Environmental Engineering Project

Integrated Water Resources Management: Model Region Mongolia (IWRM MoMo Phase 3)

The IWRM MoMo project aims at an integrated water resources management for the Kharaa River Basin through scientific research, adapted technical solutions and capacity development.

Start Date:

01.10.2017

End Date:

31.05.2018

Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering

Industry Partner:

Bergmann Beton + Abwassertechnik GmbH, p2mberlin GmbH, terrestris GmbH & Co. KG

Scientific Partner:

Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research (Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis and Management),

Funded by:

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Abstract

In its third phase, the IWRM MoMo project builds on results of two previous project phases. The currently ongoing third phase aims at implementing scientific and technological project results with a focus on knowledge transfer and capacity development. The inter- and transdisciplinary approach is reflected by the project's structure: Its three thematic modules work towards the development of a river basin management plan for the Kharaa river (TM1), the implementation of a comprehensive environmental monitoring network (TM2) and the multiplication of promising water technologies (TM3). One cross-sectional module focuses on knowledge transfer and capacity development. The project is carried out in close cooperation with Mongolian partners in science, administration, the business sector and the general public.

Background

The Kharaa River Basin has been chosen as a model region for the development and implementation of an IWRM concept. This concept is science-based (research was done on the regional hydrology, water quality, aquatic ecology and its drivers as well as water governance structures) but equally aims at adapted technical solutions (minimizations of water losses, wastewater treatment) and capacity development at multiple levels (from students and operating staff in the water industry to local, regional and national decision-makers). The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and supervised and supported by the Project Management Jülich (PTJ) in the framework of the "Research for Sustainable Development" (FONA) program. The project started in 2006 and is presumably running until 2018. The key objective of the project is the development and implementation of strategies leading towards an integrated water resources management (IWRM) for a Mongolian model region characterized by a water scarce environment and highly dynamic and competitive uses. The model region in focus is the Kharaa river basin located in the north-east of Mongolia. 

Objectives

The Key objectives of the project are the development and implementation of strategies leading towards an integrated water resources management (IWRM) for a Mongolian model region characterized by a water scarce environment and highly dynamic and competitive uses. The model region in focus is the Kharaa river basin located in the north-east of Mongolia. 

  • Full-scale study of water demands, water supply, and potentials in process and wastewater managing improvements 
  • Assessment of potentially hazardous material and particle emissions; modeled and experimentally derived improvement measures in accordance with your company's /site's specifications 
  • Health-safety assessment and respective measures among your workers and adjacent population /land-use (nomads)
  • Full-scale study of water and soil quality with regard to the mining site and potential mitigation measures 

Expected results 

Scientifically, the outcome comprises more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals, several books, and book chapters and almost 40 completed theses ranging from bachelor to Ph.D. level. Technologically, the project has developed and pilot-tested approaches for leak detection in drinking water supply systems and various solutions for wastewater treatment that are adapted to the specific conditions of Mongolia. Regarding capacity development, the project has focused on various target groups (schools, young scientists, staff in the water industry, and decision-makers in the water sector) and continues to do so.

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