IOM Azerbaijan speeds up rehabilitation of ancient kahrizes

  • IOM Azerbaijan is continuing restoration works with the use of horizontal and vertical drilling rigs in the Gozlu kahriz located in the village of Ahmadagali of Aghdam region.

The introduction of new technologies has accelerated rehabilitation works. At the same time, repair works are being carried out at the Chinarli and Heyvali kahrizes, located in the Ahmadagali village and used by residents of the neighboring villages of Kolgishlag and Banovshalar.

“Integrated Rural Development for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Communities in Azerbaijan through Revitalization of the Kahriz Water Supply System” project, financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) aims to provide safe and consistent water supplies for over 8,000 families in eight districts through the renovation of 40 kahrizes – a traditional, sustainable water supply system.

The project’s overall objective is to contribute to the prevention of forced economic migration by enhancing access of rural communities in Azerbaijan to energy free water resources as a means to increase agriculture productivity and livelihoods through provision of water infrastructure, by providing opportunities for income generating activities in link with Kahriz renovation. The project continues to implement a community-driven approach, paying specific attention to cross-cutting issues such as gender, governance and environmental sustainability.

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