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Regional Training Workshop on “Advances in Remote Sensing Application in Water Resources Management”

2020-02-25T09:22:41+04:30 17th February, 2020|

Participating Countries /Organizations:60 experts from 13 countries

Number of Participants: 60

Number of Female Participants: 22

Main Objectives

The main objectives of this regional training workshop have been to:
• introduce recent developments in remote sensing information and satellite-based products (e.g. precipitation and soil moisture) as well as their applications,
• promote the exchange of experience and knowledge among participants and,
• discuss development and application of Decision Support System (DSS) using remote sensing information.

E-Learning Videos

E-Learning Videos: Catchment Delineation in QGIS_Part 1

E-Learning Videos: Catchment Delineation in QGIS_Part 2

E-Learning Videos: Catchment […]

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 […]

First Meeting of UNESCO’s IHP-VIII Theme 4 Category II Centres and Chairs

2019-09-21T14:29:51+04:30 24th May, 2018|

Date: 24-25 May 2018

Venue: Paris, France

Organizer: UNESCO-IHP

Participating Countries/Organizations: France, Iran, Japan

Number of Participants: 20

Number of Female Participants: 3 (15%)


Co-development and co-production towards achieving the IHP-VIII strategy

Workshops and Technical Exhibition: Third Water and Wastewater Festival Operation and Maintenance Capabilities in Water and Wastewater Industry

2019-09-18T09:24:37+04:30 5th May, 2018|

Date: 5-9 May 2018

Venue: Tehran, Iran

Co-organizers: RCUWM-Tehran, NWWEC

Participating Countries/ Organizations: France, Iran, Japan, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands

Number of Participants: 1200

Number of Female Participants: 436 (36%)


  • Demand and Consumption Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Water & Wastewater Quality
  • Water and Wastewater Utilities
  • Smart Water Utility-distribution Management
  • Financing and Physical Asset Management

Participating in OIC Water Council as one of three Representatives from Asia

2019-09-17T14:47:55+04:30 15th November, 2017|

Date: 15-16 November, 2017 

 Venue: Istanbul, Turkey

Organizer: OIC

Participating Countries/Organizations:  Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uganda

Number of Participants: 60

Number of Female Participants:


Preparing a draft of executive proposal for ministerial meeting on these issues:

  • Cooperation in the field of water
  • Risks facing Member State’s water resources,
  • Supplying water security,
  • Impacts of climate change

Technical Meeting & Workshops: Water Security in Human Settlements: Responses to Water Scarcity”

2019-09-17T12:25:12+04:30 2nd May, 2017|

Date: 02-04 May 2017

Venue: Tehran, Iran

Organizer: RCUWM-Tehran

Participating Countries/Organizations: Managing Director and related experts in the field of workshop themes

Number of Participants: 600

Number of Female Participants: 289 (48%)


The most important outcome of this international event was a book in the field of successful experiences on sound urban water management practices and policies in arid and semi-arid countries. It included all the topics presented above and well discussed and elaborated during the Conference.

Invited authors determined by UNESCO and the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM-Tehran) was compiling and initially editing the chapters of this book and UNESCO/ Cambridge University Publication were responsible […]

Technical Session: How to Improve Sanitation and Hygiene (Budapest Water Summit)

2019-09-17T15:40:26+04:30 28th November, 2016|

Date: 28 November 2016

Venue: Budapest, Hungary

Co-organizers: RCUWM–Tehran, UNESCO, WHO

Participating Countries/Organizations:  France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Kenya and USA

Number of Participants: 150

Number of Female Participants: 45 (30%)


Discussion on developing, test innovative and low cost technologies such as water-free sanitation, to be applied in  urban area.

Development of a Grid-Based Precipitation Dataset for West Asia to Feed Climate Change Studies

2019-09-21T10:41:46+04:30 16th July, 2016|

Date: July 2016- On-going


Precipitation Estimation from Remotely Sensed Information using Artificial Neural Networks (PERSIANN) is one of the popular satellite-based precipitation estimations which has three products in different spatio-temporal resolutions. In majority of cases, these data are used in policy making and therefore the users normally don’t have necessary technical capacity to work with these special file formats. Thus, a user-friendly precipitation database will be a great asset   in monitoring long-term climate patterns, particularly in studying the climate change patterns in arid and semi-arid areas of West Asia (including: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan) which lack this vital […]

Non-Revenue Water (NRW)

2019-09-21T10:19:19+04:30 1st February, 2016|

Date: February 2016- March 2017

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company (NWWEC) controls the administration of the water supply. As a measure to mitigate water shortages, it encourages the reduction of non-revenue water (NRW) using its own technologies. However, due to the deterioration of aging facilities, the average percentage of NRW is still in excess of 25%.

The Government of Iran requested Japanese technical cooperation to deal with NRW in Khansar City in Isfahan Province. A survey was implemented to gather and analyze background information relating to the water supply sector in Iran, and to identify […]

Seminar: Sixth Asian G-WADI and First IDI Expert Group Meeting

2019-09-18T09:38:37+04:30 13th June, 2015|

Date: 13-16 June 2015

Venue: Tehran and Isfahan, Iran

Co-organizers: UNESCO, RCUWM-Tehran, Ministry of Energy, I.R. of Iran, International Drought Initiative (IDI), Global Network on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands (G-WADI)

Participating Countries/Organizations: Afghanistan, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Pakistan, Serbia, Thailand

Number of Participants: 250

Number of Female Participants: 83 (33%)


  • Developing synergies between the two programmes of UNESCO, namely International Drought Initiative (IDI) and UNESCO IHP Programme on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands–A Global Network (G-WADI)
  • Developing activities within the framework of the IHP VIII (2014-2021) ‘Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges’
  • Presenting advances in groundwater management […]