On October 30 and 31, IGRAC carried out the International Training Course on Monitoring for Regional and Transboundary Groundwater Management at the UNDP Azerbaijan Country Office in Baku, Azerbaijan. This training was co-organised with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with a kind support of the Governments of Azerbaijan and Georgia and within the framework of the UNDP-GEF Kura Project.
The 2-days training course brought together national groundwater experts from Azerbaijan and Georgia to review the state of groundwater monitoring in the region, and to introduce the Global Groundwater Monitoring Network (GGMN) programme and its practical implementation in the Alazani-Iori basin. The workshop addressed the importance of informed groundwater management and groundwater monitoring considering the regional context, and intended to build synergies and strengthen regional cooperation. Specific technical content included the time series analysis and statistical data processing methods.
This groundwater component is part of the overarching UNDP-GEF Kura Project “Advancing Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) across the Kura river basin through implementation of the transboundary agreed actions and national plans”, which aims to guide national groundwater experts from Azerbaijan and Georgia to to conduct an agreed assessment of shared resources, and to provide a harmonized online data management system for groundwater monitoring to support the improvement of capacities of relevant responsible bodies in both countries, with the objective of facilitating the management of the Alazani-Iori transboundary aquifer.