First NCC meeting in Georgia - 7 March 2013

The First EPIRB NCC meeting was held on 7th March 2013 jointly with the IWRM National Policy Dialogue for Georgia that is a part of the EU Water Initiative in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Europe (EUWI EECCA) and is being implemented in Georgia by the UNECE Environment Division.
The first session of the meeting was dedicated to the activities and results of the EUWI NPD support to the Ministry of Environment for on-going water legislation reforms and institutional and legislative frameworks of water resources management in Georgia..

The second part of the workshop was dedicated to the EPIRB National Coordination Committee (NCC) meeting for Georgia that, together with the Regional Steering Committee (RSC), represents advisory mechanism for close cooperation of the project team to the beneficiary institutions to oversee achievement of the project goals and objectives. The National Coordination Committee for Georgia was established by Ministerial Order in May 31, 2012 and their members were involved in number of national and regional events organized by the project, including 1st RSC meeting in Kiev, WFD compliant monitoring workshop in Batumi, field visits at pilot basin, regional laboratory training and workshop in Tbilisi, etc.

The Director of Information Engineering Centre and EPIRB contractor for the RBA study, described major steps of development River Basin Analysis for the Chorokhi-Adjaristkali pilot area and answered to number of questions from an audience related to the technical details of the RBA study.

Additionally, the ongoing activities of the Second reporting period (February-July, 2013) and plans for a future have been presented in a particular focus on the following up of the RBA studies Activity 2.2 - Identification and typology of water bodies - that has already started in the Caucasus region, as well as to the Activity 2.3 - Analysis of baseline situation, including Preliminary classification of Identified by Act 2.2 Surface and Groundwater water bodies (WBs) and Activity 2.4 - Joint field Surveys to cover the gaps. By explaining the design and detailed mechanisms of these activities, Mr Jincharadze also answered the questions raised during the RBA presentation regarding overall WFD methodology and required steps for RBMP development that would be very good opportunity for Georgia to pilot such activities with the help of EPIRB in one of its potential Basin Districts (to be proposed by the new Water Law of Georgia).

Discussion session after the presentations session led the meeting to the valuable comments and updated information that the team will take into account and reflect in the RBA study that will be available in electronic (on the EPIRB website) and printed versions for the beneficiaries and general public in two languages  - Georgian and English.

For more information, please see the minutes of the meeting.

07.03.2013
  • Georgia
  • Project Management Activities