On 21 October 2020, a draft Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Draft Alazani-Iori River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) was presented and discussed in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The Stakeholder Meeting informed key actors engaged in the management of water resources of Georgia about the outcomes of the pilot SEA project. In particular, participants were familiarized with the main features of the draft Alazani-Iori RBMP; the project team presented the key findings and conclusions of the SEA for the draft Alazani-Iori RBMP; participants engaged in discussions on the SEA report and comments were shared with the project team for finalizing the draft SEA report. The event brought together over 35 representatives of relevant governmental institutions, international and donor organizations, NGOs, experts and other stakeholders. The meeting participants were welcomed by Ms. Nino Tandilashvili, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA), Mr. Alexandre Darras, Attaché, Sector Coordinator on Connectivity, Energy, Environment & Climate Change of EU Delegation to Georgia and Mr. Alisher Mamadzhanov, Environmental Affairs Officer, UNECE.
The pilot project will be concluded with the final training on the Application of the SEA for the Water Management Sector and RBMPs to be held in November, 2020.
The pilot project was initiated upon the request of the MEPA and is being implemented with the support of the European Union under the leadership of the UNECE in the framework of the European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership programme. The Georgia’s Environmental Outlook - GEO is the local partner providing support in the implementation of the pilot project. The main objective of the SEA pilot project is to develop capacities of the MEPA to carry out SEAs for RBMPs in view of the plans of the Government of Georgia to transition towards the River Basin Management approach.
Background info: Launched in September 2016 for a duration of four years, the European Union Water Initiative plus for the Eastern Partnership programme (EUWI+) is the biggest commitment of the EU to the water sector in the EaP countries. It supports the six partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) to align their legislation with EU policy on water management, with a focus on transboundary rivers. It provides support to the development of a long-term vision of water sector reforms in the Partner Countries.
The programme is implemented by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and an EU Member state Consortium comprising the Environment Agency Austria (Austria) and the International Office for Water, OiEau (France).