Friday, April 27, 2018

The Stage 3 of Water Economics Training in Azerbaijan and Georgia is successfully conducted

    
   The third block of trainings on Water Economics had been completed in Azerbaijan and Georgia during the week of April 23 - 27. 
   The training started in Azerbaijan on April 23 with two days sessions and continued in Tbilisi on Thursday and Friday. Representatives of stakeholder institutions in both countries had an opportunity to continue to learn new experience and knowledge about economy of water resources.  
   The Environment and Water Resources Economist of the Kura II project Mrs. Vania Paccagnan made presentations on Economics of Integrated Pollution Control, Economics of Water Resources Allocation, Economics of Climate Change, Circular Economy and other related topics. 
     There were also practical exercises during the sessions as well as open discussions with participants on challenges and opportunities faced by both countries during the training. Participants were extremely enthusiastic with their ideas and addressed questions with the aim to hear about best practices in this field from global experience. 


   
  Alumni of the training expressed their gratitude to the Kura II team for organization of trainings in such a high level and stated their expectation to take part in next series of training blocks to expand their knowledge and learn international experience in the field of economy of environment and natural resources. 
     


    All the participants were awarded with certificates of successful completion of the training block. 

     
  
    

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Trainings on Capacity Building for ISO 17025 Implementation for Environmental Laboratories in Azerbaijan and Georgia are completed

        The 3rd block of training sessions on Capacity Building for ISO 17025 Implementation for Environmental Laboratories in Azerbaijan and Georgia has been successfully conducted and completed within the IWRM Academy during the week of April 16 – 20, 2018.

      Close to 40 specialists working at the laboratories of institutions that are beneficiaries and main stakeholders of Kura II project in Azerbaijan and Georgia attended all three blocks of trainings conducted by the Laboratory Quality Management Expert Mrs. Varsha Gungoa.

   The participants had been able to expand their knowledge about ISO 17025 accreditation procedures for Laboratories as well as huge number of details about ISO 17025 and ISO 9001 standards.

      The international expert provided very comprehensive explanation about the differences between the ISO 17025 version of 2005 and new version of the same document issued and approved in 2017.

     The second day of the trainings included also practical session at the Central Laboratory of the Ministry Ecology and Natural Resources in Azerbaijan and Atmospheric, Air, Water and Soil Analyses Laboratory of the National Environmental Agency in Georgia. The international expert shared her practical experience with trainees on some test methods.


      The participants expressed their gratitude to the project team and international expert for organization of trainings in high level. They stated that the knowledge and experience obtained during these 3 blocks is going to be very useful and valuable for them to apply in their job in the future. They had also proposed ideas regarding the potential topics that can be considered for future trainings.


       The Kura II Senior Capacity Building Expert Eng. Ahmed Abou Elseoud acted as a facilitator of the final session where participants discussed what topics are interesting for them on which they would be glad to learn international experience.
         The session had been completed with awarding certificates to participants.  



Friday, March 30, 2018

Standard Operation Procedures and Quality Assurance and Economics of Water Use trainings were conducted in March

Standard Operation Procedures and Quality Assurance and Economics of Water Use trainings were conducted in a week of March 12 - 16  in IWRM training centers in Azerbaijan and Georgia. 
The international Experts Mrs. Varsha Gungoa and Mrs. Vania Paccagnan conducted correspondingly these trainings in both countries for the representatives of various stakeholders in Baku and in Tbilisi. 
Specialists working in the laboratories in the region had a chance to attend the trainings too as a result of cooperation between the UNDP Kura II project and EU Water Initiative + project.   

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The IWRM for Raising Decision Makers training for Azerbaijan is successfully completed


The block of 6 days training sessions started from mid January of this year has been completed within the IWRM Academy. Representatives of departments of Kura II project beneficiary Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan as well as other stakeholders – State Water Resources Agency of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, “Azersu” JSC, “Amelioration and Water Economy” JSC, masters students of Baku State University have taken part in three 2 days sessions block of the academy dedicated to various aspects of Integrated Water Resources Management.

The Chief Technical Advisor of the Kura II project Dr. Mary Matthews and Senior Capacity Building Expert Engineer Ahmed Abou Elseoud conducted interactive sessions for young specialists of project stakeholder institutions involved in water management in Azerbaijan. Presentations covering different issues of water management from water quality, human health, gender mainstreaming, governance, social aspects of water management and many other directions were very useful for young alumni of 2018 IWRM semester. Training participants stated on their satisfaction in feedback written on the evaluation forms about importance of learning best practices and cases from global experience which they plan to apply in their future work.

Besides, training participants had been provided with an opportunity to have group work based on the task which they discussed and presented to each other. The aim was to teach them team building and communication skills which had a positive impact to discover their ability to work together with their peers in finding solution to problems.


The CTA of Kura II project Dr. Matthews congratulated them and announced about the opportunity proposed by the Kura II project to apply to junior expert positions in near future. Training participants were awarded with certificates at the end of the block.  

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The IWRM academy training blocks in progress

The UNDP GEF Kura II Project implementing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin had started series of training sessions since mid January 2018 in Azerbaijan and Georgia. The Chief Technical Advisor and Senior Capacity Building Expert of the Kura II team as well as international experts involved within the project had conducted training sessions for the representatives of project stakeholders.

