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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.
Scope and Objective
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 main objectives of recognition as a “Heritage Irrigation Structures” are:
The type of the structures or facilities to be considered for recognition shall fulfil following criterion:
How are the structures recognized?
A historical irrigation and drainage structure fulfilling the criterion laid down under section III c, based on the recommendation of the Jury to be constituted each year following the guidelines, as presented in section III b, is recognized as Heritage Irrigation Structure (HIS) by including it in an “ICID World List of Heritage Irrigation Structures and presenting a “Heritage Irrigation Structure” Plaque citing the salient features of the HIS. The Plaque will be awarded to the National Committees for onward transmission to the authorities responsible for the running and maintenance of the structure for displaying prominently on the body of the structure. The ICID World List of HIS would be publicized through ICID media channels.
What benefits will flow from recognition as the Heritage Irrigation Structures?
The process of documentation, recognition and appropriate management of the Heritage Irrigation Structures will benefit the irrigation and drainage fraternity as well as the society in general by providing:
What does listing as an ICID Heritage Irrigation Structure means?
For UNESCO World Heritage Sites, inclusion means maintaining status quo forever. But it would be incorrect to stipulate the same for irrigation structure, as the people have the right to replace older structure with more efficient ones for better water use efficiency. ICID may provide small scale technical guidance to the project authority through a team of experts from ICID for its further sustainability, conservation and safe management as long as possible. ICID through various kinds of published material (Coffee table publications, web pages etc) should bring these HIS into the public knowledge and the role they have played in achieving food security.
Any National Committee/Committee of ICID can nominate or send a proposal for recognizing historical irrigation structures meeting the criteria prescribed below, in the format prescribed at Annexure. The NC shall obtain a ‘letter of support’ from the relevant authority (ies).
The President shall constitute a Panel of Judges, every year broadly following the composition below for adjudication with the objective to provide recognition of Heritage Irrigation Structures:
Chairman, PCSO - Chairman
The structure recognized as an Heritage Irrigation Structure should fulfill one or more of the following criterion.
ICID will seek to create a fund to meet the requirements of resources for:
The ICID Central Office may be contacted for further information on the Recognition of HIS,