The 1st IDI Expert Group and 6th Asian G-WADI Meeting

Date: 13 – 16 June 2015

Venue: Tehran and Isfahan, Iran


  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • Regional Centre on Urban Water Management-Tehran (RCUWM)
  • Ministry of Energy, I.R. of Iran
  • International Drought Initiative (IDI)
  • Global Network on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands (G-WADI)

Foreign participants:

  • USA, Japan, Thailand, Jakarta, South Korea, India, Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan.

  Number of participants

  • 200 persons

The main objectives

  • To develop 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)
  • To develop activities within the framework of the IHP VIII (2014-2021) ‘Water Security: Responses to Local, Regional and Global Challenges’
  • To present advances in groundwater management and new tools and strategy for coping with droughts
  • To improve the national policies for groundwater and drought management in the region as well as in Iran towards water security for the growing population in present and future


  1. Sharing national/regional experiences in groundwater management and finding solutions for sustainable groundwater harvest/extraction;
  2. Risk reduction in finding appropriate solutions for the challenge of water scarcity in arid and semi-arid countries, particularly Iran; leading to reduced monetary losses and social impacts;
  3. Providing information on current UNESCO-IHP programmes in relation to groundwater management and water management in arid zones (G-WADI);
  4. Networking among the groundwater institutions and specialists with regional water policy making authorities
  5. Sharing international/regional and national experience on drought issues to come up with proposals for future work in the region.
  6. Fostering links with international existing drought networks and share best practice on drought monitoring and forecasting.


Contact Info

1st Floor, No 1, Shahrsaz St., Kargozar St., Dastgerdi (Zafar) Ave., Modaress Highway, Tehran, Iran

Phone: +98 (21) 22911027-8

Fax: +98 (21) 22911028


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