Final Statement of the Second Consensus on “Food Security and Sustainable Governance of Water Resources”

Second Water Resources Policy Makers’ Conference on “Food Security and Sustainable Governance” by the Center for Industrial and Productivity Engineering Research and Sustainable Development Office of Amirkabir University of Technology in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture Jihad, Ministry of Energy, EPA and Chamber of Commerce, Mines The Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Agriculture held a meeting on 24 January 94 to identify challenges in this area and present practical solutions.

In this one-day visit, experts and regional water thinkers on five axes are expected to discuss water crises so the country can provide its financial services. The proposed method for this visit is in accordance with the year that their brothers have changed, at your service. Three experts in the field can always be used with executive vice presidents with free advertising clip designs.

Meeting Goals:

The main purpose of the meeting was to identify challenges in the country’s water resources, to form a think tank and specialized working groups to work together to address the water shortage crisis and to propose strategic plans for the Sixth Development Plan.

Meeting topics:

The axes selected for the discussions of the Second Sustainable Water Governance Summit can be summarized as follows:

  1. Food security
  2. Sustainable Governance of Water Resources.
  3. Water resource management
  4. Institutional, Legal and Structural Aspects of Water Resources Management.
  5. Cultural aspects and information in water resources management.

The final statement file containing 38 paragraphs is attached and can be downloaded.

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Detailed Report and “Final Statement” on Water Resources Policymakers’ Sustainable Productivity and Governance of Water Resources

Water Resources Policy Makers Conference on “Sustainable Productivity and Governance of Water Resources” was held on January 25, 2014 at Amir Kabir University of Technology at the Ministry of Energy Conference Center.

Hamshahrionline:

We need to recognize the drought and remove it from the list of crisis headquarters and unexpected events,” said the head of the country’s Environmental Protection Agency. According to IRNA, Masoumeh ebtekar at the first Water Resources Policy Makers Conference held at the Ministry of Energy’s Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Productivity and Governance said: Forecasts of global scientific centers indicate a continuing drought and drought in various parts of the world, especially the Middle East. she said that drought should be considered as a reality in all macro and strategic plans of the country, stating that this is a situation for those countries that are thinking about good governance and essential role in the future development and environment of their country. Great alert. The low-carbon economy is under development.

He said global warming is another warning, saying global warming is projected to rise by one degree, and that all countries are required to come up with strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and in our country a low-carbon economy is at hand. Editing. The initiative emphasized the need to formulate and implement solutions to tackle the effects of global warming, she added: “We have dealt with less in the scientific foundations and executive and strategic policies while one of the principles of strategic management is defining the vision and planning for the future.” she said that the ground should be prepared for the people not to worry about the future, stating: In the eleventh government there is a view that while dealing with immediate crises, we cannot neglect the strategic perspective of the future.

Referring to the existence of a water crisis in a large part of the country, Initiative said: Coping with the water crisis in the country requires a shift in attitude towards water management and holding such conferences will help this intellectual revolution and formulate executive policies. she announced the drafting of the Wetlands Bill in the Eleventh Government and said: “Fortunately, in addition to the critical view of water and the environment, the Council of Ministers has received special support from these sectors, and is working to modify the implementation policy by formulating the Wetlands Bill.” One-way water transfer designs help preserve wetlands. she described the right of nature to provide natural services to supply water to the agricultural, industrial and drinking sectors, adding that this right should be considered sustainable so that nature can continue its services. The Vice President emphasized the need to protect the wetlands of the country and said that with the positive view of the government next year, a good credit line will be allocated to the wetlands of Hamoun, Bakhtegan, Parishan and especially Urmia Lake, which reflects the government’s special focus on water and environment. Is life. The initiative emphasized that we must move the evolution of the water sector to all levels of economic and decision-making in the country, she said. “We must start from the beginning of science and keep this evolution in policies and programs, because this is a cycle. Is interconnected. He described environmental assessment as the main strategy for development adaptation to the environment and continued: “The bill is on the government’s agenda and has been passed in its entirety.” The first national conference of water resource policymakers on “Sustainability and Sustainable Governance of Water Resources” was today (Thursday) attended by Minister of Energy Hamid Chitchian, President’s Cultural Adviser Hassamuddin Ashna, Masoumeh Initiative Chief of Environmental Protection, Mahmoud Hojati Minister of Agriculture Jihad, Morteza Shahidzadeh, Managing Director of Agricultural Bank and Sayyid Ahmad Motamedi, President of Amirkabir University of Technology, held a conference at the Ministry of Energy. The conference aims to work together to resolve the water crisis to identify challenges in the country’s water resources and to provide practical solutions for use in the Sixth Development Plan, with the support of the Amir Kabir University of Technology and Sustainable Development Research Center, in collaboration with the Ministry. Energy, Ministry of Agriculture Jihad, Environmental Protection Agency, Tehran Municipality, Agricultural Bank and Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture Tehran and Iran have been arranged. Water resources management, economic aspects of water, social aspects of water, environmental aspects of water, institutional, legal and structural aspects of water, and aspects of culture, education and information are key drivers of this thinking.

