International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network

MENARID Workshop on World History of Water Management Applying Traditional Knowledge in present-day Water Resources Management

23rd - 27th February 2012 - Yazd, Iran
The 21st century is witnessing the emergence of many approaches to the management of water resources. This makes it necessary to reflect upon the long-term viability of some of the approaches advocated. Although many developments may appear novel, they are often grounded in historical antecedents, have historical parallels, and are cast within scientific, social, cultural and intellectual traditions of various historical depths.


The course aims at:

1. Providing a comprehensive overview of archeological and historical developments in water management including water harvesting, water supply, transportation, delivery, treatment, hydraulic engineering and allocation (with contributions including the physical sciences, technology, ecology, engineering, organization, politics, law and governance) in different parts of the world and various cultural contexts.

2. Developing an appreciation of the role of cultural dynamics involved in managing water resources, especially at times of perceived water scarcity.

3. Comprehending the historical antecedents of our current paradigm of water management and what can be learned from historical case studies on the basis of the knowledge and experience of several scholars from different countries and from the exchange of experiences to be generated between the participants of the course and the experts.

4. Evaluating and discussing the possibilities of applying traditional knowledge and water management techniques within the framework of the portfolio of ongoing GEF MENARID projects.

Participant profile

Participants are invited from different entities involved in water management and water history, for example staff of the ministries of water resources, agriculture, environment and cultural heritage, of universities and colleges, research institutes, consultants and contractors, agencies and NGOs.