Environment in emerging and transition economies

Water Reforms and National Policy Dialogues (NPDs) in Azerbaijan



Year of NPD launch:  2010

Present NPD Chair(s) and strategic partners in the government: Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, State Water Agency (Ministry of Emergencies), Ministry of Economic Development

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

Summary of the main areas of work and achievements.

Priority areas of work and main activities

  • Development of the National Water Strategy for the management of water resources and an action plan its implementation.
  • Harmonisation of water legislation with the EU legislation and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
  • Promotion of transboundary water diplomacy and cooperation with neighbouring Georgia, including the finalisation of a bilateral agreement on the management of shared water resources.
  • Reform of economic instruments for water management in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.


National Policy Dialogues (NPDs)

Several results were achieved through NPD process:

  • The National Water Strategy was drafted.
  • In 2015-2016 national targets under the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health were drafted.
  • A benchmarking study on water utilities has strengthened the capacity of Azeri authorities to monitor the performance of the water supply and sanitation sector.
  • Developments in negotiating a bilateral agreement with Georgia on joint management of the transboundary river basin were achieved.
  • A pilot project was completed for testing the approach of water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in transboundary Alazani river basin.

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

Name of the meeting Date  LoP Agenda Minutes
10th Steering Committee meeting 5-6 April 2023, Baku LoP Agenda (ENG/AZE) Minutes
9th Steering Committee meeting 29 April 2021, Baku  LoP  Agenda Minutes 
8th Steering Committee meeting 12 July 2019, Baku LoP Agenda Minutes
7th Steering Committee meeting 04 July 2018, Baku LoP Agenda Minutes
6th Steering Committee meeting 26 April 2017, Baku LoP Agenda Minutes
5th Steering Committee meeting 25 February 2016, Baku LoP  Agenda Minutes
4th Steering Committee meeting 27 February 2015, Baku LoP Agenda Minutes
3th Steering Committee meeting 23 January 2014, Baku   - Agenda      -
2nd Steering Committee meeting 8 June 2012, Baku LoP Agenda Minutes
1st Steering Committee meeting 12 October 2010, Baku LoP       - Minutes

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