Development of Water Law in Georgia

Posted: 2013-06-19

On May 29, 2013, GWP Georgia organised a meeting with NGOs in Tbilisi for a presentation of the draft water law by an expert group. GWP Georgia’s role as a catalyst was recognized by the participants as having improved the water legislation.

The meeting also discussed the recent National Consultations on water in the post-2015 development agenda, organised by GWP Georgia.

More about IWRM in Central Asia and Caucasus in this ToolBox case study.

Organised by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, in cooperation with GWP Georgia and GWP Central Asia and Caucasus, the participants represented the Parliament of Georgia and Europe, UNECE, international organisations, private and non-commercial sector, as well the ministries of Georgia.

The Extended Meeting of the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management, a European Union Water Initiative, also discussed the new water law the following day.

Georgia, situated by the Black Sea, is bordered by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Turkey. In the western part of the country there are low-land marsh-forests, swamps, and temperate rainforests to snow and glaciers, and the eastern part has semi-arid plains. Adaptation of national policies dealing with water supply and sanitation were made after the declaration of independence in the 1990s, but the development of legal instruments for water management is still ongoing. Since 2002, GWP is promoting and supporting the introduction of IWRM in all states of this Central Asian and Caucasus region.

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