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WORLD HERITAGE IRRIGATION STRUCTURES (WHIS)

Scheme for Recognition of World Heritage Irrigation Structures (WHIS)

 

At the 63rd meeting of International Executive Council (IEC) held at Adelaide, Australia on 28 June 2012, President Gao Zhanyi suggested that a process for recognition of the historical irrigation structures on the lines of World Heritage Sites as recognized by UNESCO shall be initiated. Accordingly, a Task Team comprising of the following members, was set up to work out objectives, guidelines and procedures to select the historical irrigation structures. The Scheme was discussed during the meeting of WG-HIST at 65th IEC meeting. The members suggested changes in the scope of the Scheme, The present Scheme has been revised and updated to include both the old operational irrigation structures as well as structures that have primarily archival value.

 

It is proposed that a historical irrigation and/or drainage structure fulfilling the criterion laid down in this document shall be recognized as “Heritage Irrigation Structure” (HIS). The nomination forms received by 30 June every year will be processed together and presented to the following Executive Council meeting after due processing. For more, please download.

 


 

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Nominations Invited for World Heritage Irrigation Structures (WHIS) 2019

Nominations are invited from ICID National Committees for selection of “World Heritage Irrigation Structures” (WHIS) that includes both old operational irrigation structures as well as those having an archival value. A Task Team is set up every year to select historical drainage/drainage structures as received from various National Committees (NCs) to give recognition to the historical irrigation structures on the lines of World Heritage Sites (as recognized by UNESCO). National Committee can nominate more than one structure, using separate nomination form for each. Associated Members and non-member countries can nominate their structures through the neighboring active national committees or by submitting directly to the ICID Central Office.

At the 69th International Executive Council (IEC) meeting held in Saskatoon, Canada, August 2018, 14 World Heritage Irrigation Structures (WHIS) were approved for inclusion in the ICID Register of Heritage Irrigation Structures available on ICID website http://www.icid.org/icid_his1.html.

The next batch of the World Heritage Irrigation Structures will be included in the ICID Register of Heritage Structures and presented a “Plaque”, citing the salient features of the WHIS during the 70th IEC meeting to be held from 11-7 September 2019, Bali, Indonesia.

The last date for receipt of nomination to the ICID Central Office is 31 May 2019.

 
 

 

ICID Register of World Heritage Irrigation Structures

 

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