The UNDP – GEF Kura II Project Team held Regional Consultation Meeting on Water Resources Management Indicators in Tbilisi on September 19, 2017.
Representatives of key stakeholders from both Azerbaijan and Georgia attended the meeting with presentations covering various topics related to water resources management indicators.
The Senior Capacity Building Expert of the project Ahmed Abou Elseoud started with the presentation on Information and Transboundary Cooperation – Challenges and Responses after CTA Dr. Mary Matthews' opening remarks. Following to this first presentation Mr. Elseoud also had a presentation on overview of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) project. Open discussions were conducted after these two presentations with participants of both countries.The next presentations were conducted by the acting Senior Water Quality Expert from Azerbaijan Ms. Turkan Karimzade and her counterpart from Georgia Ms. Marina Arabidze on proposals for water quality indicators on behalf of their countries. Kura II Senior IWRM expert from Azerbaijan Mr. Anar Nuriyev and Senior Hydrology Expert Mr. Irakli Megrelidze conducted presentations on water quantity shared indicators after the open discussions on quality indicators.
The meeting conclusion was dedicated to discussions on water quality and quantity indicators facilitated by Mr. Elseoud. The anticipated next steps, including schedule and topics of future meetings and activities had been planned too.
The list of indicators, harmonized sampling methodologies and future steps will be shared with Governmental National Focal Points for discussion.
The intention for these shared indicators is to produce an annual “State of the Kura River Report” to be shared with Azerbaijan and Georgia.