Training workshop materials on Water resource management and sustainable development strategies in arid regions of Central /Western Asia under climate change


1.Sustainable Water Resources Management

2.The Sino-Swiss project_s

3.Groundwater overpumping and control

4.Introduction Groundwater Game

5.Groundwater Modelling

6.PMWIN Example

7.Heihe Groundwater Model_new_s

8.Yanqi Basin

9.Irrigation Calculator




12.workshop-Pan He

13.Water cycle Concept and integrated observation 20170917_part 1

14.Water cycle Concept and integrated observation 20170917_part 2

15.Water cycle Concept and integrated observation 20170917_part 3

16.Water cycle Concept and integrated observation 20170917_part 4

17.satellite observation on snow

18.Ecological and Environmental Monitoring_part1

18.Ecological and Environmental Monitoring_part2

19.Multi-source data Synergized Quantitative remote sensing production system

20.Assessing ecological data in China


The training workshop on Water resource management and sustainable development strategies in arid regions of Central /Western Asia under climate change sponsored by  Ministry of Science and Technology of the People´s Republic of China and the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agent (SDC) will be held at Lanzhou on September 16-30, 2017. The diet, accommodation and international airline tickets of trainees will be covered by local organization committee and SDC. The more detail please refer to the following info:

Time:September 16-30, 2017

Working Language:English

Water scarcity and ecological deterioration problems have become more severe in arid regions in both Central Asia and China’s northwest inland river basins, due to climate change and intensified human activities. The similarity of climate, geological features and water usage between Central Asia and Norwest of China has made it possible to extend our knowledge and experiences of integrated water resources management from years of studies in Heihe river basin to other inland river basins in Central Asia. This will not only benefit scientists and experts from all these countries to learn from each other but also intensify the existing exchanges among the scientific communities so as to benefit much a larger society.

The purpose of this training workshop is targeted at providing knowledge and experiences of integrated water resources management and sustainable development under climate change for young scientists and experts in Central Asian countries. The training will be provided by the Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, CAS and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. The workshop will cover a wide spectrum of topics related to sustainable water resources management in arid regions, including remote sensing technology, eco-hydrological modelling, optimization of the water resources allocation, integrated surface and groundwater modeling, real-time data assimilation for modeling tools, real-time monitoring , modeling and controlling system for groundwater management, and management decision support system for inland river basins.


Date Program and events
Morning Afternoon Evening
2017-9-16 Arrival in Lanzhou Workshop registration Dinner
2017-9-17 Openning speaches of the workshop NIEER’s lectures and Tutorial on Heihe Remote Sensing product (XL)
WK: Sino-Swiss cooperation on “Rehabilitation and management strategy of over-pumped aquifers in a changing climate”
2017-9-18 Sino-Swiss cooperation lectures: Tutorials (WK, YL, BM, LW, HW)
WK: Sustainable groundwater management (0.5 hour) Grounwater game play (3 hours)
WK: Groundwater overpumping and its control (1 hour)
WK & YL: Water balance of Heihe river basin (1 hour)
YL: Introduction to the groundwater game (0.5 hour)
2017-9-19 Sino-Swiss cooperation lectures (WK & BM) Tutorials (WK, LY & BM)
WK: Groundwater modelling (1 hour) GW modelling excises (WK & BM, 1.5 hours)
WK & BM: Heihe groundwater modelling and data assimilation (1.5 hours) YL: Heihe App for water allocation (1.5 hours)
YL: Introduction to the Heihe ShinyApp (0.5 hour)
2017-9-20 Sino-Swiss cooperation lectures: Tutorials (TS & BL)
TS: Irrigation calculator: principles setup and applications (0.5 hour) Irrigation calculator application (TS, 1 hour)
TS: Heihe runoff prediction: principles and applications (1 hour) DischargeApp application to a small canal (BL: 2 hours)
HL: Groundwater level monitoring in China and Heihe river basin (1 hour)
BL: Discharge App, principles, setup & operation (1 hour)
2017-9-21 Sino-Swiss cooperation lectures Tutorials (WK, YL, LW, HW)
WK & YL: Yanqi Basin Box Model (1 hour) Water allocation planning with the box model (WK & YL, 2 hours)
YL: Multi-ojective optimization (1 hour)
2017-9-22 PH: Groundwater management in China: current situation and challenge (1 hour) (XL) CAS lectures and Tutorial on Remote Sensing product (QL)
CAS lectures and Tutorial on Remote Sensing product (QL)
2017-9-23 Discussion Panel: Central/West Asian water resources problems, each participants 5-10 min presentation Discussion Panel: possible approaches and solutions for improving Cenral Asian water resources management
2017-9-24 Break
2017-9-25 Traveling to Zhangye, and arrival in Zhangye
26-28/09/2017 Visit Luotuocheng Groundwater smart card system and surface canal monitoring stations, DischargeAPP demonstration, NIEER monitoring stations, groundwater level monitoring system etc.
2017-9-29 Travel back from Zhangye to Lanzhou
2017-9-30 Training certificate issuing Departure from Lanzhou
XL: Xin Li
WK: Wolfgang Kinzelbach
QL: Qinhuo Liu
HL: Haitao Li
YL: Yu Li
BM: Beatrice Marti
BL: Beat Lüthi
TS: Tobias Siegfried
HW: Haijing Wang
LW: Lu Wang
PH: Pan He

