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 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.