Advancing IWRM Across the Kura River Basin through Implementation of the Transboundary Agreed Actions and National Plans

Lead country

Regional - Europe and CIS

Participating countries

Georgia, Azerbaijan

Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From August 23, 2016 to May 31, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 6.3 Reduce water pollution, minimizing hazardous chemical releases
  2. 6.5 Implement integrated water resources management

Project ID: 5325

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Technical team

  • Oceans and Water Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Protection of transboundary surface & groundwater resources in a changing climate
  • Cross cutting governance and learning


  • Human altered areas
  • FreshWaters


  • Industrial site
  • General

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Energy

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Data collection and analysis


  • Governance
  • Capacity building
  • Technology innovation


  • Institutional framework
  • Partnerships
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Technical capacity building
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Innovations in techniques/ approaches
  • Knowledge/Data management

Social inclusion

  • Women

Gender equality

  • Awareness raising (on gender)

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway
  • Sci-tech pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 6.3 Reduce water pollution, minimizing hazardous chemical releases
  • 6.5 Implement integrated water resources management

Conventions and protocols

  • Strategic Action Programme

Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Public-private partnership
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

Project description

The Kura II Project will address the priority needs in the ministerially endorsed Strategic Action Plan (SAP) through implementation of the SAP and national Integrated Water Resources Management Plans to strengthen and harmonize coordinated conjunctive transboundary ground and surface water management. The five components are: Support for institutional governance protocols; professional development and capacity building for water managers across sectors; stress reduction measures in critical areas; stakeholder education and empowerment; and, enhanced science for governance. The project has strong, multisectoral support in both countries and will support pending bilateral legal agreements.

USD $5,479,452

Grant amount

USD $194,881,670

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($5,479,452)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Regional Centre - Istanbul

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