This report aims to understand the historical setting and present situation of water development and allocation in the Karkheh River Basin, in relation to rural development and agrarian policy. It provides the contextual backdrop for further research on the management of water to improve livelihoods in the basin through integrated and sustainable management of land and water resources. It provides preliminary, basin-level water balances, using an accounting approach that defines depletion of water, rather than diversion or allocation. It provides further information on the changes in surface flows out of the component subbasins and looks at the development, use and consequences of groundwater abstraction.
Marjanizadeh, S.; Qureshi, A. S.; Turral, H.; Talebzadeh, P. From Mesopotamia to the thirdmillennium: the historical trajectory of water development and use in the Karkheh RiverBasin, Iran. International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2009) 51 pp. ISBN 978-92-9090-723-7 [DOI: 10.3910/2010.206] IWMI Working Paper 135