Organizer: Northwest Eco-Environment and Resources Institute, CAS

Coorganizer: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich

Chairman: Prof. Xin Li

Tel: 0931-4967249

Fax: 0931-4967250


Address: Lanzhou

Postcode: 730000

Global Conference “G-WADI more than a decade enhancing water and sustainable development for arid regions”

After a decade of actions, the G-WADI global network held a commemorative Conference to highlight its 10 years’ achievements and  focused on preparing the new goals and agenda for the coming years. The theme of the Conference was: “G-WADI: More than a decade enhancing water and sustainable development for arid regions”. The Global Conference was held in the Foreign Experts Building, Beijing, October 25-27, 2016. The lecture materials and photos can be downloaded via the following linkages:

Dr Wouter Buytaert, Imperial College, Presentation of the G-WADI strategy position paper

Dr Abdou Ali, Agrhymet, G-WADI Sub-Saharan African Secretariat

Dr Gabriel Mancilla, CAZALAC, G-WADI LAC Secretariat

Dr Nikola Zlatanovic, Institute for the Development of Water Resources, G-WADI Southern European Secretariat

Dr Xiaoduo Pan, Chinese Academy of Sciences, G-WADI Asian Secretariat

Prof Abdin Salih, University of Khartoum, Sudan, Outcomes of the G-WADI Advisory Committee Meeting 17-18 February 2016 in Khartoum

Prof Shakeel Ahmed, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, India, Contribution of advanced geophysics in ascertaining groundwater sustainability in semiarid crystalline rock aquifers in India

Dr Koen Verbist, UNESCO-IHP (TBC)

Prof Soroosh Sorooshian, University of California, Irvine, USA

Prof Howard Wheater, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Prof Cheikh Becaye Gaye, Department of Hydrology, University of Dakar, Senegal

Ms Pauline Mufeti, Namibia Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Namibia

Dr Yi Zheng, Peking University & South University of Science and Technology of China

Dr Mohammad-Hossein Jafari, Khorasan Razavi Regional Water Authority, Iran

Dr Gil Mahe, FRIEND, HSM, France

Dr Ali Chavosian, IDI, RCUWM, Iran

Prof Filomeno A. Marchena, Advisor Sustainable Water Technology and Innovation WEB Aruba NV, Aruba

Dr Anthony Kiem, from the University of Newcastle, Australia, Supplementing the instrumental record with palaeoclimate data, climate model data and satellite data to improve understanding and management of drought in Australasia

Prof Liu Cheng, ISI, IRTCES, China

Ms Daniela Benedicto van Dalen, IGRAC, The Netherlands

Prof Qingyun Duan, Beijing Normal University

Prof Dawen Yang, Tsinghua University

Prof Qinhuo Liu, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), CAS

Prof Li Jia, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), CAS

Prof Toshio Koike, ICHARM, Japan

Prof Xin Li, CAREERI, CAS, China

Dr Wouter Buytaert, Imperial College, UK

Dr Juan Carlos Centeno Alvarez, National Water Commision of Mexico

Dr Shakeel Ahmed, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, India, SDG for Water is achievable with scientific inputs and decision making byfarmers with Agri-change

Dr Yi Zheng, Peking University & South University of Science andTechnology of China

Dr Lars Ribbe, Institute for Technology and Resources Management (ITT), IntegratedLand and Water Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, Germany. Water security and climate extremes – bringing big data into action


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Download the World Water Development Report 2015, Water for a Sustainable World

The WWDR 2015 demonstrates how water resources and services are essential to achieving global sustainability. Taking account of economic growth, social equity and environmental sustainability, the report’s forward-looking narrative describes how major challenges and change factors in the modern world will affect – and can be affected by – water resources, services and related benefits. The report provides a comprehensive overview of major and emerging trends from around the world, with examples of how some of the trend‐related challenges have been addressed, their implications for policy‐makers, and further actions that can be taken by stakeholders and the international community.

Links from the UNESCO site:

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Materials for global G-WADI and 5th Asian G-WADI meeting, Sep. 20, 2013

The 5th Asian G-WADI meeting as well as a global G-WADI meeting was held in the Foreign Experts Building, Beijing, September 20, 2013.  Total 31 participants include representative members from 9 Asian members (China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam) and Oman as well as representatives of UNESCO Offices (Bangkok/Beijing/New Delhi/Tehran/Paris/Santiago), and Prof. Abdin Salih and Prof. Soroosh Sorooshian.

Some presentations available for public can be find below.

