Cooperation in Lieu of Water

  • Majid Labbaf Khaneiki


In the central plateau of Iran, the climatic and geographical conditions gave rise to the technology of qanat which underlay the production systems in this region. Qanat consists of some shaft wells interconnected by a subterranean tunnel which drains out the groundwater seepage and conveys it onto the earth surface using the height difference between the two ends of the tunnel.

This chapter takes up the qanat of Hassan Abad and its special peculiarities which made it eligible to be nominated as UNESCO World Heritage in 2015. Hasan Abad Moshir originates from Ebrahim Abad valley near the town of Mehriz and travels 40 km to Yazd. The water of this qanat is shared out between the town of Mehriz, the village of Dehno and Yazd (district of Hasan Abad). One of the most important properties of this qanat is its territorial cooperation which is resulted from a lax territorial behavior caused by the qanat’s dynamics. Dormant territorial behavior can pave the way for a high sense of cooperation and social capital, which are all associated with the peculiarities of qanat. In the region the social foundation which has been formed and evolved around the water resources management could have increased the sense of cooperation.


Common benefit Qanat Water ownership Territorial cooperation Social capital 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Majid Labbaf Khaneiki
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  1. 1.Hydraulic Structures, UNESCO Category IIInternational Center on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures, UNESCO Category IIYazdIran

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