The full report of the conference and its closing statement are available from the link below.

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The first symposium of water resources policy makers entitled “Productivity and sustainable governance of water resources”

The symposium of water resources policymakers entitled “Productivity and the sustainable governance of water resources” was held on January 15, 2015 by the Amirkabir University of Technology at the Conference Center of the Ministry of Energy.

Hamshahrionline:

According to IRNA, Masoumeh Ebtekar in the first symposium of water resources policymakers, which was held in the conference hall of the Ministry of Energy under the title of productivity and the sustainable governance of water resources, added: “Forecasts of global science centers indicate continued drought and water scarcity in various parts of the world, especially the Middle East.” She said that the phenomenon of drought should be considered as a reality in all macro and strategic plans of the country, adding that this situation is a Great warning and a low carbon economy is under development. She considered global warming as another warning and said: “Global warming is expected to increase by one degree and in this regard, all countries are required to present strategies to reduce greenhouse gases, and in our country, for this purpose, low-carbon economy is under development.” Emphasizing the need to formulate and implement solutions to deal with the effects of global warming, Ebtekar added: “We have paid less attention to this issue in scientific foundations and executive and strategic policies, while one of the principles of strategic management is defining the vision and planning for the future.” “The ground must be prepared for the people so that they do not worry about the future,” she said.

Referring to the water crisis in a large part of the country, Ebtekar said: “Dealing with the water crisis in the country requires a change of attitude in water consumption management, and holding such conferences will help this intellectual revolution and formulate executive policies.” She announced the drafting of a wetlands bill in the 11th government and said: “Fortunately, in addition to a critical view of the water and the environment, the Council of Ministers also has special support for these sectors and is trying to modify and implement the implementation policy by drafting a wetlands bill.” One-way water transfer schemes help preserve wetlands. She defined the right of nature water to provide natural services to provide water resources for agriculture, industry, and drinking and added: this water right should be considered sustainably so that nature can continue its services. Emphasizing the need to protect the country’s wetlands, the Vice President said: “With the positive view of the government next year, a suitable credit line has been allocated for Hamoon, Bakhtegan, Parishan and especially Lake Urmia wetlands, which shows the government’s special view on water and environment.” Is biological. Emphasizing that we must transfer the evolution of the water sector to all levels of the country’s economy and decision-making, Ebtekar said: “We must first start from the scientific foundations and look at this evolution in policies and programs; Because this is an interconnected cycle.” She considered environmental assessment as the main strategy for compatibility of development with the environment and continued: “This bill is on the agenda of the government and its generals have been approved.” The first national conference of water resources policymakers entitled “Sustainable productivity and governance of water resources” today (Thursday) with the presence of Hamid Chitchian, Minister of Energy, Hesamuddin Ashna, Cultural Advisor to the President, Masoumeh Ebtekar, Head of Department of Environment, Mahmoud Hojjati, Minister of Jihad Agriculture, Morteza Shahidzadeh, CEO of Keshavarzi Bank and Seyed Ahmad Motamedi, President of Amirkabir University of Technology were held at the Ministry of Energy Conference Center. This conference aims to address the water crisis in order to identify challenges in the field of water resources and provide practical solutions for use in the Sixth Development Plan and with the support of the Industrial Engineering and Productivity Research Center and the AUT’s Office of Sustainability, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Jihad Agriculture, Department of Environment, Tehran Municipality, Agricultural Bank and Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture of Tehran and Iran. Water resources management, economic aspects of water, social aspects of water, environmental aspects of water, institutional, legal, and structural aspects of water, and aspects of culture, education, information are the main axes of this symposium.

