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The Indian National Committee (INCSW) under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, in coordination with number of other ministries, expert organisation and international partners organized the ‘India Water Week (IWW) – 2016’ from 4-8 April 2016 with the theme “Water for all: Striving together” in New Delhi, India. IWW provides a platform for the stakeholders, professionals and experts from India and abroad for a multidisciplinary dialogue and knowledge sharing for addressing the challenges in water sector on the issues related to management and efficient use of water in: (a) agriculture and irrigation; (b) energy generation (hydro and thermal), industrial production and demand management; (c) water supply for rural and urban areas along with quality, quantity and re-cycling/ regeneration issues; and (d) water quality management and strategies for recycle and reuse.

 

During the Conference a parallel business exhibition named as “India Water Expo 2016” was organized to showcase solutions, services and technologies available for improvement of water management in all the spheres of water use.

 

ICID supported/ sponsored the following events:

 

Live recording of Inaugurationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f23qGFUx03A

 

 

India Irrigation Forum First India Irrigation Forum (IIF1)
10.00-13.00 (Session I) and 14.00-17.00 hours (Session II),

07 April 2016, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi


Proceedings of the First India Irrigation Forum

First India Irrigation Forum 2016

 

The First India Irrigation Forum (IIF1) was organized by ICID on 7th April 2016 as a Side Event during IWW. The theme of the Forum was “Innovative Techniques for Improving Water Use Efficiency (WUE) of Irrigation Systems and Farm Application” and the following sub-themes: (i) Water food energy nexus, including WUE – concept, definitions, strategies etc., (ii) Modernization and revitalization of irrigation system, (iii) Water saving techniques with emphasis on micro irrigation systems, and (iv) Need for capacity development of professionals and farmers.

 

The aim of the IIF was to provide platform for networking, interaction, exchanging experiences and sharing of knowledge amongst professionals engaged in agriculture water management which included staff of irrigation department, experts from irrigation utilities, extension staff, professional bodies involved in area of irrigation and water resources development, management and research, professionals of allied disciplines related to agriculture water management.

 

Four sessions were held as part of IIF1. Dr. Takashi Matsuo (ADB) chaired the Session I. A wide range of topics were presented, such as ‘Overview of IIF and Welcome Address’ by Er. Avinash C. Tyagi, Secretary General of ICID; ‘Inaugural Address’ by Dr. Madhav A. Chitale, Secretary General Hon., ICID; ‘Innovative Techniques for Improving Water Use Efficiency (WUE) of Irrigation Systems and Farm Application’ by Vice President Ian Makin and Theme Leader of Irrigation Modernization of IWMI; and ‘Water Management Issues at the Farm Level’ by Dr. Martin Burton (UK)..

 

Vice President Ian Makin chaired the Session II which includes presentations on ‘Institutional Reforms in Maharashtra’ by Dr. Suresh Kulkarni, Secretary of MWRRA and former Executive Secretary of ICID; ‘Status of Irrigation and Drainage Education in India’ by Dr. Rama Raju, Ex-Engineer-in-Chief, Andhra Pradesh; and ‘Water Users’ Associations: Need for Institutional Strengthening’ by Mr. Mohan Sharma, Development Support Center, Gujarat were presented.

 

Dr. Martin Burton (UK) chaired the Session III which includes presentations on ‘Application of GIS and Remote Sensing in Irrigation and Drainage’ by Ms. Jyotsna Chuchra Senior Research Analyst-Agriculture Division Geospatial Media and Communications Pvt. Ltd; ‘Innovative Irrigation Technology towards improving irrigation efficiency in the field’ by Dr. Yafit Cohen (Israel); ‘Global experience in automation of irrigation systems’ by Mr. Sumith Choy, Director of Rubiconwater, Australia; and ‘Case Study-Closed pipe irrigation distribution systems implementation in Narmada command’ by Dr. M.B. Joshi, General Manager (Technical), Sardar Sarovar Nigam, Gujarat were also presented.

 

 

PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS


Session I - Inaugural session  - Chair: Takashi Matsuo (ADB)


  1. Overview of IIF and Welcome Address by Mr. Avinash Tyagi, Secretary General, ICID 
    — [ Presentation ]
  2. Inaugural Address by Dr. Madhav A. Chitale, Ex- Secretary, MOWR and Secretary General Hon. — [ Presentation ]
  3. Key note address on Theme - Innovative Techniques for Improving Water use Efficiency (WUE) of Irrigation Systems and Farm Application by Mr. Ian Makin, Vice President, ICID, Theme Leader, Irrigation Modernisation, IWMI  — [ Presentation ]
  4. Water Management Issues at the Farm Level by Dr Martin Burton, Water Management Specialist, UK — [ Presentation ] [ Paper ]

Session II - Chair: Ian Makin (IWMI)


