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Exploratory study "Integrated Water Resource Management in Isfahan: Zayandeh Rud catchment area (Iran)" - water resource management

Integrated water resource management in Isfahan (Iran)

In many southern countries water is a scarce commodity. Different demands and increasing competition between rural regions and growing cities, agriculture and industry call for Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM). An exploratory study, led by inter 3 and in collaboration with the ISOE and the practice partner p2m berlin will be carried out in the Zayandeh Rud catchment area. It will investigate how an IWRM concept can contribute to improving the water management situation.

The project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the ideas competition for the preparation of projects falling within the funding scope of "Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Including Necessary Technology and Know-how Transfers".

Objective: Sustainable water usage in the Zayandeh Rud catchment area

The IWRM concept adopts a holistic approach. Sustainable water usage that is socially fair and economically justifiable is promoted through integrated water planning. Using the example of Isfahan, the study asks the questions, what are the possibilities of a situation-specific IWRM, what restrictions exist, and how can these be overcome?

With its source in the Zagros Mountains, the Zayandeh Rud contains more water than any other river in Central Iran. Nevertheless, the management of the water resource in the catchment area has become a source of conflict between different parties – a conflict which has become exacerbated in recent years.

The city water supplies, the large steel rolling mills, and the irrigation-dependent agriculture all have high water demands. Consequently the wetland of Gav Khuni, recognised internationally as such under the Ramsar Convention, does not receive enough water. Furthermore, the diverse water usages result in significant water quality problems.

An appropriate IWRM concept is being developed together with the Iranian water authorities that will set a good example for other regions to follow.

Project name:
Integrated Water Resource Management in Isfahan

Tamara Nuñez von Voigt
Tel.: +49(0)30 34 34 74 47

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Funding scope: "Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)"

Practice partner:
p2m berlin GmbH
Berlinwasser Gruppe (Berlin Water Group)

Science partner:
Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung (ISOE) GmbH

Location: Berlin/Isfahan (Iran)

Duration: Oktober 2004 – Mai 2005