020.

Notification of the art contest results: The winners will receive diplomas in May 2020. Exhibition: The exhibition will open on May 05, 2020 virtually on www.kura-river.org


  • Winner diplomas
  • Participant diplomas
  • Promotion on project media resources.

For Project Contact: 
Ms. Sona Guliyeva

Regional Communications Manager


skype: sona.guliyeva


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) (www.thegef.org) unites 183 member governments—in partnership with international institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector—to address global environment issues. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer and persistent organic pollutants. Since 1991, the GEF has provided US$12.5 billion in grants and leveraged US$58 billion in co-financing for 3,690 projects in 165 developing countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP) the GEF has made more than 20,000 grants totaling about US$1 billion to civil society and community-based organizations.

The GEF International Waters (IW) focal area targets transboundary water systems, such as shared river basins, lakes, groundwater and large marine ecosystems. The IW portfolio comprises 242 projects to date and some US$1.4 billion of GEF grants invested in 149 different countries. This investment has leveraged about US$8.4 billion in co-financing.

UNDP GEF Kura Project “Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans” will be implementing the Strategic Action Program for the Kura River Basin in partnership with the Governments of Georgia and Azerbaijan. The SAP is framed around four agreed Ecosystem Quality Objectives (EQO) which are:

•          To achieve sustainable utilization of water resources to ensure access to water and preserve ecosystem services;

•          To achieve water quality such that it would ensure access to clean water for present and future generations and sustain ecosystem functions in the Kura river basin;

•          To achieve and maintain ecosystem status whereby they provide essential environmental and socio-economic services in a sustainable manner in the Kura River Basin; and,

•          To achieve mitigation of adverse impacts of flooding and climate change on infrastructures, riparian ecosystems and communities.

The GEF will support priority activities towards these objectives. The GEF funded SAP implementation Project has the objective “to integrate water resources management in the Kura river basin to address water-energy-food-ecosystem security nexus through the implementation of agreed actions in the SAP”.

There will be five components to support the countries to achieve this objective. These are:

•          Project Component 1: Establishment of effective cross sectoral IWRM governance protocols at the local, national and transboundary levels in the Kura Basin;

•          Project Component 2: Strengthening national capacities to implement multi-sectoral IWRM in the Kura basin;

•          Project Component 3: Stress reduction in critical areas and pre-feasibility studies to identify investment opportunities for improving river system health;

•          Project Component 4: Targeted education and involvement projects to empower stakeholders in implementing local / national / regional actions in support of SAP implementation;

•          Project Component 5: Enhancing science for governance by strengthening monitoring, information management and data analysis systems for IWRM.