G-WADI organizes Training Workshop on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones

On the initiative of UNESCO’s Tehran Office and IHP Iran, the Regional G-WADI Training Workshop on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources Management in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones was held in Tehran, Iran from 20 to 21 June 2011 with the presence of Chair of IHP Intergovernmental Council, Prof Soontak Lee; Chairman of the Iranian National IHP Committee and Deputy Minister of Water and Waste Water Affairs, Ministry of Energy, I.R. of Iran, Mr Attarzade; Secretary General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, Dr Saeidabadi; Deputy Minister of Jihad Agriculture, Dr Salajaghe; Director of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, Mr. Qunli Han; members of the Iranian National IHP Committee and representatives from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan. The Workshop covered the following themes:

  • 20 June

Opening Ceremony
Session 1: Monitoring and Modeling Climate Change

  • 21 June

Session 2: Impacts of Climate Change: dealing with uncertainty)
Session 3: Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change
Session 4: Introducing International Initiatives and Activities of UNESCO in Iran

The Workshop was followed by the 4th Meeting of the Asian G-WADI Network attended by representatives from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan, the Chairman of IHP Intergovernmental Council, Prof Lee, members of the Iranian National IHP Committee, UNESCO staff from Almaty and Tehran Offices as well as representatives from Iranian Universities who met in Tehran, Iran, on 22nd June 2011. Officially opened by Prof Lee, the Chair of IHP Intergovernmental Council, the new directions of the G-WADI Programme as well as report of Asian G-WADI activities were reviewed. Very interesting discussions took place around the country reports presented by participating countries, which further underlined the need to improve networking and capacity building activities. The countries welcomed Iran’s initiative to develop concrete project proposals for joint collaboration of two or more of Asian G-WADI countries. In this respect, two project proposals were presented by IHP Iran for which the countries agreed to further review the proposal on “Creation of Landform, Land use, Land cover and Soil erosion maps using a GIS and Remote Sensing Protocol at the regional scale” and provide feedbacks. The participating countries also concluded to develop a publication under IHP series on “Lessons learnt from Integrated Watershed Management in the Asian G-WADI Countries”. They also stressed on the need to exchange technical visits among the Asian G-WADI Pilot Basins. The meeting was closed by adopting an unanimous statement.

On 23 June, participants had a technical visit to Taleghan-Hashtgerd G-WADI Pilot Basin as a Post-Workshop Technical Tour.

TKWRM 2012: International Conference on Traditional Knowledge for Water Resources Management, Yazd, Iran, 21- 23 February 2012

Dear colleagues,

The International Conference on Traditional Knowledge for Water Resources Management will be held in Yazd, Iran, from 21C 23 February 2012.

This conference is another important step initiated by ICQHS and UNESCO Tehran to collect and document traditional knowledge available on water resources management from around the globe while providing a forum for presenting new views on the topic. There is a wealth of traditional knowledge in management of water resources that can lessen common errors in policy, technical and managerial practices while enlightening valuable hints to those in seek of new approaches.

Alongside the event, the eminent “International Qanats Club” will be launched using the opportunity of having senior experts in Qanats sciences. Those scientists honored to join the Qanats Club will be given a certificate and formally become a member of the Club. The members of the club will be long-term partners of ICQHS to further pursue its mandate in advancing the knowledge of Qanats and capacity-building for the Qanats know-how.

Moreover the conference will be a place for interested scientists to share their ideas and establish long-term collaborations for study and research on Historic Hydraulic Structures.

  • Conference Themes:

Theme I: Sustainability of Traditional Water Management systems and coping with emerging challenges, i.e. changing climate, food security
Theme II: Traditional practices in community participation and level of decision-making in water resources management
Theme III: The Role of Culture in Water Resources Management

  • Important Dates:

Deadline for sending abstracts: July 30th, 2011
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: September 30th, 2011
Deadline for sending full paper: October 30th, 2011

  • Fellowships and contact information:

There are limited fellowships for waiver of registration fee and coverage of international travel expenses for participants/experts coming from least developed and developing countries.

For further information please visit the Conference website (tkwrm.icqhs.org),and/or contact the Conference secretariat at:

International Centre on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures
P.O. Box: 89165 C 1553
Daneshjoo Blvd., Yazd ,Iran

Tel:  (+98) 351 825 05 53
(+98) 351 825 83 93
Fax: (+98) 351 824 16 90
E-mail : icqhs@yahoo.com

Please help to send the Conference information to those who might be interested!

pdf version: TKWRM2012 Brochure (EN)