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Integrated Water Resource Management as well as Technology and Know-how Transfer for Iran's Water Supply and Distribution - water resource management

Integrated water resource management in Isfahan (Iran)

Brücke in Isfahan

The Zayandeh Rud, Central Iran’s most important river, provides 4.5 million people with water and at the same time assures the supply to Iran’s second largest industrial region. Its catchment area provides a good example of the increasing competition for water between agriculture, industry and growing cities, and the problems resulting from this. Integrated water resource management (IWRM) makes a significant contribution to solving these problems. The aim of the project is to bring sustainable water management to this region seriously affected by water scarcity.

Led by inter 3, a consortium of scientists and companies is developing an implementable concept for integrated water resource management. The project, to be completed by 2013, is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). inter 3, ISOE, DHI-WASY, IEEM (University Witten/Herdecke), p2m berlin, PASSAVANT & WATEC und German Water Partnership for Iranian Water Managment will develop and make available appropriate technologies and required know-how for sustainable resource management.

Water management Decision System for the Zayandeh Rud Catchment Area

The project is divided into three phases. In the first phase the current water management situation in the Zayandeh Rud catchment area will be analysed. This analysis will incorporate environmental as well as socio-economic factors. Following on from this, the group will develop Management Tools for sustainable water resource management. Together with experts from the Iranian energy and water ministry and the Isfahan water authority, the technologies and management strategies tested in Germany will be adapted to the requirements in Iran. The results will be brought together via knowledge maps in a standardised IWRM Decision System.

In the second phase the long term interactions between ground water use, water quality and climate change will also be investigated in more depth.

For the third phase a results transfer in semi-arid regions in Central Asia is intended.

Project name:

Integrated Water Resource Management including the required transfer of technology and know-how


Tamara Nuñez von Voigt

Tel.: +49(0)30 34 34 74 47


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


ISOE IEEM (Universität Witten/Herdecke) p2m berlin DHI-WASY Passavant Roediger German Water Partnership

Location: Berlin/Isfahan

Duration: 2010 - 2013