The topics have been covering various aspects of IWRM, Water Resources Economy, Sampling Procedures for Laboratory Staff, Emissions Inventory for wastewater, EU Water Framework Directive requirements and River Basin Management Planning etc. Representatives of different departments and divisions of the MENR which is a beneficiary of the project, as well as the State Water Resources Agency of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, “Azersu” JSC, “Amelioration and Water Economy” JSC, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Agriculture, research fellows and lecturers of Universities, private sector specialists had a unique chance to benefit from rich experience of Kura II staff members as well as international experts with a strong background in the above mentioned fields.


The IWRM for Rising Decision Makers is one of the first training block launched on January presented jointly by the CTA and Senior Capacity Building Expert of the Kura II project. The training-workshop was attended by twenty (20) Azerbaijan participants representing the main stakeholders, ministry of Ecology and natural resources protection, Amelioration JSC, Azersu, Ministry of emergency situation, ministry of energy, and the universities.  

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Kura II Regional PAG meeting in Azerbaijan

The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan had hosted the opening session of the Regional Project Advisory Group meeting (PAG) of the UNDP – GEF Kura II project in Baku on January 30, 2018.
The Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Mr. Firdovsi Aliyev had emphasized in his speech delivered on behalf of the main beneficiary in Azerbaijan that the ministry is highly appreciating implementation of the UNDP GEF Kura II project. Mr. Aliyev stressed out that the project is contributing to building capacity of stakeholders involved in water resources management in the country. Kura II is also making valuable efforts to acceleration of process of bilateral cooperation in this field with Georgia.

Delegation of Georgia visiting Azerbaijan consisted of about 15 experts representing stakeholders from another beneficiary country introduced themselves after short gratitude speech given by the head of delegation Mrs. Marina Makarova.  

Representatives of both countries introduced themselves having short comments and feedback related to the project and continued with visiting the National Environmental Monitoring and Hydrometeorology Departments of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan. The heads of these departments and their staff presented comprehensive information about their experience and daily work to their Georgian colleagues. Then the guests and local PAG members conducted visits to the Central Laboratory of the main water supply company of Azerbaijan “Azersu JSC” and Water History museum of the state company “Amelioration and Water Economy JSC”. PAG members became familiar with these institutions, their history and achievements.  

    The Regional PAG meeting is going on in Gabala city of Azerbaijan at the moment where the PAG members had a chance to visit the wells in Gabala from where the underground water is transported to Baku through the 260 km water pipeline to supply the capital city with fresh drinking water. The participants of regional meeting had a chance to become closely familiar with the source of ground water and how the facility extracting water is functioning.


The Regional PAG meeting was hosted on January 31 and February 1 in Gabala city of Azerbaijan where the PAG members had a chance to visit the wells in Gabala from where the underground water is transported to Baku through the 260 km water pipeline to supply the capital city with fresh drinking water. The participants of regional meeting had a chance to become closely familiar with the source of ground water and how the facility extracting water is functioning.

The two days meeting in Gabala served for the Kura II Project Advisory Group members as a venue to discuss the further steps in line with the project work plan as well as discuss different issues in non - formal and friendly environment. The overwhelming and data rich presentations were presented by the specialists of both countries to each other and open discussions on the history of cooperation as well as opportunities for young generations of water managers for the future had been conducted during the intensive 2 days in Gabala.  


    

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Environmental flow training for Azerbaijan

        The first round of trainings on Environmental Flow within the UNDP GEF Kura II project had been held in Baku for representatives of stakeholders of the Kura II project from Azerbaijan during December 7 – 8, 2017.

         Main target audience was consisted of young specialists representing different departments of the main beneficiary as well as other project stakeholders. Staff members of Hydrometeorology department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, State Water Resources Agency of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Energy, Amelioration and Water Economy JSC, Azersu JSC, graduate students of Baku State University, University of Construction and Architecture took part in 2 days training sessions.


         Dr. Mary Matthews, UNDP/GEF Kura CTA, opened the training workshop in the first day with a welcome note and stressed the importance of adopting Environmental Flow methodology in Azerbaijan taking into account the current capacities in the national institutions. She also mentioned that the UNDP/GEF Kura II project will support the two countries, Azerbaijan and Georgia, in adopting such methodology and apply it in one of the sub basins as a trail period. She wished all the participants a good luck in the coming two days.

        The sessions related to Environmental Flow and its methods had been conducted by Eng. Ahmed A. Elseoud, Senior Capacity Building Expert, Kura II Project.
        
        One of the sessions on the second day of trainings was the Environmental Flow Calculation Methodologies tested and applied in Azerbaijan. Mr. Anar Nuryiev, Kura II project senior IWRM expert explained the different attempts that had been made in the past to calculate environmental flow in Azerbaijan, stating the importance of having a legal framework to support the implementation of environmental flow approach.


    Another session on the second day was on Institutional and Legislative aspects of Environmental Flow in Azerbaijan, by Mr. Shamil Huseynov, Legal and Institutional Expert UNDP/GEF Kura II project. He explained the current legal framework for Azerbaijan water law and all the related laws. A discussion between the trainees on the laws and regulations of water management and its impact on environmental flow adoption in Azerbaijan was very interactive.

    The training participants had an opportunity to have hands on exercises on calculation of Environmental Flow using the methodologies presented by the Eng. Ahmed A. Elseoud. Joint practical work in groups was very interesting and useful for trainees which many of them noted on their evaluation feedback. 

       The next round of training sessions are planned to be provided early 2018 by the international experts involved within the Kura II project. There is a big interest by the stakeholders to training recruitment process. 

The Stage 3 of Water Economics Training in Azerbaijan and Georgia is successfully conducted

        The third block of trainings on Water Economics had been completed in Azerbaijan and Georgia during the week of April 23 - 27.  ...