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Projects Water Management

Digital professional development and networking: decentralized wastewater management in Iran

Decentralized wastewater treatment plants provide an important contribution to the building of the wastewater infrastructure in Iran’s rural areas. Together with ATB WATER, inter 3 is developing a digital LEARN HOUSE to provide further training offers for Iranian specialists....more

IWRM Zayandeh Rud - Implementation Phase

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Iran faces enormous water management challenges and needs solutions, especially for the Zayandeh Rud River, which is threatened by water shortage. The third phase of the "IWRM Zayandeh Rud" project, the implementation phase, is now mainly concerned with the implementation of concrete measures, the foundations of which were developed in the first two project phases since 2010....more

Innovation Forum for SMEs: Sustainable Utility Partnerships 4.0

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At the heart of the Sustainable Utility Partnerships 4.0 project is the idea of opening up opportunities for German water and wastewater utility operators to become more involved internationally through the targeted development of "Water 4.0" technologies. ...more

Research for preventing industrial microplastics emission

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The EmiStop project analyses methods and technologies for measuring and preventing microplastics emission from industrial wastewater into surface water. inter 3 structures and compares optimization strategies developed in the project and prepares recommendations for industrial users....more

Elimination of micro-pollutants in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants (ZeroTrace)

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Worldwide, 50 million organic chemical compounds are circulating, 5,000 of which are regarded as potentially harmful to the environment. Germany has a lot of industrial agglomerations, and wastewater and water bodies are often heavily contaminated. Almost every household and industry is connected to a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), but these are often not designed to handle contamination with pharmaceutical residues and organic trace substances. The BMBF-funded ZeroTrace project aims at developing new processes for eliminating micro-pollutants in municipal and industrial WWTPs....more

ZiBiKli: Target group-specific education modules for implementing climate change adaptation measures in river basins

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Torrential rain, severe storms, or long-lasting heat-waves: Local effects of climate change have become more and more noticeable and pose manifold challenges for involved parties and local decision-makers. In comparison with climate protection, climate adaptation attracts less public and municipal attention. With the aim of strengthening the implementation of existing adaptation concepts and recommended actions, inter 3 develops target group-specific education modules....more

Iran-Water: Making German-Iranian cooperation in the water sector successful

What is the condition of the water and wastewater infrastructure in Iran? What potential does Iran offer for German SMEs in the water and sanitation sector? What conditions of the Iranian water sector need German SMEs take into account for their activities in Iran? These questions are at the center of the research project " Iran-Water: Making German-Iranian cooperation in the water sector successful" which was launched in June 2016....more

CIRMin: Increased Resilience of Critical Infrastructures

How does a blackout impact on water supply systems and how can their complete breakdown be avoided? These questions are in the focus of the research project "KIRMin – Kritische Infrastruktur-Resilienz als Mindestversorgungskonzept” (CIRMin – Critical Infrastructures Resilience as a Minimum Supply Concept)....more

Sustainable land use strategies for climate change adaptation in the lower reaches of the Zayandeh Rud River in Iran

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The Roodasht region, in the lower reaches of the Zayandeh Rud river in Central Iran, suffers extraordinarily from water stress due to climate change and intense resource use. This does not only put the livelihood of local farmers at risk, but also the sensitive ecological balance if the desert continues to spread. In this International Climate Initiative (IKI) project, inter 3 and GIZ investigate suitable solutions....more


Public bathing areas are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to public pools. According to the EU Bathing Water Directive, however, bathing water quality is monitored only once a month. This means sudden pollution of waters cannot be detected. This is the starting point of the FLUSSHYGIENE (Hygiene in Rivers) project that started in June 2015. In this project, inter 3 analyses possible conflicting interests using the Spree in suburban Berlin as an example, where the opening of public bathing areas is envisaged....more

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