  1. Institutional Reforms in Maharashtra by Dr Suresh Kulkarni, Secretary, MWRRA 
    — [ Presentation ] [ Paper ]
  2. Status of Irrigation and Drainage Education in India by Dr. Rama Raju, Ex Engineer in Chief, Andhra Pradesh, India — [ Presentation ]
  3. Water Users’ Associations: Need for Institutional Strengthening by Mr. Mohan Sharma, Development Support Center (DSC), Gujarat, India — [ Presentation ]

Session III - Chair: Martin Burton (UK)

  1. Application of GIS and Remote Sensing in Irrigation and Drainage by Ms. Jyotsna Chuchra, Senior Research Analyst - Agriculture Division Geospatial Media and Communications Pvt Ltd , India — [ Presentation ]
  2. Innovative Irrigation Technology towards improving irrigation efficiency in the field by Dr. Yafit Cohen (Israel)  — [ Presentation ]
  3. Global experience in automation of irrigation systems by Mr. Sumith Choy, Director, Rubiconwater, Australia  — [ Presentation ] [ Paper ]
  4. Case study- Closed Pipe Irrigation Distribution Systems implementation in Narmada Command by Dr M B Joshi, General Manager (Technical) Sardar Sarovar Nigam, Gujarat, India — [ Presentation ]

Panel Discussion I:  Capacity development needs of professionals and farmers engaged in agriculture water management

  1. Moderator: Er. Avinash C. Tyagi, Secretary General, ICID
  2. Mr. K A Patel, Director (Civil), Sardar Sarovar Nigam Ltd, Gujarat
  3. Mr. Rajendra Chalisgaonkar, Chief Engineer Irrigation Departmrnt, Uttarakhand

  4. Mr. Bhanu Prakash, Ex-Engineer in Chief, WR Department, Bihar
  5. Mr. Cheluvaraju, Chief Engineer, Upper Bhadra Project, KNNL, Karnataka
  6. Mr. Y. Abdul Basheer, Ex Engineer-in-Chief, Irrigation & CAD Department, Andhra Pradesh

Panel Discussion II:  The way forward for India Irrigation Forum

  1. Capacity Development (CD) opportunities and facilities available, V.K. Kanjlia, Secretary, Central Board of Irrigation and Power, New Delhi, India
  2. Dr A.K.Sikka, Deputy Director General, ICAR, Deptt. of Agriculture Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture

  3. Dr K Yella Reddy, Director (A&R), WALAMTARI Hyderabad

  4. Dr Ajay Pradhan, President and CEO, C2S2, New Delhi

  5. Mr Naresh Modi, Project Director, National Committee on Plasticulture applications in Horticulture, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI.
  6. Somnath Jadhav, VP-Irrigation Projects and Varunkumar Singh, Manager-Projects, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., Jalgaon (India)

 

 

 

ICID is supporting organizing “India Irrigation Forum (IIF) - 2016” on 7 April 2016 as a Side Event during the IWW 2016 with the aim to provide platform for networking, interaction, exchanging experiences and sharing of knowledge amongst professionals engaged in agriculture water management which include staff of state irrigation department, experts from irrigation utilities, extension staff, professional bodies involved in area of irrigation and water resources development, management and research, professionals of allied disciplines related to agriculture water management. The theme of IIF is “Innovative Techniques for Improving Water use Efficiency (WUE) of Irrigation Systems and Farm Application” and sub-themes are: (i) Water food energy nexus including WUE- concept, definitions, strategies etc., (ii) Modernization and revitalization of irrigation system, (iii) Water saving techniques with emphasis on micro irrigation systems, and (iv) Need for capacity development of professionals and farmers.

 

 

PD3- Water Management – Learning from Ancient Wisdom and Traditional Practices
14.00-17.00 hours, 05 April 2016, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

 

India Water Week 2016

ICID organized a panel discussion on Water Management – Learning from Ancient Wisdom and Traditional Practices (PD3) on 05 April 2016, New Delhi, as part of India Water Week 2016.

Secretary General Avinash Tyagi welcomed the participants and started the discussion with his presentation on “ICID initiatives to recognise Heritage Irrigation Structures (HIS) and Water System Heritage (WSH)”. He informed various steps taken by ICID to recognize the heritage structures and also informed that the present “ICID Register on Heritage Irrigation Structures” maintained on ICID website <http://www.icid.org/icid_his1.html> consists of more than 25 structures. Er. Avinash Tyagi requested the participants to actively participate in ICID’s new initiative by submitting their heritage structures.

The other eminent speakers joined the session are: (1) Mr. S.S. Rajagopal, State Water Resources Management Agency (SWaRMA), Water Resources Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, on the topic “Overview of water management practices in Tamil Nadu Cauvery Delta System”; (2) Dr. D.M.More, Maharashtra, on the topic “Traditional water management practices of Maharashtra“; (3) Eng. Israel Rwodzi, Water Supplies Operation Director, Zimbabwe National Water Authority, Zimbabwe, on the topic “Water management practices in Zimbabwe”; (4) Mr. M.G. Shivakumar Superintending Engineer, Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited (KNNL), Karnataka, “Ancient irrigation systems of Karnataka”; (5) Dr. Rama Raju, Ex. Engineer-in-Chief, Andhra Pradesh, on the topic “160 years of irrigation & drainage - The Saga Krishna and Godavari Delta systems (KDS & GDS)”; and (6) Mr. Vivek P. Kapadia, Narmada, Water Resources, Water Supply and Kalpsar Department, Gujarat, on the topic “Relevance of traditional Indian methods of water management in the present era”.

