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Questions Discussed in Congresses

Question No.
Topics Discussed
1st Congress (Questions 1 and 2), 1951, Delhi, India  
1
National review of irrigation development and practice.
2
Present-day problems in irrigation and drainage.
2nd Congress (Questions 3, 4, 5 and 6), 1954, Algiers, Algeria  
3
The problem of freeboard in irrigation channels.
4
Behavior of subsoil water table under a system of irrigation and/or drainage.
5
The maintenance of irrigation and drainage channels with special reference to weed control.
6
Ground Water : Its use for irrigation, safe yield from a unit area or basin, artificial recharge of supply and planned utilization of underground reservoirs.
3rd Congress (Questions 7, 8, 9 and 10), 1957, San Francisco, USA 
7
Canal lining
8
Soil and water relationship in irrigation.
9
Hydraulic structures on irrigation and drainage systems.
10
Interrelation between irrigation and drainage.
4th Congress (Questions 11, 12, 13 and 14), 1960, Madrid, Spain 
11
Reclamation of waterlogged and marshy lands.
12
Sprinkler irrigation and comparison with other methods of irrigation.
13
Tolerance of plants to minerals in solution in irrigation water and in soil.
14
Use of longitudinal embankments or levees as flood protection measures.
5th Congress (Questions 15, 16, 17 and 18), 1963, Tokyo, Japan 
15
Economics and financing of irrigation, and flood control works.
16
Efficiency of water distribution and use on the land.
17
Control of water table in drained lands - prevention of overdrainage.
18
Flood prevention and control by surface and subsurface retention or spreading.
6th Congress (Questions 19, 20, 21 and 22), 1966, New Delhi, India 
19
Reclamation of saline lands under irrigation.
20
Sediment in irrigation and drainage channels.
21
Development of deltaic areas.
22
Integrated operation of reservoirs for irrigation, flood control and other purposes.
7th Congress (Questions 23, 24, 25 and 26), 1969, Mexico City, Mexico  
23
Water requirements of crops.
24
Hydraulic structures on small channels.
25
Methods and economics of operation and maintenance of drainage systems in agricultural areas.
26
Development of new irrigable and drained areas - procedures and policies.
8th Congress (Questions 27, 28 and 29), 1972, Varna, Bulgaria 
27
Field irrigation and drainage in deltaic, coastal and low-lying areas.
28
Recent and promising developments including mechanization of operations in the field of irrigation and drainage.
29
Factors affecting river training, and flood plain regulation (including flood zoning).
9th Congress (Questions 30, 31 and 32), 1975, Moscow, USSR  
30
Sediment controlling irrigation intake structures.
31
Planning of development of ground water for irrigation.
32
Comparison of advanced methods of irrigation including development of irrigation by pumping.
10th Congress (Questions 33, 34 and 35), 1978, Athens, Greece 
33
Economic evaluation of irrigation projects - studies developed and case studies of economic and environmental effects.
34
Lateral subsurface drainage techniques and drainage construction methods.
35
Operation and maintenance of irrigation and drainage systems (Organization, maintenance equipment, operation, etc.).
11th Congress (Questions 36 and 37), 1981, Grenoble, France
36
Improvement and modernization of existing irrigation and drainage systems.
37
Flood control in relation to land use planning and water management.
12th Congress (Questions 38 and 39), 1984, Fort Collins, USA 
38
Water management factors.
39
Irrigation and drainage of problems soils.
13th Congress (Questions 40 and 41), 1987, Casablanca, Morocco  
 
Congress Theme : Improving water management in developing countries 
40
Rehabilitation and modernization of irrigation and drainage projects for improving water management.
41
Improving water management through training.
14th Congress (Questions 42 and 43), 1990, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  
42
The influence of irrigation and drainage on the environment with particular emphasis on impact on the quality of surface and ground waters.
43
The role of irrigation in mitigating the effects of drought.
15th Congress (Questions 44 and 45), 1993, The Hague, Netherlands  
 
Congress Theme : Water management in the next century 
44
Planning and design of irrigation and drainage systems.
45
Irrigation and drainage systems management - institutional and financial interrelationships.
16th Congress (Questions 46 and 47), 1996, Cairo, Egypt  
 
Congress Theme : Sustainability of irrigated agriculture 
46
Farmers' participation towards sustainable irrigated agriculture.
47
Irrigation planning and management: Measures in harmony with the environment.
 17th Congress (Questions 48 and 49), 1999, Granada, Spain
 
