GWP Armenia organized a roundtable devoted to the Kura-Araks River on June 2, 2011, a day designated as the Kura-Araks Rivers Protection Day. The round table was aimed at attracting the attention of participants to the problems of transboundary river basins. The key message of the roundtable was to apply “Common river – Common Opportunities” approaches.
The participants met in Dilijan City on the banks of the transboundary Aghstev River which is a tributary of the Kura-Araks (also a transboundary river). They decided to work toward the establishment of an independent river basin council within the Aghstev River basin so that an integrated basin plan can be implemented. Issues facing the basin include legal frameworks, deforestation, and water quality.
The Kura-Araks and Aghstev basins are located in the arid South Caucasus. Most of the South Caucasus’ population reside in these basins whose waters are essential for household, agricultural, industrial and other purposes. Their importance is reflected in the natural resources protection programs of Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. It was concluded that technical work of water partners could lead to convincing policy makers to adopt IWRM plans at national and even transboundary levels.