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Training Workshop on Integrated Flood Management
for countries in Western Asia and the Arab region
Tehran, Iran,  11-14 May 2009

Training workshop on Integrated Flood management  was held in Tehran, Iran from 11 to 14 in May 2009. This training course was organized jointly by UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM-Tehran) and (WMO).


IntroductionWorkshop programme with presentation materials 


This training workshop is being developed by WMO (through its Associated Programme on Flood Management) in cooperation with UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) for flood-prone countries, cities, and communities, with the aim of scaling-up action on integrated flood management to contribute to a minimization of losses of life from flooding and to an efficient use of flood plain resources. This three-day course is designed to familiarize participants with the concept of Integrated Flood Management and prepare them to identify possible paths of action towards implementation of the concept in their own field of work.

Participants, organizer and trainers (PDF) , Picture 

Course goals:

  • To provide participants with a balanced outlook on floods, flood plains and the development process, and the role they play in the overall framework of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
  • To provide the participant with an opportunity to think out of the box about possible ways of addressing the issue of floods within their own context.
  • To provide participants an opportunity to share their conceptions and ideas with water/disaster managers from other countries.
  • To provide a sufficient basis for future self-study on the issue and for an exchange network with other participants.
  • To equip participants with an analytical framework to allow them to analyze the various dimensions of flood management and to identify the multidisciplinary input requirements for IFM.
  • To equip participants with knowledge about available tools and methodologies to improve their flood management practices in their home institution.


Duration: 4 days / 26 hours


Audience: Policy makers, Engeneers


Learning Objectives:

After completing this course participants should: 

  • Understand the rationale for applying an Integrated Approach to Flood Management (IFM).
  • Understand the Social, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Institutional Dimensions of Flood Management, and as such the interdisciplinary nature of the concept and to appreciate the possible contribution of each discipline.
  • Understand the main principles and aims of IFM/IWRM (theoretical level) and critically review them within their own country context.
  • Understand the full range of flood management measures (structural and non-structural measures).
  • Be able to identify the stakeholders in their own country or area for IFM.
  • Be able to identify requirements and possible actions within their own jurisdiction that would strengthen IFM.
  • Be able to identify required tools to facilitate such actions in their own context.

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Workshop programme with presentation materials

Monday, 11 May 2009

Opening session


Registration of workshop participants



Opening session



Mr B. Nezamolmolki (Acting Director of RCUWM-Tehran)



Dr R. Ardakanian (Director of UNW-DPC)



Dr A. Tyagi (Director of the Climate and Water Department, WMO)

  H.E. Mr M. R. Attarzadeh  (Deputy Minister of Energy for Water and Wastewater)  (PDF

Introductory remarks by UNW-DPC and WMO
Scope and purpose of the training workshop, structure of sessions and expected outcomes

Round-table and introduction of the participants,expectations from the training workshop

Session I: Setting the scene for Integrated Flood Management

 - Flood processes, management issues, and perception of floods
(Mr J.A. Saalmuller, Climate and Water Department, WMO) 
 - Floods and development
(Mr A.C. Tyagi,  Climate and Water Department, WMO)
 - Integrated Flood Management as a development policy
(Mr A.C. Tyagi,  Climate and Water Department, WMO) 
 - Flood management options: Iran Flood Management Experiences in Recent Years
(Mr Vatanfada, Advisor to Deputy Minister for Water Affairs and Head of Flood Management Workgroup
(Mr Ali Najafi, Senior Expert in Flood Management Section, Iranian Water Resources Management Co, Iran)  
 - Flood impact on water supply and sanitation
(Dr J. Attari, Assistant Professor, Power and Water University of Technology, Iran) 
 - Moderated group discussion : Applying what has been learnt in own regions   


 Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Session II: Getting and integrated perspective on floods


Adaptive flood risk management
(Dr Emami, Director General, Kuritkara Consulting Engineers, Iran)


Flood management and ecosystems
(Mr V.K. Mathur, WAPCOS Ltd. - Water and Power Consultancy Services)



Social dimension of flood management
(Mr V.K. Mathur, WAPCOS Ltd. - Water and Power Consultancy Services)


Legal and institutional aspects of flood management
(Mr J.A. Saalmuller, Climate and Water Department, WMO)

Economics of floods management 
(Mr A.C. Tyagi,  Climate and Water Department, WMO)
Moderated group discussion : Applying what has been learnt in own regions  
Wrap-up of break out group discussions    
 Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Session III: Technical tour of flood management sites

Visiting Latyan and Mamloo Dams

- Visiting the Water Research Institute and its National Dispatching Centre (Flood Warning Systems)

pic1, pic2 

 Thursday, 14 May 2009

Session IV: Tools and pathways for Integrated Flood Management implementation 


Policy making case study (interactive)
(Mr V.K. Mathur, WAPCOS Ltd. - Water and Power Consultancy Services)

 (PDF1, PDF2

Community participation case study and vulnerability issues
(Dr F. Renaud, UNU-EHS Bonn)


Moderated breakout groups:
Exercises and group presentations

Wrap-up: Conclusions and recommendations  

Closig Session


Dr R. Ardakanian (Director of UNW-DPC)

Mr J.A. Saalmuller, Climate and Water Department, WMO

Director of RCUWM-Tehran  


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