Thursday, June 8, 2017

Meeting held between Kura II team and Georgia’s Environment and Natural Resources Ministry Focal Point

     The UNDP / GEF Kura II project team met with Georgian focal point Marina Makarova, the Head of Water Resource Division at Georgia’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource Protection, on June 6, 2017 in Tbilisi, to discuss the ongoing and future issues, related to advancing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans. 

     The participants of the meeting discussed a variety of questions, such as plans for developing a simplified version of the Environmental Flow Methodology prepared within the framework of USAID Governance for Growth (G4G) and the upcoming related meeting in July 2017, issues related to coordination with EUWI+ and UNIDO Green Growth initiative, the planned PAG (Project Advisory Group) meeting in July, the PPP (Public Private Partnership) nominations, e.g. GWP and Georgian Amelioration, the plans concerning river restoration activities, the terms of references for international experts on RBM (River Basin Management) implementation and Capacity Building and Information Systems and DSS (Decision Support Systems), needs for national and junior experts and other issues.

     The meeting was joined by Zurab Jincharadze, South Caucasus regional coordinator of EUWI+, for a brief discussion of the coordination between the projects. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Water economy and amelioration specialists’ professional appreciation day was celebrated in Azerbaijan

     The scientific – practical conference was conducted in Baku on Monday, June 5, 2017 dedicated to the water economy and amelioration specialists’ professional appreciation day. The conference had been jointly organized by the Azersu JSC and Amelioration and Water Economy JSC within the celebration of this special day announced as professional appreciation day by the decree of the President of Azerbaijan since May 14, 2014.
    The chairmen of boards of Azersu JSC and Amelioration and Water Economy JSC as well as Assistant of the President of Azerbaijan on Agricultural Policy, representatives of parliament and other officials had a speech during the event talking about the history of water resources management and water economy in the country along with contribution of outstanding specialists in this field to development of the country.

    Honorable awards had been given to the specialists of both Joint Stock Companies for their professional achievements in their career and contribution to the development of water resources management in the country. 

Kura II PCU team had fruitful meeting in Azersu JSC

     On Friday, June 2, 2017 the Kura II PCU had meeting with the representatives of Azersu JSC – the main water supply operator of Azerbaijan.
     The heads of several departments of Azersu JSC e.g. head of Technical Production Department Mr. Aydin Abbasov, lead engineer of this department Mr. Magsud Babayev and engineer Ms. Elvira Huseynova, Head of Division for control of technological processes and environment Mr. Zahid Gasimov, head of Water sources and master pipelines management division Mr. Rasim Guliyev, director of scientific research institute within the company Dr. Farda Imanov, head of Planning and quality control department Mr. Bahadur Kangarly and engineer of this department Mr. Fuad Javadzade had attended the meeting.

      The CTA and Regional Coordinator of the Kura II project Ms. Mary Matthews and Focal Point of the project in beneficiary organization the head of Environmental Policy sector of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Mr. Mutallim Abdulhasanov informed the representatives of Azersu JSC about the Kura II project and mentioned about successful cooperation in previous UNDP – GEF project. She introduced the Kura PCU team to Azersu and expressed her confidence that the project team will strengthen existing cooperation traditions which will benefit the company as it is one of the important stakeholders of the project. She provided further detailed information about the aim and components of the project.
    Azersu JSC representatives had also expressed their gratitude for considering the company as a main stakeholder and initiating collaboration with the company within the project. They had kindly invited Kura II project team to visit the newly established Training and capacity building center of Azersu in Hovsan district of Baku and laboratories equipped with state of art equipment with capacity to run laboratory analyses of water based on 84 parameters.

     Both parties agreed to have regular meetings in line with the work plan of the project in upcoming 3 years with the aim to mutually benefit from the outcomes of the project. 

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.  ...