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Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Department: Civil Engineering
Type of the workshop: International workshop
The workshop in brief: In collaboration with the Gdansk University of Technology-Poland, TIU organized an international symposium entitled “Urban Water Management in Cities” under the theme of “Low Impact Development”, held on the 15th of December 2021.

The opening ceremony was commenced by Dr. Idris Hadi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tishk International University, in which he explained the TIU system, and extended his appreciation to the organizing committee of the event, partner university, and experts who participated in the symposium. This was followed by a speech delivered by Professor Dr. Michał Szydłowski, where he introduced Gdansk University of Technology, emphasizing that both universities are willing to further collaborate and work together to improve the quality of education and international relations. Within the context of this topic, in order to discuss the current issue of the region and propose required water management solutions such as flood control, charging groundwater, water supply, and sewerage systems in the city of Erbil, Kurdistan.

The second aim of the event was to disseminate research findings and provide a platform for scholars to debate and exchange ideas about the policies and technological aspects that can be applied to water management in urban areas.

Participants: It was attended by 47 persons including Erbil vice governor, president of

The aim of this event is to gather researchers, professors, practitioners, engineers, decision-makers.

Date and time: December, 15, 2021, Time:10:30am
Place: Tishk International University – Erbil

Session topics: 

Session 1

Water Resources Management in the Tigris and Euphrates Basins
Groundwater Balance in the Presence of Climate Change Impact
Groundwater Degradation of the Erbil Basin

Session 2

Reasons of increasing risk of (urban) floods
Causes and impacts of urban floods in Erbil Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Flood protection project for Erbil city

Session 3

Water Recourses Management for better Water Supply Services
Sewerage Construction Project in Erbil City
Management of rainwater in the City of Gdansk – the flood aspect

Presenters names and affiliations:

  • Dr. Nadhir Al-ansari, Lulea University of Technology
  • Mohammed Abdulwahid Nanekely, Ministry of Municipality and Toursim/KRG
  • Hawkar Ajeeb Muhammed, Ministry of Municipality and Tourism
  • Michał Szydłowski, Gdańsk University of Technology
  • Candidate Andam Mustafa, Gdańsk University of Technology
  • Ali Rasheed, President of Erbil Provincial Council. Mr. Peshawa Barzan, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resource. And Azad Dezae, Oregon State University
  • Mohammed Abdurahman Mahmood, Senior Retired Civil Engineer
  • Fazil Kareem Aziz, Erbil Water and Sewerage Directorate
  • Dr. Wojciech Szpakowski, Gdańsk University of Technology
Outcome of the workshop:

  • From the contents of the presenters the decision makers of the region has been informed about the specific problems that causes flood.
  • Engineering solutions has been explained for audience and the decision makers were informed about them.