Two workshops were held in October 2012. Phase 1 workshop which was held in Tajikistan for (i) sector assessment to identify and prioritize key challenges in the water resources sector and (ii) development of water resources sector strategy to propose solutions, (iii) criteria to select potential investmen projects and (iv) discussion on draft outputs.
The participants (NGOs and officials from MLRWR) were able to come up with a consensus on the prioirty subsectors to be the core of the water resources sector assessment and strategy, key isues to be addressed in these sub-sectors and (iii) when addressing issues IWRM and river basin management should be considered.
A phase 2 workshop was held in Kyrgyz Republic which aimed to identify 11 subprojects out of which 3 were identified as priority investment subprojects. The 8 subprojects will reviewed as there may be some subprojects that may be included in the list.
A high level International Conference on Water Cooperation was held in Tajikistan from 20 to 21 August 2013. The main purpose of the Conference, is to promote dialogue and mutual understanding and to strengthen the partnership and cooperation on water issues among all stakeholders at all levels. The TA supported a session on water cooperation and sectoral synergies discussing the water-food-energy nexus and need for implementing integrated water resource management approaches for sustainable development in the region and beyond.
A TA review mission was fielded from 26 to 29 August 2013 for Azerbaijan. The mission and the government agreed that the TA be extended, the TOR and scope of work for the consultants be revised to incorportate the ground realities and phase 1 and phase 2 implementation strategy should be combined to achieve better results in a timely manner. The Review Mission to Azerbaijan was last fielded in May 2015.
Following the Stakeholders Consultation Workshop in October 2014, the consultants prepared a draft final report on developing Water Resources Sector Strategies for Azerbaijan in December 2014. The latest draft of the document is currently being reviewed by the Government of Azerbaijan and ADB.
The TA completion date has been extended to 31 December 2015.