1 G-WADI a decade – Remarks and way forward G-WADI Network from Prof. Abdin Salih (Abdin-The International Workshop on Remote Sensing and Ecohydrology in Arid Regions)

2 Sub-Saharan African G-WADI, prof. Cheikh B. Gaye (GWADISSA -Beijing1)

3 Asian G-WADI activities, Prof. Zhuotong Nan (5th asian gwadi)

4 Managing water resources in arid and semi-arid regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Koen Verbist (MWAR-LAC_GWADI)

5 Consensual precipitation and discharge seasonal forecasts in West-Africa, Dr. Abdou ALI (AGRHYMET_GWADI_Beijing)

6 Hard rock aquifers in semi-arid region of Krishna Basin, India, Prof. S. Ahmed (EHP_ASIANGWADI)

7 Integrated water resources management in critical arid basin of Iran, Ms. S. Hoda Rahmati (Rahmati-Jafari-GWADI-final)

8 Introduction to Data Center for Cold and Arid Region Sciences, prof. Zhuotong Nan (intro to westdc)

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Global G-WADI and 5th Asian G-WADI Meeting – Statement

Representatives of the Global/Asian/African/Arab and Latin American G-WADI Regional Secretariat and Asian G-WADI members countries from 9 Asian members (China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam) and Oman as well as representatives of UNESCO Offices (Bangkok/Beijing/New Delhi/Tehran/Paris/Santiago), and Prof. Abdin Salih and Prof. Soroosh Sorooshian, Members of the Global Advisory Group of G-WADI, met in Beijing, China on 20th September 2013.

Resulting from an intensive and interactive process, the participants:

  1. Extended special thanks and appreciation to our host “CAREERI”, Prof Xin Li, Prof. Zhuotong Nan and their team, Institute of Atmospheric Physics Team and UNESCO Offices in Bangkok/Beijing/New Delhi/Tehran, for the opportunity provided to attend and benefit from the International workshop on remote sensing and eco-hydrology in arid regions and Dr William Logan, Deputy Director, International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), “under the auspices of UNESCO”, for supporting the Global G-WADI meeting along with this workshop;
  2. Underlined the urgent need for UNESCO Offices in the regions of Africa, Arab, Asia, Latin America and respective G-WADI secretariats wherever they exist, to draw-up mechanisms for effective coordination as per the attached Terms of Reference; the experience of the Asian case could be shared with other regional members for their reference;
  3. Emphasized an urgent need for an improved communication between and amongst the member states, Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI secretariat, UNESCO field offices and requested establishing a communication mechanism that is efficient, frequent and dynamic. This may include an e-newsletter, and an e-discussion group.
  4. Declared their firm intention to work together to enhance the visibility and outreach of the Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI networks—the existing web site of Global and Asian G-WADI could be served as model to other members—and also invite other members to use available web page facilities to contribute national/regional news and reports;
  5. Emphasized developing joint research initiatives in areas identified as common concerns for members of Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI;
  6. Committed themselves as members of the Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin American G-WADI to convince their governments and policy makers to prioritize water resources of the arid and semi-arid regions of their countries/region. This may include contacting their planners and policy makers to secure funding from governments and other bilateral funding sources for pilot basins and other activities and providing successes in this direction to the respective G-WADI secretariats and UNESCO;
  7. Called upon UNESCO Headquarters to allocate sufficient seed resources, and  to assist all  regional G-WADI Networks to generate additional resources for their activities;
  8. Requested UNESCO Regional/Cluster Offices in Africa, Arab, Asia, and Latin America to assist their respective G-WADI network to prepare in coordination with the G-WADI secretariat a plan of action on funding mechanism;
  9. Expressed its commitment to contribute to implementation of IHP VIII activities in coordination with IHP networks and regional settings, in consideration of the priority areas under the IHP VIII (2014-2021) “Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges” and particularly theme III, Addressing Water Scarcity and Quality and other related themes.
  10. Welcomed the interest expressed by the Belgrade, Serbia-based Category 2 Center for “Water for Sustainable Development and Adaptation to Climate Change”, under the auspices of UNESCO, to join the G-WADI programme and, with the help of Programme Secretariat, will work to formulate its roles and responsibilities as a networking organization in Southeast Europe between now and  the next meeting;
  11. Appreciated the efforts of Asian G-WADI in jointly publishing a special issue for G-WADI in International Journal of Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions with research outputs from all regional networks;
  12. Requested CAREERI, Chinese Academy of Sciences to continue supporting the Asian G-WADI Secretariat for another three years and appreciate the desire of Iran and India to host Secretariat next term. The new management setup will be Coordinator of Asian G-WADI group from CAREERI and four Co-coordinator each one from Almaty, Beijing, New Delhi, and Tehran Cluster Countries. From UNESCO side coordinated by Mr Jayakumar with the support from Officers from Almaty, Beijing, New Delhi and Tehran UNESCO Cluster Offices.
  13. Welcomed two new member countries from Asia such as Thailand and Vietnam to be part of Asian G-WADI group now officially Asian G-WADI represented by 13 Countries (Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam) in addition requested UNESCO New Delhi to coordinate with IHP Nepal to become member for Asian G-WADI.

Beijing, P.R. China

20 September 2013