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23rd ICID Congress and 68th IEC meeting
8-14 October 2017, Mexico City, Mexico

Opening Ceremony


The opening ceremony of the 23rd ICID Congress and 68th IEC Meeting was inaugurated on 9 October 2017 by the Mexican President H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto in the presence of Mexico City Mayor H.E. Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa; Mr. Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, Director General, CONAGUA; Mr. Guang Zhe Chen Sr. Director, World Bank; Dr. Olcay Unver, Dy. Director, Land & Water Division, FAO; Mr. Tony Slatyer, Special Adviser, Australia; President Dr. Saeed Nairizi; and Secretary General Avinash C. Tyagi.


23rd ICID Congress, Opening Ceremony


A record number of members and stakeholders participated in this important event to show their solidarity to the people of Mexico.


President Dr. Nairizi presenting HIS Citation Plaque to HE Enrique Peña Nieto


President Dr. Narizi presented the Heritage Irrigation Structure Citation Plaques of the “LA BOQUILLA Dam” and “LA CHINAMPA” to H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto as they are approved for inclusion in the ICID Register of Heritage Irrigation Structures, 2017.




10th N.D. Gulhati Memorial Lecture

The N.D. Gulhati Memorial lecture for International Cooperation in Irrigation and Drainage, established in the name of Late President Hon. N.D. Gulhati was delivered by Dr. Felipe Ignacio Arreguín Cortés, Director General, Mexican Institute of Water Technology / Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua (IMTA) on “Reforms in the Administration of Irrigation Systems: Mexican Experiences’’.

The focus of the lecture was on the process and impact of the transfer of the infrastructure, management, and operation of Irrigation Districts in Mexico from the State to farmers. It begins with an overview of the present and future conditions of the hydro-agricultural sector in the country, and goes on to discuss the social background and the legal framework under which the transfer process was planned and carried out, highlighting the participation and the organizational framework adopted by the users, which not only remains in force, but has been consolidated, giving rise to a social organization that constitutes an example nationwide. It also underscores the linkage that has been established between different government agencies and user associations for the sustainable development of the hydro-agricultural sector, which has given rise to a series of programs aimed at the modernization and conservation of hydraulic infrastructure and to the efficient use and management of water at the on-farm level, all of this with the ultimate aim of increasing agricultural production per unit area and the volume of water used in this important sector. In addition, a series of major challenges, problems, and opportunities that need to be addressed in order to meet the current and growing food demand prevailing in the country are discussed, as is the importance of the role of technological research and development institutions within this frame of reference. In closing, a reflection is given on the importance of the legal framework on water and its impact on the agricultural sector, highlighting the need to have a General Water Law that is applicable both to the three tiers of government that exist in Mexico and to society at large; an action currently in progress.


Full report can be accessed from <http://www.icid.org/nd_gulhati_2017.pdf>.



An international exhibition was also organized as part of the congress, which was represented by local institutions, companies, international organizations, etc.



Symposium on ‘Global Review of Institutional Reforms in Irrigation Sector for Sustainable Agriculture Water Management, including Water Users’ Association’

The Working Group on Institutional and Organizational Aspects (WG-IOA) organized an international symposium on the theme ‘Global Review of Institutional Reform in Irrigation Sector for Sustainable Agriculture Water Management, including WUA’ on 8 October 2017 during the 23rd ICID Congress at Mexico.


Fourteen National Committees/ Committee submitted their country papers and case studies for discussion during the Symposium.



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The publication includes extended Abstracts received for Question 60 and 61,and General Reports, etc. Full length papers will be made available on USB to the participants during the event. . [More...]






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