SOTK/KVESHI - This project exposes the pressing water challenges in the neighboring South Caucasian countries - post-war Armenia, and conflict-impacted Georgia.


The 'Cost of Water' documentary sheds light on Armenia's deepening water crisis, where an estimated 80% of water resources are lost annually. The film investigates the causes and impacts of this staggering depletion. It encompasses issues stemming from poor water resources management, non-transparent government practices, the challenges exacerbated by climate change, and the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war and Azerbaijan's intrusion into Armenian sovereign territories. These multifaceted factors reshaped Armenia's water security landscape, leaving many communities deprived of both drinking and irrigation water.


The multimedia project in Georgia examines the enduring ramifications of Russian aggression from 1990 to 2008 in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali, highlighting the prevalent challenge of water scarcity. Aliq Media Georgia's investigation reveals the persistent water shortages for drinking and irrigation in Kveshi and Kvemo Artsevi villages near the occupation lines. Following the conflicts, residents grappled with a lack of water access, prompting the creation of self-built wells. Despite limited access to data from state structures, the article adeptly highlights the profound impact of conflicts on environmental preservation and essential human needs.

Photo credit: Liza Torosyan. '​​Kveshi village, Gori, Georgia.'

Team members

Vahe Ohanyan

Vahe Ohanyan is an Armenian documentary producer.

Liza Torosyan

Liza Torosyan is the co-founder of the Georgian-Armenian media platform 'Aliq Media Georgia.'

Tehmine Yenokyan

Tehmine Yenokyan is an Armenian journalist, documentary filmmaker, women's rights and environmental activist.


Nils Hanson

Nils Hanson (Sweden) is an awarded freelance investigative editor.

Nils Hanson
€24.980, allocated on 09/02/2023



  • Armenia
  • Georgia

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