Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend А. Badalova / The Baku office of the OSCE approved a project on establishing unified water standards. This information is on the OSCE website.
The main aim of this project is to define common standardized sampling and data management procedures.
"As populations increase and economic development continues apace in the region, so the pressures on the finite resource of clean, safe water increase and co-ordinated action becomes imperative if a secure future for all the countries of the South Caucasus is to be ensured," said Torbjorn Bjorvatn, Economic and Environmental Officer at the OSCE Office in Baku.
The key purpose of the project is to create the base of data for determining the initial quality of water, which will become a starting point to determine different anthropogenic and climatic factors of water quantity.
The Azerbaijani Kura and Araks Rivers run through the whole of the South Caucasus, and they share common problems related to the city, agriculture and industrial pollution. These rivers supply the population with drinking water and therefore, social and economic development directly depends on the quality and quantity of water resources.