Congress Theme : Water in the next millennium 
48
Irrigation under conditions of water scarcity
49
Rehabilitation and modernization of irrigation and drainage systems.
  18th Congress (Question 50 and 51), 2002, Montreal, Canada
  Congress Theme : Food production under conditions of water scarcity, increasing population and environmental pressures
50
Food production, poverty alleviation and environmental challenges as influenced by limited water resources and population growth
51
Integration and management of irrigation, drainage and flood control
  19th Congress (Question 52 and 53), 2005, Beijing, China
Congress Theme : Use of Water and Land for Food and Environmental Sustainability
52
Improving Water and Land Management for Increasing Efficiency in Irrigated Agriculture
53
Harmonious Coexistence with Flood Water
  20th Congress (Question 54 and 55), 2008, Lahore, Pakistan
  Congress Theme : Participatory Integrated Water Resources Management - From Concepts to Actions
54
Sustainable Integrated Water Resource Management
55
Roles of Public and Private Sectors in Water Resources Development and Management
  21st Congress (Question 56 and 57), 2011, Tehran, Iran
56
Water and Land Productivity Challenges
57
Water Management in Rainfed Agriculture
   

 

Subjects of the Special Session/Seminar held along with Congresses

Year
Topic
1963
Crop growing by flood spreading. Flood recession crops. Technical aspects, as related to river control. Economical aspects
1966
New and promising developments in the field of irrigation, drainage and flood control.
1969
Essential elements necessary for successful irrigated agriculture.
1972
Essential measures for introduction and development of irrigation and drainage schemes in developing countries.
1975
Environmental control for irrigation, drainage and flood control projects.
1978
Mass transfer of water over long distances for regional development and its effects on the human environment.
1981
Methods of post-project evaluation: Achievements and remedial measures.
1984
Impacts of the energy crisis on irrigation and drainage.
1987
The role and integration of irrigation, drainage and flood control projects in the national development plans for developing countries.
1990
Socio-economic and technological impacts of mechanized irrigation systems.
1993
Irrigation and drainage in competition for water.
1996
The future of irrigation under increased demand from competitive uses of water greater needs for food supply.
1999
Sustainable use of poor quality water
2002
Research and development in irrigation, drainage and flood control
2005
Legal and Institutional Challenges
2005
Management of Historical / Traditional Irrigation Projects
2008
Implication of Global Changes on Irrigation and Drainage System Development and Management / Lessons to Learn from the History of Water Management in Large River Basins and Drought
2011
Modernization of Water Management Schemes
   

 

Subjects of the Symposia held along with Congresses

Year
Topic
1969
The application of computers in the analysis of various problems relating to irrigation and drainage systems.
1972
Water resource systems planning with special references to irrigation, drainage and flood control.
1975
Introduction of automatic facilities for the needs of collecting and processing of information, planning and managing in the fields of irrigation and drainage.
1978
Development of techniques to recharge subterranean aquifers to conserve surplus river flows.
1981
Principles of designing control systems for water resources and irrigation using modern techniques.
1984
New developments in the protection of irrigation, drainage and flood control structures on rivers.
1987
Designing and operating irrigation systems, particularly on-farm systems, having insufficient capacity to meet peak water requirements in semi-arid regions with emphasis on economics.
1990
Real-time scheduling of water deliveries.
1993
The impact of real time information on system management.
1996
Management information systems in irrigation and drainage.
1999
Irrigated agriculture-constraints, future role and crop diversification.
2002
Private sector participation in irrigation and drainage
2005
Water Quality/Salinity Management
2008
Integrated Water Management in the River Basin Context
2011 Climate Change Impacts on Soil and Water Resources
   

 

VENUES OF IEC MEETINGS AND CONGRESSES SINCE 1950

Year
No. of IEC
No. of Congress
Location
1950
1
 
Simla, India
1951
2
1
Delhi, India
1952
3
 
Chicago, USA
1953
4
 
Bangalore, India
1954
5
2
Algiers, Algeria
1955
6
Montreux, Switzerland
1956
7
 
Madrid, Spain
1957
8
3
San Francisco, USA
1958
9
 
Rome, Italy
1959
10
 
Canberra, Australia
1960
11
4
Madrid, Spain
1961
12
 
Moscow, USSR
1962
13
 
Jerusalem, Israel
1963
14
5
Tokyo, Japan
1964
15
Salisbury, Zimbabwe
1965
16
 
Athens, Greece
1966
17
6
New Delhi, India
1967
18
 
The Hague, Netherlands
1968
19
 
Cairo, Egypt
1969
20
7
Mexico City, Mexico
1970
21
 
Ankara, Turkey
1971
22
 
London, Great Britain
1972
23
8
Varna, Bulgaria
1973
24
 
Prague, Czechoslovakia
1974
25
 
Bonn, Germany
1975
26
9
Moscow, USSR
1976
27
 
Banff, Canada
1977
28
 
Tehran, Iran
1978
29
10
Athens, Greece
1979
30
 
Rabat, Morocco
1980
31
 
London, Great Britain
1981
32
11
Grenoble, France
1982
33
 
New Delhi, India
1983
34
 
Melbourne, Australia
1984
35
12
Fort Collins, USA
1985
36
 
Vina del Mar, Chile
1986
37
 
Lahore, Pakistan
1987
38
13
Casablanca, Morocco
1988
39
 
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
1989
40
 
Ottawa, Canada
1990
41
14
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1991
42
 
