Joint Research Structures for the Development of a Sustainable Water Resources Management System in the Isan Region

Recently, Thailand has had to face six major flood events since August 2010 which have caused severe losses for economy as well as humans. The envisaged pilot research area in the Northeast of Thailand faces flood and drought seasons. Especially the drought season causes losses in agricultural production. Consequently, in order to overcome these problems, the research cooperation aims to develop a Sustainable Water Resource Management System as well as to strengthen the authorities in the field of integrated water resources management.

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Project Objective and Research Structure

  • Development of a Sustainable Water Resource Management System under consideration of the Water-Footprint Concept The HuaySaiBart River Basin has an inadequate water storage system, which is in damaged conditions or too shallow. Water which cannot be drained in time causes flooding. To overcome theses problems the study focuses on:
    • Surveying the current run-off and water storage conditions
    • Analyzing and estimating the amount of water in the river basin both in surface water and groundwater
    • Analyzing and estimating the needs for water usage in the river basin, derived from data collected and from the water utilities of different stakeholders
    • Analyzing and selecting the most appropriate methods in developing, improving and modifying hydraulic structures in the river basin to solve problems of water shortage and floods
  • Application of numerical models for the local planning
  • Capacity Building of local competent authority and relevant stakeholders


Funded in the context of the BMBF funding programme to establish joint research structures of German universities with partners in APRA. More information on APRA.