Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kura PCU staff members attended meeting of the EU National Water Policy Dialogue on April 26, 2017

The Steering Committee meeting of the EU National Water Policy Dialogue in Azerbaijan is organized at the Central Park hotel in Baku on April 26, 2017.

The aim of the EU National Water Policy Dialogue is to discuss the proposed draft work plan for the activities planned to be implemented for 2017 - 2020 within the EU Water Initiative Plus project.

This project is going to be conducted simultaneously with the UNDP GEF Kura II project covering almost the same implementation period (2017-2020) where beneficiary is going to be the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan. Thus the collaboration between the EU Water Initiative Plus and Kura II project is considered to be strengthened with the aim to avoid any overlap or duplication of activities.

The Senior Capacity Building Coordinator, Communications officer and Azerbaijan National Coordinator of the Kura II PCU took part at the Steering Committee meeting of the EU National Water Policy Dialogue where a lot of representatives of stakeholders from water sector were represented.


Presentation was presented by the Kura PCU staff member to the participants about Kura II project during the meeting.   

Kura II PCU staff members took part at CBD Regional Workshop in Baku

The UNEP Convention on Bio Diversity (CBD) Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea Region is conducted in Baku during 25-29 April 2017. 

The Senior Capacity Building Coordinator, Communications officer and Azerbaijan National Coordinator of the Kura II PCU took part at the opening session of the event on April 25, 2017. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Grand opening event of the Kura II PCU office and IWRM Training Center

The Integrated Water Resources Management Training Center is established within the UNDP – GEF Kura II project with the aim to provide additional effect and ensure sustainability of the project through capacity building and development of human resources for water management in the region.

Official opening of the Kura II PCU office and IWRM training center on April 7, 2017 in Baku followed right after the Inception Workshop within the UNDP - GEF Kura II Project conducted on April 6 – 7, 2017 at the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 


           The Kura II project will be implementing the Strategic Action Program for the Kura River Basin in partnership with the Governments of Georgia and Azerbaijan, correspondingly with Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection and Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources.

          Representatives of stakeholders from both of the countries took part in the opening ceremony of the newly established Kura II PCU office and IWRM Training Center in Baku together with representatives from the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub. The attendees of opening ceremony of the Training Center are full of expectations from the center in a way of contributing to development and capacity building of water resources specialists and managers in the region. The center is going to play an important role as a resource and knowledge transfer center in the field of water resources management.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Georgia and Azerbaijan share rivers and plans for a water rich future

Regional Inception Workshop
Baku, April 6-7, 2017

The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan hosted the Regional Inception Workshop of the “UNDP - GEF Kura II Project: Implementing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin” on April 6-7, 2017 in the grand Minister’s Conference Hall in Baku.

The Kura II Project is a 4 year UNDP-GEF funded project with allocated budget of 5.3 million USD. National partners in Azerbaijan and Georgia have contributed over $190 million in co-financing. Mr. Vladimir Mamaev, UNDP/GEF Regional Team Leader and Regional Technical Advisor noted that this project was the second highest co-financing contribution in UNDP-GEF International Waters almost 30 year history.

In the opening of the Inception Workshop, Mr. Firdovsi Aliyev, Deputy Minister of Ecology & Natural Resources of Azerbaijan emphasized the vital importance of transboundary cooperation with neighbor country Georgia and wished success in further implementation of the project.  He strongly stated that “the capacity building emphasis of this project in Azerbaijan and Georgia are a priority, and both countries will receive huge benefits from this effort”.
The leader of the Georgian Delegation, Ms. Marina Makarova, Head of Water Resources Department in Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource Protection said “This phase of the project is important for the two countries as it will focus on practical actions to implement IWRM to have sustainable water use for the benefit of the whole basin.”
The Inception Workshop launched the efforts of the project and was enhanced by the active participation of 35 regional stakeholders. Participants from Georgia included: representatives from Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Tbilisi State University, National Environment Agency, United Water Supply Company. Azerbaijan participants were from Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, including the Environmental policy department, National Geological Exploration Service, National Hydrometeorology Department, and National Environmental Monitoring Department, as well as Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Emergency Situations and the State Water Resources  Agency, Azerbaijan Parliament - Department of Environment and Energy, AzerSu JSC, Amelioration JSC and Scientific research institute, NGOs and private companies. The multiple water dependent sectors representatives participated enthusiastically and agreed to continue building strong linkages to harmonize water management within and between the two countries.
The Kura II Project Team presented work plans to meet 5 component outcomes, with 22 outputs, with budgets, annual work plans, and activities that will span institutions strengthening, capacity building for water managers across sectors, applied actions to reduce water stresses in critical areas, stakeholder education, awareness and empowerment, and using science for governance.
Project activities have already begun, and strong linkages are being built with the EU Water Initiative Plus (EUWI+) Project, as well as other related efforts in Azerbaijan and Georgia to further strengthen the future for a water resource rich Kura Basin.   


For more information, please contact UNDP-GEF Kura II Project Communications Officer, Amin Mammadov at Amin.Mammadov@undp.org


(Photos by Mary Matthews and Amin Mammadov)

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