Beijing, China
1992
43
 
Budapest, Hungary
1993
44
15
The Hague, Netherlands
1994
45
 
Varna, Bulgaria
1995
46
 
Rome, Italy
1996
47
16
Cairo, Egypt
1997
48
Oxford, Great Britain
1998
49
 
Bali, Indonesia
1999
50
17
Granada, Spain
2000
51
 
Capetown, South Africa
2001
52
 
Seoul, Korea
2002
53
18
Montreal, Canada
2003
54
 
Montpellier, France
2004
55
 
Moscow, Russia
2005
56
 19
Beijing, China
2006
57
  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2007
58
  Sacramento, USA
2008
59
20
Lahore, Pakistan
2009
60
  New Delhi, India
2010
61
  Jogyakarta, Indonesia
2011
62
21
Tehran, Iran
2012
63
  Adelaide, Australia

  

REGIONAL CONFERENCES

AFRICAN REGIONAL CONFERENCES
No. Year & Date Venue Theme
1 6-9 December 2004 Cairo, Egypt Drainage in Africa : Challenges and Opportunities for Enhancing Quality of Life
2 6 - 9 November 2007 Johannesburg, South Africa Contribution of rainfed and irrigated agriculture to poverty alleviation through increased productivity in Africa
3 29 November - 5 December 2011 Bamako, Mali Food security & climate change : How to improve contribution of irrigation and drainage
       
 
ASIAN REGIONAL CONFERENCES
No. Year & Date Venue Theme
1 16-21 September 2001 Seoul, South Korea  
2 14-17 March 2004 Echuca, Australia Irrigation in the total catchment management
3 13-15 September 2006 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Transforming irrigated agriculture into an efficient engine of growth
4 2-5 May 2007 Tehran, Iran Participatory Irrigation Management
5 6-11 December 2009 New Delhi, India Improvement in Efficiency of Irrigation Projects through Technology Up-gradation and Better Operation & Maintenance
6 10-16 October 2010 Yogyakarta, Indonesia Improvement of irrigation and Drainage efficiency under the small land holding condition
7 24-29 June 2012 Adelaide, Australia Regional cooperation for water and food security
       
 
AFRO-ASIAN REGIONAL CONFERENCES
No. Year & Date Venue Theme
1 7-16 September 1976
Tashkent (USSR) Socio-economic aspects of irrigation, drainage and flood control in the Afro-Asian countries.
2 4-9 December 1978
Manila (Philippines) Rice production in Afro-Asian countries.
3 23-28 October 1980
New Delhi (India) Management of water in irrigated systems including conjunctive use of surface and ground water and command area development.
4. 9-14 January 1982
Lagos, Nigeria River basin development for food production.
5 25 Aug-5 Sep 1995
Townsville, Australia Planning and management of water for agriculture in the tropics.
6 9-16 March 1987
Cairo, Egypt Water management in arid and semi-arid areas.
7 16-20 October 1989
Tokyo, Japan Planning and management of water for agricultural and rural development in humid and semi-arid areas.
8 18-23 November 1991
Bangkok, Thailand Land and water management in Afro-Asian countries.
9 13-15 March 1995
Algiers, Algeria Developing strategy for drought and flood control in the Afro-Asian Regional.
10 20-25 July 1998
Bali, Indonesia Water and Land Development and Management for Sustainable use.
       
EUROPEAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE
No. Year & Date Venue Theme
1 1960
Utrecht, Netherlands Drainage problems in deltaic and estuarine areas.
2 1964
Lisbon, Portugal Irrigation with alluvial waters of river valleys.
3 1965
Rome, Italy (i) Determination of the cost of water for collective irrigation, only for operation, maintenance and amortization of plants from the moment water is delivered to the supply canal serving a district.
(ii) Problems concerning seepage loses in channels, defects in management of the network, inefficient utilization of water on the ground, etc.
4 1966
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain (i) Rational utilization of irrigation water and its comparison with accomplished utilization.
(ii) Agricultural exploitation - overall considerations which are necessary to obtain the greatest efficiency in the management of irrigation. Special considerations concerning the utilization of very costly water in the high productivity regions (Pumping of water at important elevations. Pumping deep in the underground water table.)
5 1967
Cambridge, Great Britain (i) The use of re-use of water with relation to agricultural requirements.
(ii) Flood control measures from the agricultural point of view and the protection of underground water from salt-water intrusion.
6 1968
Wurzburg, Germany (i) Design and construction of drainage and irrigation systems by under ground pipes, with particular reference to the use and mechanical laying of plastic pipes.
(ii) Drainage in saline conditions, with special reference to leaching of the soil in the presence of a high saline ground-water table.
7 1970
Prague, Czechoslovakia Irrigation of orchards and vineyards.
8 1971
Aix-en-Provence, France Conception, étude, réalisation et exploitation des réseaux modernes d'irrigation par canalisation sous pression.
9 1973
Budapest, Hungary Multi-purpose river training and water utilization.
10 1974
Sevilla, Spain Drainage and reclamation of agricultural lands.
11 1977
Rome, Italy Small watershed management, with emphasis on small reservoirs development.
12 1979
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia Multi-purpose water engineering projects on river basin scale.
13 1982
Lisbon, Portugal Rehabilitation of existing irrigation and drainage projects.
14 1986
La Manga del Mar Menor, Murcia, Spain Solution to water problem in areas with insufficient water resources.
15 1988
Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia Agricultural water management.
16 1992
Budapest, Hungary European strategies for irrigation, drainage and flood control in the 1990's.
17 1994
Varna, Bulgaria Efficient and ecologically sound use of irrigation water with special reference to European countries.
18 1997
Oxford, Great Britain Water - An economic good?
19 2001 Prague, Czech Sustainable use of land and water
20 2003 Montpellier, France Theme 1 : Origin of water use conflicts; Theme 2 : Methods of conflict resolution
21 2005 Frankfurt (Odder), Germany; Slubice, Poland Integrated Land and Water Resources Management : Towards Sustainable Rural Development
22 2007 Pavia, Italy Water Resources Management and Irrigation and Drainage Systems Development in the European Environment
23 2009 Lviv, Ukraine Progress in Managing Water for Food and Rural Development
24 2011 Orleans, France Groundwater Management
25 2011 Groningen, The Netherlands Integrated Water Management for Multiple Land Use in Flat Coastal Areas
       
PAN AMERICAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE
No. Year & Date Venue Theme
1 1984
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil Irrigation and Drainage Development in the American Countries: Problems and Solutions.
2 1989
Ottawa, Canada Toxic Substances in Agricultural Water Supply and Drainage.
3 1992
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico Modernization of Irrigation Districts.
4 2000
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico  
5 2006 Mexico  
       

 

INTERNATIONAL DRAINAGE WORKSHOPS

First Workshop, Wageningen, Netherlands, May 1978.
Second Workshop, Washington, USA, December 1982.
Third Workshop, Colombus, Ohio, USA, December 1987.
Fourth Workshop, Cairo, Egypt, February 1990.
Fifth Workshop, Lahore, Pakistan, February 1992.
Sixth Workshop, Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 1995.
Seventh Workshop, Penang, Malaysia, 1997.
Eighth Workshop, New Delhi, India, January 2000.
Ninth Workshop, The Netherlands, September 2003
Tenth Workshop, Helsinki, Finland | Tallinn, Estonia, 6-11 July 2008.
Eleventh Workshop, Theme: Agricultural Drainage Needs and Future Priorities, 23-27 September 2012, Cairo, Egypt

 

INTERNATIONAL MICRO-IRRIGATION CONGRESSES

1st Congress Israel, 1971
2nd Congress San Diego, California, USA, 1974
3rd Congress Fresno, California, USA, 1985
4th Congress Albury - Wodonga, Australia, 1988
5th Congress Orlando, Florida, USA, 1995
6th Congress* Capetown, South Africa, October 2000
Theme: Micro-Irrigation Technology for Developing Agriculture
7th Congress* Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2006
Theme: Advances in Micro Irrigation for Optimum Crop Production and Resource Conservation
8th Congress* Tehran, Iran, October 2011
Theme: Innovation in Technology and Management of Micro-Irrigation for Crop Production Enhancement
* Organized by ICID

 

Awards Won

Peace Messenger Award

India Power Award 2011

 

  • India Power Award 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation from American Society of Civil Engineers, 1952
  • Certificate for Best Printing and Display by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (Govt. of India) to the "Flood Control in the World - A Global Review" in the year 1975-76
  • Certificate of Best Printing and Display to the ICID Bulletin, Vol. 38, No.2 in July 1979.
  • United Nations "Peace Messenger Award" on 15 September 1987.

 Instituted by ICID

Dr. N.D. Gulhati Memorial Award (1995)
Dr. Hassan Ismail Memorial International Award (1995)
WatSave Awards (4 nos., 1998)
– Best Technology
– Best Management
– Young Irrigation Professionals Contribution

– Farmers

 

 

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