The water crisis and socio-ecological development profile of Rafsanjan Township, Iran

S. Mehryar, R. Sliuzas, A. Sharifi, M.F.A.M. van Maarseveen

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Abstract

Water scarcity is a critical challenge in the Middle East. Historical analysis of case studies indicates that decades of water mismanagement and weak environmental planning play substantial roles in the water crisis. This paper illustrates the conflict between rapid development policies on the one hand and non-sustainable water resource management on the other in Rafsanjan Township, Iran over the period 1986–2014. Secondary literature and government reports are used to analyze the general environmental changes and responsive actions of government. A time series analysis of Landsat images illustrates the effect of economic development policies that have stimulated the expansion of pistachio orchards. Some possible responses based on a long-term socio-ecological resilient planning approach may provide some solutions, but will require a substantial rethinking of current policies and water management practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManagement of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards IV
EditorsC.A Brebbia
Place of PublicationSouthampton
PublisherWIT Press
Pages271-285
ISBN (Print)978-1-84564-970-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event4th Conference on Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development, and Ecological Hazards 2015: Ravage of the Planet - Opatija, Croatia
Duration: 1 Jul 20153 Jul 2015
Conference number: 4
https://www.lter-europe.net/events/4th-international-conference-on-management-of-natural-resources-sustainable-development-and-ecological-hazards

Conference

Conference4th Conference on Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development, and Ecological Hazards 2015
CountryCroatia
CityOpatija
Period1/07/153/07/15
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Keywords

  • Water crisis
  • Drought
  • Water resource management
  • Agro-economic development
  • Socio-ecological system
  • Spatial planning
  • Change detection

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    Mehryar, S., Sliuzas, R., Sharifi, A., & van Maarseveen, M. F. A. M. (2015). The water crisis and socio-ecological development profile of Rafsanjan Township, Iran. In C. A. Brebbia (Ed.), Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Development and Ecological Hazards IV (pp. 271-285). Southampton: WIT Press. https://doi.org/10.2495/RAV150231