National Consultations on Water in Georgia

The Round Table "National Consultations on Water in the post-2015 development agenda" was held on 11 April 2013 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Round Table was organized by CWP-Georgia and UNDP under support of and in cooperation with UNECE.  27 participants from various organizations at high level attended this round table. During discussions the key national priorities for the sustainable development of water  in Georgia were identified: water resources management, hydropower, irrigation, water supply and sanitation. Plans for improvement situation were presented as well: in order to achieve and maintain the appropriate quality of water resources Georgia intends to replace the existing administration principles in water resource management and introduce the integrated river basin management approach. A new legislation on water is under development to introduce this approach in Georgia.

The areas for future sustainable development targets for water were suggested. As a result of discussions it was considered that today the system of the effective WRM monitoring and reporting system is not in place. The participants of the meeting agreed that a Monitoring and Reporting program for the National IWRM Plan implementation should be developed to keep it on track, to ensure budget allocations are progressing, and other aspects. The reporting should be available to the public.