Final Evaluation of Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans

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Evaluation Plan:
2018-2021, RBEC
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
05/2021
Completion Date:
05/2021
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
No
Evaluation Budget(US $):
30,000

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Title Final Evaluation of Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans
Atlas Project Number: 00094969
Evaluation Plan: 2018-2021, RBEC
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 05/2021
Planned End Date: 05/2021
Management Response: Yes
UNDP Signature Solution:
  • 1. Sustainable
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2018-2021)
  • 1. Output 2.1.1 Low emission and climate resilient objectives addressed in national, sub-national and sectoral development plans and policies to promote economic diversification and green growth
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
SDG Target
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
  • 6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
  • 6.a By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies
Evaluation Budget(US $): 30,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Peter Whalley Evaluator peterdwhalley@gmail.com
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: Advancing IWRM across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: International Waters
Project Type: FSP
GEF Phase: GEF-6
GEF Project ID: 6962
PIMS Number: 5325
Key Stakeholders: GEF, UNDP
Countries: AZERBAIJANGEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
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Recommendation 1: Establish a functional bilateral commission to provide regional oversight of IWRM activities (in accordance with UNECE Water Convention).  

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Recommendation 2:  Adopt and implement recommendations for specific actions identified in the Project’s Exit Strategy, including:

  • Update national EIA regulations to include e-flow
  • Identify investment sources to upscale national actions and provide maintenance and operation budget for existing pilots, groundwater monitoring etc.
  • Further strengthen inspection and enforcement on environmental regulations
  • Continue with national and regional fora as interim measure until bilateral agreement signed

Continue the exchange of water quality and quantity data between countries of the Kura River

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Recommendation 3: Develop interim support project to continue the regional SAP implementation in preparation for the establishment of an RBO.

Future SAP implementation projects should include activities to assist countries identify long-term sources of finance to fully implement the endorsed SAP.

Future regional projects should identify means to capitalize more on the strong capacity existing in UNDP COs to assist execution. The presence of COs is a significant comparative advantage to facilitate solving any political issues that are beyond the competences of a single project

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