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Lecture in London - Iran's Water Myths: should Iran focus on the problem's root causes or its solutions?

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation

Lecture by Dr Kaveh Madani

(July 2013)

Organised by: Iran Heritage Foundation
Date: Wednesday 14th September, 6.30pm
Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP


Despite having a more advanced water management system than most Middle Eastern countries, similar to the other countries in the region, Iran is experiencing serious water issues. The country is faced with major challenges in the water sector, including, but not limited to: rising water demand and shortage; declining groundwater levels; deteriorating water quality; and increasing ecosystem losses. The government blames the current situation on the changing climate, frequent droughts, and international sanctions, believing that water shortages are periodic. However, if immediate actions are not taken to address these issues, the situation could become more tragic in the near future.

This presentation reviews some of the frequent myths and wrong beliefs that shape the public knowledge about Iran's water resource problems. It is argued that developing a common narrative about the problem and its root causes is essential to solving this issue. Thus, in the absence of accurate information and better understanding of the complexities of Iran's water management system any move to develop solutions would be subject to failure or would be associated with unintended consequences.


Dr Kaveh Madani is a Reader in Systems Analysis and Policy at the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College, London. His core research interests and experiences include integrated water, environmental, and energy resources engineering and management. He has more than 150 publications, including applications of systems engineering, conflict resolution, system dynamics, economics, optimization as well as simulation and modelling methods to water, environmental, and energy resource problems at different scales to derive policy and management insights.


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Followed by a drinks reception

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