On 3 October took place the 20th meeting of the National Policy Dialogue on water in Armenia. This dialogue marks an important milestone, with the recent revision of the Water Code of Armenia, which brought the country closer to the EU water legislative framework.
The following day, on 4 October, a workshop on Nature-Based Solutions and potential applications for the water sector in Armenia was organized.
Water monitoring surveys took place in Armenia (groundwater), Georgia and Azerbaijan (surface water). For surface waters (rivers, lakes) biological, chemical, and hydro-morphological parameters are monitored in order to determine the ecological status of selected water bodies. The data collected will be a valuable inputs for the River Basin Management Plan of this river basin.
Water and Health
In September 2022, the SarsCov-2 virus was analysed for the first time in wastewater samples from Yerevan, Baku, Tbilisi and Chisinau. On 24 October, EU4Environment Water and Data presented the first results of COVID-19 virus monitoring in wastewater in the EaP countries at the "Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2022" in Brussels.
Ukraine achieved the fifth reporting exercise under the Protocol on Water and Health (November 2021-April 2022). The report (English and Ukrainian) is available here.
Open data missions were organized in the Republic of Moldova and Azerbaijan in October. EU4Environment Water and Data supports the Republic of Moldova in the development of an Integrated Environmental Data System and Azerbaijan in the development of its Portal on environmental data. The aim of open data is to improve the collection, exchange and use of environmental data and information by relevant institutions, as well as facilitate public access to information on environmental data.
A cross-border regional seminar on water accounting was organised on 5-7 October, with the participation of Armenian and Georgian beneficiary institutions. The seminar was conducted in the villages of Natakhtari, Dusheti Municipality of Georgia, and was combined by a training session, a discussion panel, and site visits at critical water infrastructures for drinking water supply and energy generation for Tbilisi agglomeration.
Air quality monitoring
A round table "Clean Air in peace and war time: monitoring air quality in Ukraine" was organised in Ukraine on the occasion of Clean Air Day on 7 September.
Air quality monitoring achievements and challenges in the EaP countries were presented by EU4Environment Water and Data at the 9th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference in Nicosia, Cyrpus. A side-event allowed to showcase Georgian, Ukrainian and Armenian achievements in monitoring air quality.
On the occasion of Clean Up Day in Ukraine, people gathered in Natalka Park on the banks of the Dnipro on Saturday 17 September to raise awareness on water issues. The Ministry of Environment of Ukraine, the State Water Resources Agency of Ukraine, Obolon District State administration in Kyiv, NGO Pochayna and charitable foundations “Native Obolon” and “Via Concordia” organised this event with the support of EU4Environment Water and Data.