Attachment: Water Governance Meeting_0

Replacement of biodegradable packages in Amirkabir University

Have you ever thought how your role in environmental protection? Think about how much food packaging you throw out every day?!
Plastics play an important role in almost every aspect of our lives. The largest amount of plastics is found in containers and packaging that we use them just for once, in the meantime polystyrene foam packaging is a proven hazard to the environment in several ways.
Plastic products persist in the environment long after use, creating one such hazard. The widespread use of plastic within households make congestion a larger problem for landfills everywhere. one of the principles of waste management is reducing the production of waste at source. Waste management refers in part to diverting post-consumer waste from landfills, but it also refers to practices that prevent or minimize the use of certain materials in the first place. Several biodegradable alternatives have been created to reduce and eventually replace plastic waste. Biodegradable packaging plays an important role in the packaging industry due to the ever increasing consumer awareness and importance of using eco-friendly, biodegradable packaging materials instead of conventional non-biodegradable ones.
AUT office of sustainability with Amirkabir University Authorities cooperation in order to solve this problem decided to remove the polystyrene packaging from the waste stream generated in Amirkabir University’s dining room. For this purpose, sustainable waste management committee want to implement alternative plan of the containers for one month in dining room to be established in the event of acceptance by students.

How to create a more effective lab safety program?

HSE group of sustainability office & ASSET will hold:

Civil and Environmental Engineering Dep. – 1st building, 4th floor, audio visual room.

This interesting and entertaining one-hour webinar confronts one of the more common excuses for not having or improving the lab safety program … “it costs too much.”  This is simply not true.  Excellent lab safety programs do not need to cost large amounts of money.  Five simple lab safety program components will be presented and discussed to demonstrate this important theme.  These are the critical components for an effective lab safety program. 

 Participants learn how to create a more effective lab safety program without a purchase order or requisition.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity for a highly informative, worthwhile and enjoyable learning experience.

For more information, please find the attachment.

Towards an orientation of higher education in the post Rio+20 process: How is the game changing?

Language:

English

Writer(s): 

Beynaghi, F. Moztarzadeh, R. Maknoon, T. Waas, M. Mozafari, J. Hugé, W. Leal Filho

Location: 

Futures (63), Pages 49–67,

Date: 

November 2014

Abstract: 

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001632871400127X

Green Building Committee

“Sustainability” is one of the world’s most talked about during last 2 decades. Construction industry, because of its significant contribution in economic growth on the one hand and inadequate attention to its’ environmental impacts on the other hand, has had destructive effects on environment. Beside these, in the world of construction, buildings have the capacity to make a major contribution to a more sustainable future for our planet. Some recent investigations estimate that buildings in developed countries account for more than 40 percent of energy consumption over their lifetime (incorporating raw material production, construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning). Moreover, for the first time in human history, over half of the world’s population now lives in urban environments and it’s clear that sustainable buildings have become vital cornerstones for securing long-term environmental, economic and social viability.

 Consequently, sustainable design and construction aims to meet present day needs for housing, working environments and infrastructure without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in times to come. It incorporates elements of economic efficiency, environmental performance and social responsibility – and contributes to the greatest extent when architectural quality, technical innovation and transferability are included. 

Considering importance of these matters, Green Building Council was established under Sustainable Committee on with duty of implementing green building criteria in any new construction at Amirkabir University of technology. Furthermore, based on these concepts, sustainable construction group have focused on a set of target issues:

1.Dissemination of knowledge in related academic, technical and social contexts.

2.Developing national environmental rating system for Green buildings.

3.Providing consulting services in new construction projects.

Research Areas:

 Our brief resume:

Conference:

– Holding the 1st national conference on sustainable construction, Amirkabir University of Technology, March 2013

Workshops:

– Nikravan, M., Azizi, A., “Sustainable construction and introduction of LEED”, 9th international congress on civil engineering, Isfahan university of technology, 2012

– Nikravan, M., Azizi, A., “Sustainable construction and introduction of LEED”, 1st national conference on sustainable construction, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2013

– Nikravan, M., “Sustainable construction and introduction of LEED”, 1st national conference on sustainable buildings, Mashhad, 2013

– Nikravan, M., “Sustainable construction and introduction of LEED”, 1st national congress on construction engineering and projects assessment, Gorgan, 2014

Books:

– Nikravan, M., Azizi, A., under supervision of Dr. Reza Maknoon, “LEED for environmental rating system of construction (proposed guideline)”, Translated in to Persian, Amirkabir University of Technology Press, 139 Page, Winter 2012

