EU-funded Kura River Project’s new phase launched
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 17 / Trend /
The EU-funded project for Transboundary River Management for the Kura River started its third phase and will be implemented over a period of 12 months, ENPI Info Center reported.
The Phase II of the project completed in December, 2011. The project aims at improving water quality in the Kura River basin through trans-boundary cooperation and the development a common approach to water quality monitoring and assessment, the report said.
The river basin management approach is based on the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) methodologies.
The implementation of the project consists of four main components. Under the first component, an analysis of the existing systems for water quality assessment will be undertaken in the project countries (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia) against the requirements of EU WFD, and a common approach to water quality assessment developed on the basis of existing data and EU WFD methodology.
Under the second component, a proposal for the replacement of outdated policies and technical instructions will be formulated, and a set of technical guidelines produced to facilitate the adoption of the common approach to water quality assessment.
The third component will mainly focus on the implementation of field surveys in trans-boundary pilot basins, water sampling and analysis, while the fourth will help improve coordination with EU Water Initiative activities and water projects in the South Caucasus region implemented by the EU and other international agencies.
Edited by: A.Badalova