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On 9 September 2020, water monitoring experts from Armenia and Georgia collected samples at different monitoring sites along the transboundary Debeda river to carry out a simultaneous field survey and harmonise their environment monitoring.

 

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EUWI+ Joint Field Survey between Armenia and Georgia © Zurab Jincharadze for EUWI+

 

17 sampling sites on both sides of the border

Hydrobiologists and chemists from the Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Centre in Armenia and the National Environment Agency in Georgia participated in the field survey.

In total, 17 sampling sites were investigated (7 in Georgia, 10 in Armenia). Both teams used the same standard sampling protocol and EUWI+ surface water sampling manual as a first step to increase comparability of collected data.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey had to be undertaken simultaneously along the river, as the experts could not cross the border, as originally planned.

 

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EUWI+ Joint Field Survey between Armenia and Georgia © Zurab Jincharadze for EUWI+

 

Joint field survey to collect comparable data in transboundary river basins

Joint field surveys contribute to the comparability of monitoring, which is important in transboundary river basins. The aim of comparing and calibrating the results of monitoring activities is to harmonise approaches for sampling and analysis in the laboratory.

 

1Chichkhan river Trchkan waterfall v Shirakamut

EUWI+ Joint Field Survey between Armenia and Georgia © Armenian experts for EUWI+

 

Towards integrated water resources management in transboundary river basins

Joint field surveys can significantly support coordinated management of water resources in transboundary river basins.

Surveys of this kind provide ideal platforms to share experiences and best practices between neighbouring countries. They are a first step towards the inter-calibration of national ecological status classification systems (ESCS) for harmonised status assessments of rivers, lakes and coastal and transitional water bodies.

The survey was organised in the scope of a bilateral monitoring agreement between both states that is being updated in the scope of the EUWI+ project.

 

21Chichkhan river Trchkan waterfall v Shirakamut

EUWI+ Joint Field Survey between Armenia and Georgia, Chichkhan river, Trchkan waterfall (v. Shirakamut) © Armenian experts for EUWI+