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8th Asian G-WADI & 2nd IDI Expert Group Meetings

2019-09-16T13:37:35+04:30 16th January, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Participating Countries /Organizations: 20 experts from 12 countries,

Number of Participants: 200 ,

Number of Female Participants: 86

Main Objectives

8th Asian G-WADI Meeting Objectives:

  • Increase regional cooperation for sustainable development of arid and semi-arid zones
  • Sharing national/regional experiences in groundwater management and finding solutions for sustainable groundwater harvest/extraction;
  • Providing information on current UNESCO-IHP programmes in relation to groundwater management and water management in arid zones (G-WADI);
  • Networking among the groundwater institutions and specialists with regional water policy making authorities;
  • Sharing knowledge on adaptation to water scarcity; strategies and approaches.

2nd IDI Expert Group Meeting Objectives:

  • To develop synergies between the two programs of UNESCO, namely International Drought Initiative (IDI) and UNESCO […]

“International Training Workshop on Adaptation to Water Scarcity and Basin-connected Cities” 8th Asian G-WADI & 2nd IDI Expert Group Meetings

2019-09-30T16:58:16+04:30 23rd December, 2018|

“International Training Workshop on Adaptation to Water Scarcity and Basin-connected Cities”
8th Asian G-WADI & 2nd IDI Expert Group Meetings

Two international training workshops entitled as “Adaptation to Water Scarcity” and “Basin-connected Cities” were held as side events of the 2nd International Drought Initiative (IDI) expert group meeting and the 8th Asian G-WADI meeting in Mashhad, Iran, by Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM-Tehran) under the auspices of UNESCO, Science Department of Iran National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM), UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office (UTCO) and under the UNESCO-IHP framework, on 10th to 12th […]

Tehran’s drastic sinking exposed by satellite data

2019-10-08T11:57:07+04:30 3rd December, 2018|

Tehran’s drastic sinking exposed by satellite data

Now, detailed satellite images reveal the extent of the problem, including that some parts of the Iranian capital are falling by as much as 25 centimetres a year, and that the collapse is spreading to encompass the city’s international airport . Geoscientists Mahdi Motagh and Mahmud Haghshenas Haghighi, both at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, used satellite data to monitor subsidence across the Tehran region between 2003 and 2017.
Previous work had shown that Tehran […]

Development of a Multivariate Standardized Index (Rainfall-Runoff) For Drought Frequency Analysis

2019-09-04T01:49:40+04:30 19th November, 2018|


Publication: “Development of a Multivariate Standardized Index (Rainfall-Runoff) For Drought Frequency Analysis

Abstract:

Drought is one of the catastrophic events which has always imposed a huge socio-economic damage. Pro-active approaches such as drought risk management, drought risk mapping and monitoring have a high priority compare to reactive approaches and crisis management in order to minimize drought damages. In this paper, a standardized multivariate drought index (MSDI) using rainfall-runoff data (1972-2010) has been developed based on the concept of Copula for Rasht Basin in Guilan Province in the north of Iran next to Caspian Sea as well as Lake Urmia Basin […]

Toward Blue-Green Plan in Taleghan City

2019-09-04T01:50:04+04:30 18th November, 2018|


Publication: “Toward Blue-Green Plan in Taleghan City”

Date: September, 2018

Abstract:

Urban planning is a process, concerned with determining different urban mechanisms and land use, considering widespread aspects of cities and human settlements, including components like infrastructure, environment, water, and air. Unfortunately, water as one of the most vital aspects of urban planning, has not directly been considered in Iran cities’ comprehensive master plan. Therefore a lack of “Water Comprehensive Master Plan” is of obvious. For example, water in Tehran’s Comprehensive Master Plan (2007) has been mentioned only by green zones, indicating greeneries and water […]

Training Workshop: Water Sensitive Urban Design, Design and Implementation Criteria

2019-09-21T12:55:07+04:30 14th November, 2018|

Training Workshop: Water Sensitive Urban Design, Design and Implementation Criteria

Date: 14 November 2018

Venue: Isfahan, Iran

Organizers: Iran water and wastewater association (IWWA), Isfahan University of Technology, Water & Waste Water Company of Isfahan Province, Water and Wastewater Company of Iran

Number of Participants: 25

Number of Female Participants: 12

Water Scarcity is known as the condition when water demand exceeds water supply in a region. Increasing competition over water resources in human settlements particularly in urban areas, has not only risen conflicts amongst water consumers, but also made a huge impact on different aspects of urban natural characteristics, water table reduction […]

First Iran’s Category II Centres Meeting

2019-10-08T14:48:51+04:30 27th October, 2018|

First Iran’s Category II Centres Meeting

The first brain-storming and review session of Category II Centres under the auspices of UNESCO has been held on 17th of October 2018 which was chaired by Dr. Ali Chavoshian, head of Science Department of Iran National Commission for UNESCO and organizer of these centres, in NAT.COM conference hall.

I.R. Iran hosts 8 regional and international centres under the auspices of UNESCO, each of which has a unique participation in developing different UNESCO goals:

  • Regional Centre on Urban Water Management, RCUWM-Tehran
  • International Center on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures, […]

Sahar Internship report

2019-10-08T15:40:47+04:30 26th October, 2018|

Activities included:

  • Delivering a presentation on applying the Blue Green concept in urban development in Water and City Conference, Yazd
  • Preparing a general Terms of Reference for applying Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) to urban development (retrofitted or new)
  • Contributing to interview questions for Taleghan City on fringe rights and usage, environmental and water quality issues
  • Writing the introduction of the UNESCO book Advances in urban water management in arid and semi-arid regions, which summarises chapters on water management submitted by academics from around the world.
    • Provided feedback and comments on each chapter
  • Preparing a presentation on WSUD […]

5 informational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world

2019-10-08T14:25:38+04:30 23rd October, 2018|

5 transformational policies for a prosperous and sustainable world

In a talk about how we can build a robust future without wrecking the planet, sustainability expert Johan Rockström debuts the Earth3 model — a new methodology that combines the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the nine planetary boundaries, beyond which earth’s vital systems could become unstable. Learn more about five transformational policies that could help us achieve inclusive and prosperous world development while keeping the earth stable and resilient. […]

The Ministry of Energy’s Water Research Institute series of expert group meetings

2019-10-08T15:25:42+04:30 23rd October, 2018|

The series of expert meetings of Ministry of Energy’s Water Research Institute

First meeting: Water-based drinking water

Panel members:

  • Dr. Mohammad Mojabi – Chairman of the Environment Committee of the Expediency Council
  • Dr Farzampour Asghar Sangachin – Head of Department of Environment at the National Planning and Budget Organization
  • Dr. Sedigheh Torabi – Director General of the Department of Energy’s Water and Water Planning Office
  • Dr Hamid Reza Janbaz – Deputy Advisor for Water and Soil Ministry of Agriculture Jihad
  • Dr. Barat Ghobadian – Deputy Minister of Education and Research of Ministry of Industry, Mining and […]