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 Country description

Following the signing of the EU Association Agreement (fully ratified by Georgia, approved on 18 December 2014 by the EC and entered into force on 1 July 2016), Georgia foresees a period of 10 years in which to harmonize current legislation on water with the Water Framework Directive, in accordance with the following phasing:
 1) harmonization of legislation;
2) monitoring and evaluation of the current situation;
3) classification of water bodies; and
4) preparation of the RBMP.
 Support to preparation of the national Water Law is a priority for the NPD process in Georgia. The new Water Law will provide for water management on a river-basin basis with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection as central competent authority.

 Project Ambition

  • Basin characterisation
  • Monitoring programme
  • Development of water information system
  • Work on Programme of Measures
  • Public consultation and adoption of RBMP
  • System of monitoring of the future implementation of the programme of measures of the formalised RBMPs
  • Develop key pilot measures for programme of measures implementation related to EU Water Directives
  • Strengthening of stakeholder involvement mechanisms for participative RBM Planning
  • Development and support to implementation of a Communication Strategy

 Targeted Results

  • Reviewed / revised GWB delineation and characterisation.
  • Re-delineation of SWBs due to shift to WFD system B,
  • SW Typology reviewed / revised.
  • Revised guidelines to support further national implementation.
  • Reviewed GW and SW risk assessment as basis for the programme of measures and the revision of monitoring networks
  • Harmonisation improvement of Khrami-Debed and Alazani-Iori RBMPs on both side of the border (transboundary working groups).
  • Based on the preliminary assessment, support the refinement of Chorokhi-Ajaristskali RBMP compliant with the WFD and its enlargement to coastal waters.
  • Recommendations about strengthening data management, support to data management and valorisation (web service, process of data valorisation)
  • Support the development of Alazani-Iori and Khrami-Debed RBMP with Programme of Measures compliant with the WFD.
  • Updated and improved national guidelines to be in coherence with the Georgian context.
  • Training program established and implemented for up-scaling pilot experience in the country.
  • Public consultations on RBMPs and other relevant documentation linked to participative RBMPlanning conducted
  • Training session and coaching on animation technics to conduct consultation workshops organised
  • Guidelines on public participation in the relation with the WFD elaborated
  • Dashboard (or other tool) for regular monitoring of Programme of Measures implementation
  • Procedure guidelines
  • PoM draft implementation report
  • Selection of “soft” measures from supplementary measures of the Programme of Measures developed for the Chorokhi-Ajaristskali River Basin
  • Identify the necessary conditions for the implementation of key measures in the Chorokhi-Ajaristskali RBMP and support for the implementation of selected measures.
  • Draw some recommendations applicable to the other RBMPs.
  • Development of practices and progressive institutionalisation of stakeholder involvement mechanisms for implementation of the EU water-related  acquis, IWRM and MEAs
  • Methodological and technical support for stakeholder involvement in River Basin Management Planning provided
  • Communication strategy in place at basin, national and regional scale to efficiently support IWRM among main interested parties and up to the wide public
  • Support implementation of communication activities in line with the strategy (RBC meetings, Awareness raising events,
  • Information materials, Websites, Press-releases, Social media, E-learning, Workshops) at basin, national and regional scale
  • External project communication assured and developed in synergy with the communication strategy implementation
  • Mechanism for sharing information among project partners is developed (e.g. web based EUWIplusEast information exchange platform, online collaboration tools, etc)