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Current Issue: July 29, 2002
Volume 38, Number 2

UNM joins in transboundary water project

By Steve Carr

UNM is involved in a joint transboundary water quality and quantity monitoring project in the Kura-Araks river basin of the South Caucasus with the former Soviet Republics of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Funding for the program is being sought from the NATO Science for Peace Program, supporting scientific research that foster cooperations among nations.

Michael E. Campana, Ph.D., professor and director of UNM's Water Resources Program, is project director. Tim J. Ward, Ph.D., professor and chair of Civil Engineering, and William Fleming, Ph.D., associate professor of Community and Regional Planning, are also participating.

“Although Armenia and Azerbaijan do not have diplomatic relations, both governments have given their tacit approval to this project,” Campana said. “Azerbaijan is the downstream riparian and is concerned about the quality and quantity of water it receives from Georgia and Armenia. This is a good example of water as a potential agent for peace and cooperation instead of conflict, and NATO recognizes this fact.”