Thesis:

– Rashidi, A., “A BIM-Based Framework for Implementation of LEED credits in Iran”, M.Sc. Thesis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2014

– Gharazi, T., Developing a national framework for LEED implementation in Iran, M.Sc. Thesis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2014

Papers:

– Kardgar, M., “Investigation of sustainable materials role in construction industry”, 1st national congress on construction engineering and process assessment, Iran, Golestan, Gorgan, 2014

– Rashidi, A., “Applying Building Information Model (BIM) for Building Sustainable Design”, 18th national conference of Iranian Society of Environmentalists, March 2014

– Raeisi, Z., Heidari, Sh., Nikravan, M., “An investigation of widespread building rating systems according to criteria for sustainability and compare to national building codes”, Journal of Vernacular Architecture and City, 2014

Projects:

– Nikravan, M., “Green University and Sustainable Development”, term research, advised by Prof. Maknoon, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2009-2010

– Nikravan, M., “Life cycle assessment (LCA) of building materials”, term research, advised by Prof. Maknoon, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2009-2010.

AUT Office of Sustainability Newsletter: Issue 3, Winter 2013

This issue of AUT Office of Sustainability Newsletter include:

  1. RIO+20 outcomes
  2. Books on Environmental Law
  3. Technology Safety Data Sheet (TSDS)
  4. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Natural Disasters
  5. ….

You can download the newsletter from the publications section of the website.

China to Limit CO2 Emissions for The First Time

China is considering an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016, a senior adviser to the government said on Tuesday, a day after Washington announced new targets for its power sector, signaling a potential breakthrough in tough U.N. climate talks.

Progress in global climate negotiations has often been held back by a deep split between rich and poor nations, led by the United States and China, respectively, over who should step up their game to reduce emissions.

But the statement by adviser He Jiankun, coupled with the U.S. announcement, sparked optimism among observers hoping to see the decades-old deadlock broken. The steps come ahead of a global meet on climate change starting on Wednesday in Germany.

Adviser He had suggested at a conference in Beijing that China would put the cap in place by 2016. But he later told Reuters that the idea was his personal view.

“What I said today was my personal view. The opinions expressed at the workshop were only meant for academic studies,” he said. “What I said does not represent the Chinese government or any organization.”

Earlier, He had told the conference: “The government will use two ways to control CO2 emissions in the next five-year plan, by intensity and an absolute cap.”

China is the world’s biggest emitter. Carbon emissions in the coal-reliant economy are likely to continue to grow until 2030, but setting an absolute cap instead of pegging them to the level of economic growth would mean they would be more tightly regulated and not spiral out of control.

“The Chinese announcement marks potentially the most important turning point in the global scene on climate change for a decade,” said Michael Grubb, a professor of international energy and climate policy at University College London.

It is not clear at what level the cap would be set, and a final number is unlikely to be released until China has worked out more details of the five-year plan, possibly sometime next year.

The United States, the world’s second-biggest emitter, announced plans on Monday for the first time to rein in carbon emissions from its power sector, a move the Obama administration hopes can inject ambition into the slow-moving international climate negotiations.

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/china-considering-cap-co2-emi…

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab

In recent decades, construction industry has been confronted a great deal of challenges, such as low productivity and return on investment in comparison with other industries, gradual increment of labor cost, unforeseen costs due to lack of coordination among different stakeholders, time consuming change management and so forth. All above, led the industry to develop some new fields including computer science and integrated project delivery systems. “Building Information Modeling (BIM)” is one of the most newfound significant concepts for these challenges. The main aim of BIM is to configure a 3 dimensional model comprising whole project life cycle data in accessible and integrated information flow. BIM is a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to inform and communicate project decisions. Design, visualization, simulation, and collaboration enabled by BIM solutions provide greater clarity for all stakeholders across the project lifecycle. BIM makes it easier to achieve project and business goals.

Considering importance of this matter, “Building Information Modeling (BIM)” group was established with duty of implementing BIM concepts in any new construction at Amirkabir University of technology. Furthermore, based on these concepts, BIM group have focused on a set of target issues:

1.Dissemination of knowledge in related academic, technical and social contexts.

2.Providing BIM consulting services in different construction projects.

3.Holding workshops and short term educational courses concentrating on BIM software’s and workflows

Research Areas: