On September 2017, the Aspen Institute will lead a Partnership Opportunity Delegation (POD) to Iran, where participants will engage in meetings and conversations around water innovation and technology. Participants will also get a chance to meet with community leaders and gain a deep understanding of realities, challenges, and priorities in Iran.
The successful conclusion of the nuclear agreement with Iran, reached in July 2015, marks a critical turning point in relations for the United States, Europe and Iran, as well as a huge success for diplomacy. Meaningful engagement on non-nuclear issues, ones that top Iran’s priorities’ list in particular, can help underwrite the success of this historic agreement with Iran.
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By 2050, fresh water availability in the Middle East and North Africa regions is expected to drop 50% in areas already considered the most arid in the world. Throughout the Middle East regions, economic and population growth will continually increase the demand for water and the energy needed to procure it. Iran has the 5th largest area of irrigated land used for agriculture, but its irrigation productivity is less than 37%. 90% of Iran’s water consumption comes from irrigation but its agricultural output is only 25% of GDP.
This presents a significant strain on Iran’s economy and investment in modernizing Iranian water supply management system, specifically for irrigation is a top priority. For 2015-2016, the Iranian government seeks to increase their budget by 29% for the agriculture sector with $520 million specially allocated to modernizing Iran’s irrigation system. In addition, Iran is also exploring desalination solutions that present enormous opportunities for companies specializing in water treatment. As water, particularly for irrigation becomes harder and more expensive to procure, actors from all sectors are seeking to find innovative solutions to manage risks.
The need for water innovation presents a unique opportunity for collaboration between the U.S., Iran and the region. Iran Water Innovation POD will serve as a platform to convene leading experts from the private sector, academia and civil society in the U.S., Iran and the region to explore opportunities to invest in water innovation strategies critical for Iran. This group will discuss and explore: