Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

NPD launched: 2010

NPD Chair and strategic partners: Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, State Water Agency (Ministry of Emergencies), Ministry of Economic Development

MOU with UNECE: 2010 (in English)

Current priority areas:

  • Development of the National Water Strategy for the management of water resources and an action plan for its implementation.
  • Harmonisation of water legislation with the EU legislation and IWRM principles.
  • Promotion of transboundary water diplomacy and cooperation with neighbouring Georgia, including the finalisation of a bilateral agreement on the management of shared water resources.
  • Reform of economic instruments for water management

Key achievements:

  • The National Water Strategy has been drafted. It will be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers for approval in 2014.
  • In 2015-2016, national targets under the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on water and Health were drafted.
  • A benchmarking study on water utilities has strengthened the capacity of Azeri authorities to monitor the performance of the water supply and sanitation sector. This already contributes to improved policy making in the WSS sector.
  • Developments in negotiating a bilateral agreement with Georgia on joint management of the transboundary Kura river basin have been reported and discussed at the NPD Steering Committee meetings.
  • Pilot project was completed for testing the approach of water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary Alazani river basin, which is shared by Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Plans for the future:

  • The National Water Strategy is expected to be formally adopted. Work on water-sector legislation will follow.
  • Support to water diplomacy between Azerbaijan and Georgia will continue through an assessment of the potential economic benefits of enhanced transboundary cooperation and through negotiations on a bilateral agreement.
  • In 2016 the national targets under the Protocol on Water and Health will be formally adopted.
  • Transboundary water management and reforms that will facilitate investment in water infrastructures and water services are promising avenues for further work, in line with the Government’s priorities.

Meetings

The 5th NPD Steering Committee (25 February 2016)

The 4th NPD Steering Committee meeting (27 February 2015)

The 3rd NPD Steering Committee meeting (23 January 2014)

The 2nd NPD Steering Committee meeting  (7-8 June 2012)

Expert Group meeting under the EU Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue in Azerbaijan  (29 November 2011)

EU Water Initiative Working Group Meeting - Azerbaijan  (16 - 17 June 2011)

The 1st NPD Steering Committee meeting  (12 October 2010)