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Integrated Water Resources Management - Zayandeh Rud - Iran - Water Management - Capacity Development - BMBF Project - River Basin Organisation - DSS - Implementation [05.11.2019]

IWRM Zayandeh Rud project enters third phase

In Iran, a country characterised by climate change, increasing resource consumption and international sanctions, the sustainable management of water resources is one of the most pressing social issues. Especially in the environmental sector, however, the institutionalisation of new approaches often takes years and is determined by many factors. Since 2010, inter 3 has been supporting the development of an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Iran together with authorities, scientific institutions and companies. The "IWRM Zayandeh Rud" project is now entering the next funding phase.

With this special IWRM measure, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is promoting the development of integrated planning instruments for the sustainable use and adaptation of sustainable water technologies to different climatic, economic and social conditions. The project "IWRM Zayandeh Rud" is one of 13 projects funded worldwide.

The first phase of the project served to get to know the Zayandeh Rud river basin in central Iran, the various user groups and their interests, and to collect and structure important data. In the second phase, instruments and approaches were developed and tested together with the Iranian partners to shape an IWRM process in Iran. In four different modules, the German and Iranian partners are now working in the third phase to put the instruments into practice.

The modules deal with (1) supporting the river basin organisation for Zayandeh Rud and outlining a management plan, (2) establishing the German-Iranian Training Centre for Water and Wastewater Management in the Iranian education sector, (3) implementing a decision support system (DSS) and (4) implementing water-saving measures in large-scale industry. Project partners are the German Association for Water, Sewage and Waste (DWA) and the Technical University of Berlin.