Groundwater governance: lessons learned, challenges and solutions. Regional Hybrid Training Workshop. April 23-24, 2024, Tehran, Iran

RCUWM-UNESCO has organized the workshop: “Groundwater governance: lessons learned, challenges and solutions”


Contributing more than 50% in providing water for economic, social, and cultural processes, groundwater resources are highly valuable in Iran, However, climate change, prolonged droughts, and excessive overexploitation have threatened the sustainability of these strategic resources. Therefore, a paradigm shift towards conservation and optimal use of groundwater resources are vital. Sustainability of groundwater for different purposes is associated to its system of governance and management. The science of groundwater governance is an emergent knowledge which can be enhanced through sharing experiences and dialogue among practitioners from different regions and countries.

Aiming in providing a learning environment to share knowledge and experiences in the field of groundwater governance, the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management- Tehran (RCUWM) under the auspices of UNESCO is planning to organize a workshop entitled “Groundwater Governance: Lessons Learned, Challenges, and Solutions” in line with its mandate and the project proposals approved in the 13th of Governing Board Meeting held in Tehran, February 2023.

The main objectives of the workshop would be to develop knowledge and come up with innovative options to help improve groundwater governance specifically in the local scale. The lessons and experiences shared in such workshops, focusing on problem driven solutions, are hoped to bring significant effects on sustaining the limited groundwater resources. The workshop main intention would be to seek for applied experiences and practical case studies on effective governance and improved conditions of groundwater resources. In this regard, the main theme of the workshop is the Local Problem-Driven Groundwater Governance adapted from different case studies.

2-Workshop Topics

The presentations are expected to bring and share practical experiences through different local level case studies in line (but not limited) to the following topics:

  • Mainstream Groundwater Governance Frameworks
  • Equitable access to and consensus-building on Groundwater Data and Information (Transparency, Accountability and Trust Building)
  • Interactive Technologies for Monitoring and Control of Resources and Conservation
  • Involvement of Local Stakeholders in Decision-making Processes
  • Inter-sectorial collaboration and Policy Coherence
  • Experiences and Lessons Learned, Challenges and Solutions


Program DRAFT PROGRAM- Groundwater Governance Agenda_English-14021220-Ver6.pdf (252,91 kb)

Concept note Concept Note Groundwater-ENG-14021208 (1).pdf (191,91 kb)

Tragsa´s presentation Tehran-Co-MAR-EFE.pdf (2,13 mb)

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