Integrated Assessment of Water Resources System in the Ajabshir Study Area, Based on SEEA-Water Accounting Framework

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of of Civil Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

2 Tarbiat Modares University, Department of Water Resources Engineering

3 Department of Civil Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.


Water accounting frameworks apply as a tool for organizing water data and water resources assessment. Adopting SEEA –Water framework, the paper will go through integrated water resource assessment in the Ajabshir study area in 2006 and 2016. The assessment was carried out based on the indicators associated to the different dimensions of water security in the area such as water resources, economic and social. According to the indicators of water resources dimension, agriculture, with more than 96% of water consumption, has the most effect on water stress. According to the intensity of water consumption in 2006 and 2016, the local water resource is highly unsustainable. Per capita renewable water increased from 835 m3 per person in 2006 to 1179 m3 per person in 1395. That is mainly due to the decrease of 17% of the population in 2016 compared to that in 2006, decrease in outflow to Lake Urmia because of the GHALEH-CHAY dam, as well as the further trans-basin water import. The marginal value changes in the economic productivity of water in the agricultural sector indicate that the economic drivers of agricultural sector were highly dominating the growth mechanism in the area, which can result in ignoring strategic water resources restrictions in favor of short-term individual economic gains. In spite of decline in water consumption in the service and constant water consumption in the industrial sectors, increase in services and industrial revenues has led to an increase in the economic productivity of water in those sectors.


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