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Water policy in Azerbaijan is mainly implemented through water legislation, particularly, through the Water Code (1999). The Water Code is the basis for water management in Azerbaijan and sets out the following main principles for use and protection:

  • development of economy and environmental protection;
  • provision of the population with qualitative water;
  • combination of administrative - territorial and basin principles;
  • differentiation of the functions on management in the use and protection of water objects, as well as functions of their economic utilisation.

 Currently, the Strategy of the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2017-2035 regarding integrated water resources management is under development. The National Water Strategy (NWS) will be aimed at the development of water resources management and water protection as well as water supply and sanitation in Azerbaijan to better meet both international and EU level standards and objectives. The draft Strategy contains goals which are divided into short-term (6 years), medium-term (18 years) and long-term goals. Strategy proposes that the regional administration would be based on the catchment areas.

By support of EU EPIRB some attempts are done to support beneficiary organisations to harmonise national legislation according to principles of WFD, UWWTD and Floods Directive.

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