 

Secretary General Avinash Tyagi thanked the active participation of the speakers and participants.

PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

  1. Overview of water management practices in Tamil Nadu Cauvery Delta System (Mr. S.S. Rajagopal, Tamil Nadu) — [ Presentation ] [ Paper ]
  2. Traditional water management practices of Maharashtra (Dr. D.M.More, Maharashtra)
    — [ Presentation ] [ Paper ]
  3. Water Management - Learning from Ancient Wisdom and Traditional Practices
    Ancient Irrigation Systems of Karnataka (Mr. M.G. Shivakumar, Karnataka)— [ Presentation ] [ Paper ]

  4. 160 years of irrigation & drainage - The Saga Krishna and Godavari Delta systems (KDS & GDS (Dr. Rama Raju, Andhra Pradesh) — [ Presentation ] [ Paper ]
  5. Relevance of Traditional Indian Methods of Water Management in the Present Era (Mr. Vivek P. Kapadia, Gujarat) — [ Presentation ] [ Paper ]

 

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Human mankind developed along the water systems for centuries and continued to practice various forms of water management as water is an essential component to life. Mankind has indulged throughout the history in managing limited available water resources appropriately to conserve it for their ever increasing demand. Sustainable management of water requires not only the infrastructure (hardware facilities) to harness water resources and carry it to where it is actually required in a timely manner, but also appropriate institutions, which evolved through participation of people’s groups, to manage it with due regard to social equity, economic prudence and ecological sustainability.

 

Learning from our ancient wisdom and traditional experiences on how people-centered institutions and practices have managed and conserved water systems for over generations are still relevant and need to be fully analysed and understood especially in the light of numerous challenges water sector is facing now a days including impacts of climate change intensifying the occurrence of extreme events such as floods and droughts, raised sea levels, enhanced the frequency and magnitude of disasters etc. There is merit in full understanding of these ancient systems and traditions of wisdom of humanity and their preservation as heritage. Therefore it is our responsibility to learn from these systems and conserve and manage these heritages to the benefit of present and future generations.

 

Indeed, understanding heritage and historical experience for water and sustainable development is receiving high attention these days which includes setting up mechanism to properly gather the wisdom of people-centred groups and organizations that have developed their rules, regimes and practices, evolving insights and concepts about water and heritage from a variety of disciplines, policy and public perspectives. This will open the horizon of solutions towards better management, conservation, conveyance and use of water resources. This valuable intangible information on heritage common to humanity needs to be disseminated to the public to build awareness about heritage and learn lessons from these systems that have contributed to peace and socio-economic development in the region through sustainable management of water system for over generations even under pressure from the adverse natural and social conditions. Some examples of global including Indian ancient and traditional water systems are Warabandi in India and Pakistan, Ahar-pyne system of South Bihar plains,  Qanat in Iran, Bises in Switzerland, Yutan of China, Komira in Bangladesh, Torisu in Nepal, Kanna in Sri Lanka,etc.

 

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) has initiated a programme of recognition of the historical irrigation and/or drainage structures (HIS) with the aim of understanding the evolution of irrigation in the civilizations across the globe including understanding their significant achievements and features for their long term. ICID and World Water Council (WWC) are also initiating similar initiative in respect World Water System Heritage (WSH) program with the aims at identifying, giving recognition and preserving the people-centred water management systems, organizations, regimes and rules as intangible water heritage considered to be of outstanding value to humanity that creates coexistent social system for humanity and sound environment. The objective of above initiatives are to (i) gain/learn lessons from these ancient and traditional heritage systems and structures, (ii) disseminate the age-old wisdom gathered through them, (iii) extract new ideas from the wisdom aggregated from the past, and (iv) adapt the knowledge suitably in the present context and (v) disseminate it.

 

Keeping in view the importance of learnings from heritages, ancient wisdom and traditional experiences on water management, IWW is providing a platform for sharing of knowledge and facilitate deliberations on how the knowledge and new ideas gathered from the global and Indian heritage water systems and structures can be extracted and adapted in the present context for better and sustainable management of scarce land and water resources.

 

Water Talk 2016 Film Festival
10.00-13.00 (Session I) and 14.00-17.00 hours (Session II),

06 April 2016, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

 

The primary goal of this film festival is to raise awareness of the water problem, showcase stories of hope and develop a platform for exchange of ideas and experiences of various stakeholders to enchance action towards an ecologically sustainable way of life. At the Water Talk Film Festival the ground realities, philosophical discourses and social dereams will meet and be weighed against the physical lws of nature. The festival provides an opportunity to listen to water scientists take a pick with a view to broaden the impact of ideas and experiences presented in the films.

 

 

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