International Workshop for Coastal Reservoirs in Earthquake Active Areas on 10-11 May 2019, NCKU, Taiwan, R.O.C
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IACRR was founded in January 2017 in Australia. It is an international nonprofit organization set up to promote and develop Coastal Reservoirs (CR). IACRR welcomes members from various sectors such as engineers, scientists, researchers, industry players, suppliers, contractors, developers, water agencies, operators and decision makers.

CR is a paradigm shift in water resources development from storing water in inland dams to storing freshwater by the coast. This converts floodwater into valuable water resources closer to the demand centres. IACRR will be the platform for sharing of knowledge and experience to ensure successful implementation of CR worldwide.

  • "Coastal reservoirs will play a major role in ensuring both drinking water and better sanitation around the area, in particular in the developing countries. The newly approved UN Sustainable development goals has seen partial success, while focussing on water as a cross cutting axis for development. "

    - Prof. T G SITHARAM, President, IACRR

  • "Water security challenges are increasing globally as climate change and population growth affect the water-food-energy nexus. Coastal Reservoirs can address these challenges for coastal cities by: storing fresh water at the end of the river basin for water supply water, or providing renewable energy in high tidal zones, and providing urban regeneration."

    - Professor Roger A. Falconer Vice-president,IACRR

  • "It is my pleasure to wish all members of Iacrr a very happy new Year. this year promises many new things for Iacrr at the International level and let us all work together to ensure Iacrr reaches new heights.” "

    - Prof. Jun Xia ,Vice President IACRR

  • "Any drop of water from heaven is precious and should NOT be wasted; this is the only correct way for us to quench 2/3rds of the population’s thirst with about 70% of whom living in coastal areas. Previously we used the water from wells, ponds, and inland dams to preserve our water from heaven. Today we have reached a point where it is more effective to construct coastal reservoirs against seawater pollution to conserve our river water. Old civilizations come from river floodplains, future civilizations will emerges from coastal cities, surrounded by coastal reservoirs” "

    - Dr. Shuqing Yang ,Secretary IACRR


To be the world's leading organization, dedicated to advancing all aspects of CR and promoting the sustainable development and management of surface water otherwise lost to the sea.

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Initiation of CR by leading the profession in setting standards and guidelines to ensure that CR is built and operated safely, efficiently, economically, and socially beneficial.

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IACRR strives to contribute to sustainable development of water resources and the optimisation of global water resources management.

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Professor Roger A. Falconer

Vice President

Professor Xia Jun

Vice President

Professor Hubert Savenije


Assoc. Prof. Shu-Qing Yang


Ir. Lim Sin Poh

Dr. B. R. Shetty's Message

A Paradigm shift from "Storing flood waters in inland dams and reservoirs and natural discharging of river flood waters into the Ocean" to "Storing river flood waters incoastal reservoirs in,or close to, the sea using downstream reservoirs"

Despite water covering about 70% of the Earth's surface, fresh water for consumption is not as plentiful.Less than 3% of all the water on earth is fresh...

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  • Water is precious. If no water, no life. The availability of potable water is depleting day by day. If the present trend continues, there may be fights between the states and countries for potable water. It is a right time to think of innovative concepts in the rainwater storage (surplus water). In this direction, India has taken a lead role under the leadership of Prof. T.G. Sitharam, President- IACRR (International Association for Coastal Reservoir Research). The IACRR was officially inaugurated at Kuala Lumpur. The inauguration was done meticulously in a traditional way. The IACRR local chapter has also done tremendous work towards Indian coastal reservoir research. I strongly believe that the IACRR will come out with a solution for water scarcity not only for India but across the globe.

    Prof. K Muthukkumaran

    NIT Trichy

  • It was a pleasure to attend the launching ceremony of the International Association for Coastal Reservoir Research (IACRR) in August 2017. The launch marks a new era in global thinking 'outside the box' on fresh water storages. Nearly 2/3 of the world population experience water scarcity at least one month in a year. I believe IACRR has a significant role to play in research and development as well as on advocacy on coastal reservoirs as a solution to water scarcity problem worldwide. I am delighted to be a founding member of IACRR.

    Prof M Sivakumar

    University of Wollongong Australia

  • The first International workshop on Coastal Reservoirs in India and Review meeting of BWSSB Project was held at Amrita campus on 19th July 2017. Many dignitaries including PadmashriDr. PrahaladaRamarao, Prof. Shu-Qing Yang of University of Wollongong, Australia and Prof.Sitaram of IISc Bangalore participated in the Workshop. The workshop provided an excellent platform for sharing the novel ideas in the emerging concept of coastal reservoirs. Deliberations held on feasibility of a coastal reservoir to impound Netravati river flood waters paved a way towards a sustainable strategy for water resource development for Mangaluru and Bengaluru.

    Prof Manoj P. Samuel

    ICAR-CIFT, Kochi

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Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru


G&P Water & Maritime Sdn Bhd, Malaysia


HOHAI University


Mangalore CRBWSSB


NMC Healthcare


Sarathy Geotech & Engineering Services PVT LTD, India


University of Wollongong


Dalian University


Sichuan University

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