Trans Boundary River Management for the Kura River Basin – Phase III

The overall objective of this regional EU-funded project is to improve water quality in the Kura River.
Sector Natural Environment (Water and Environment)
CountryGeorgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia (Europe)


The specific project objectives are identified by keeping the EU global approach to water resource management in the region in mind and taking into consideration the importance of the Kura River and its tributaries for the three beneficiary countries. They are based on the results achieved by the previous phase of the "Trans-Boundary River Management for the Kura River Basin-Phase II" (implemented by EPTISA), whose objectives they intend to expand. The project will also provide assistance in building up capacity in the countries to approach the water management in an integrated way and creating the conditions needed for the implementation of specific requirements of the EU WFD.

The project area covers this part of the Kura-Aras river basin that belongs to the territory of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. People there were the end-beneficiary of the project getting improved water quality and a better status of the ecosystem.

The purpose of this contract is twofold:

1) Support the establishment of a trans-national common approach to water quality assessment in the Kura river basin which would improve integrated water resources management in the longer term.

2) Develop the national capacities needed for trans-boundary integrated water resources management in the Kura river basin.


The tasks intended to achieve the specific project objectives were divided into four project components.

  • Component 1. Establishment of a common approach to water quality assessment:
  1. Elaboration and adoption by Partner Countries of a common water quality assessment approach based on the EU Water Framework Directive
  2. Revision and assessment of the existing information and water quality approaches in the three countries.
  • Component 2. Institutional technical assistance and Training on EU WFD to governmental institutions.
  1. Support the harmonisation of specific sectoral legislation
  2. Development of methodologies and procedures for the proposed common water quality assessment approach.
  3. Training activitieson water quality assessment and monitoring, laboratory analyses in the field of chemical analyses, etc.
  • Component 3. Joint field survey aimed at applying the proposed water quality assessment approach
  • Component 4. Coordination with other EU environmental projects in the Caucasus.