The Kura II project international expert on River Ecological Restoration Mr. Andrea Goltara and Database management expert Mr. Andrea Nardini visited Azerbaijan and Georgia during November 2017. The Kura II PCU had organized River Restoration workshop on November 13 at the Kura II IWRM Training Center with participation of local and international experts.
The Kura II international expert on River Ecological Restoration Mr. Andrea Goltara made a fascinating presentation on the concept of river restoration with examples of best practices taken from both global and European experiences.
Local experts shared their comments during Mr. Goltara’s presentation. The local expert Mr. Rashail Ismayilov started his presentation about River Restoration and selected places for river restoration in Azerbaijan within the Kura river basin after Mr. Goltara’s. He talked about the lack of research in the country in this field and also presented some practices from other countries’ experience with visual resources giving the overview on the goals, objectives as well as general concept of river restoration and how it can be implemented.
Participants of the workshop posed a lot of questions going to the details of river restoration, and the topic led to very interactive discussions among local experts. As it was planned to start a field trip to the regions in Azerbaijan and then in Georgia across the Kura river basin it was also discussed opportunities of visiting potential sites which can be considered as areas for conducting demonstration projects in near future.
The international expert shared his recommendations regarding the criteria for selection of potential sites explaining the reasons why river restoration is basically implemented in various river basins, and what are usually final achievement of this type of project.