Environment in emerging and transition economies

Water Reforms and National Policy Dialogues (NPDs) in Georgia



Year of NPD launch:  2011

Present NPD Chair(s) and strategic partners in the government: Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection

Source of NPD funding: European Union, Government of Finland, OSCE

Summary of the main areas of work and achievements.

Priority areas of work and main activities

  • Institutional reforms for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the view of approximation of EU water legislation, including the preparation of a National Water Law.
  • Ratification of the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health and adoption of national water and health targets.
  • Strengthening transboundary water cooperation with Armenia and Azerbaijan.


National Policy Dialogues (NPDs)

The National Policy Dialogue started in Georgia in September 2010 with meetings of the UNECE Water Convention secretariat with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources and other stakeholders. The Memorandum of Understanding on the NPD implementation was signed by the Ministry of Environment Protection and UNECE in October 2011. Key achievements of NPDs are:

  • A national water law was developed and it introduces the river basin management approach according to EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) and clarifies the roles of state institutions.
  • A review of economic instruments for water management was conducted in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.

The following meetings and missions have been taking place to assist Georgia in NPD process:

Name of the meeting Date and Place LoP Agenda Minutes
9th Steering Committee meeting 6-7 December 2022, Tblisi LoP Agenda Minutes
8th Steering Commitee meeting 31 May 2021, Tblisi Lop Agenda Minutes
7th Steering Committee meeting  05 March 2020, Tblisi LoP Agenda Minutes
6th Steering Committee meeting 02 October 2018, Tbilisi     Minutes
5th Steering Committee meeting 11 April 2017, Tbilisi LoP Agenda Minutes
4th Steering Committee meeting 05 April 2016, Tbilisi LoP Agenda  Minutes
3rd Steering Committee meeting 23 February 2015, Tbilisi LoP Agenda -
2nd Steering Committee meeting 30 May 2013, Tbilisi LoP Agenda Minutes
1st Steering Committee meeting 11 June 2012, Tbilisi LoP Agenda Minutes

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