Round Table

Iran saw an increase of 300% in tourism this year, bringing in revenues of over six billion dollars, and the prospect of building new adapted infrastructures. As an untouched destination, and one of the cradles of civilization, Iran has the potential to develop a type of ecotourism that could foster heritage preservation and trigger sustainable development by empowering the local population with ethical and ecological toolboxes. The tourism boom – Gardesh-Gari– coincides with a time of looming water crisis. The ancient qanat network, a water supply system at the origin of the Persian civilization, hasn’t really ceased to carry water, even if it was discarded in the 1950’s dam and deep well policies and the important land reformation act of 1963. In a modern world accustomed to heavy irreversible infrastructures, and at a time of hydric stress, the qanat should be reconsidered, not only as a highly ecological and resilient infrastructure, but also for its patrimonial significance. The qanat network is connected to a series of heritage monuments, such as gardens, water reservoirs, water mills, and natural refrigerators that have the latent capacity to develop cultural tourism. The round table conference will focus on how the qanat can contribute to tourism development, hydric sustainability, and urban renewal on a common growing ground.


A conversation with:
Nicolas Michelin, Architect and Urbanist, ANMA
Chris Younés, Philosopher, ESA
Amir Farman-Farma, Economist, Connexion Capital
Ali Semsar Yazdi, UNESCO-ICQHS

moderated by Sara Kamalvand & Edouard Sors


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✸✸✸This event is sponsored by Connexion Capital✸✸✸