After gaining independence by the three South Caucasus Countries, one of the most separating and conflicting, and at the same time most common environmental problems is management of transboundary waters, particularly of Kura and Aras rivers. Up to 50 projects of various scale and cost have been accomplished or are in the process of implementation in these countries on the given problem. Some of these projects (most prominent) have been or are implemented by the governments (or by their request) of the three South Caucasus countries with donors’ support, and there are numerous initiatives conducted by NGOs. All donor organisations that start working in the field of environment in the Caucasus region encounter water related problems in the abovementioned transboundary basin. The same is true with donors working in other fields at the national levels, who find water related issues as national priorities of the three countries, such as improved water supply and wastewater services (municipal and rural), updated national water policies, legislation and institutions, integrated water resources management and planning etc. Though countries individually undertake reforms in their water sector, still a concerted action in managing, using and protecting transboundary river basins at the regional level and with the application of modern principles and harmonized approaches is lacking. In addition, an absence or little cooperation and coordination between the governments of the three countries and donor-supported activities undertaken for management, protection and use of transboundary river basins worsen the overall management of our common resource.
The project will be focused on:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia