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Scholarship to Young Professionals for E-Learning Program  
WWC Elects New Board to Ensure Water Security ICID Sub-Forum on Sustainable Water Resources Management and Food Security
International Advanced Workshop and Training on Irrigation and Drainage, Beijing, China 11th ICID Irrigation Drainage Workshop, Cairo, Egypt
Irrigation Conferences set for Reno and Phoenix, USA Highlights of 63rd IEC Meeting and 7th Asian Regional Conference, Adelaide
Opening of the ICID Asian Regional/ IAL Conference and Trade Show, Adelaide Highlights of 62nd IEC, 21st ICID Congress and 8th IMIC
24th ICID European Regional Conference, Orleans, France - A Summary International Centre for Training and Research in Irrigation and Drainage launched in Beijing
Outcome of 6th Asian Regional Conference Highlights of the 61st IEC Meeting & 6th ARC



Scholarship to Young Professionals for E-Learning Program

Effective operation, maintenance and management of irrigation systems, by adopting a user-cantered and user-driven approach, also known as Service Oriented Management of Irrigation Systems (SOMIS), is key to the sustainable agriculture water management. UNESCO-IHE offers the SOMIS online course in full distance learning mode spanning four months with a workload of 140 hours (8 hours a week on average). The course is sub-divided into 8 subjects and a paper assignment. The course has the objective to educate the participants about: Basic principles, significance, and concepts of Service Oriented Management of Irrigation Systems; Key activities and processes associated with service oriented management in real field situations; and Physical, economic, and institutional requisites for service oriented management.

ICID is happy to announce scholarship to two Young Professionals to participate in this e-Learning Program being organized by UNESCO-IHE from 01 Mar 2013 to 05 Jul 2013. The course is designed for mid-level irrigation professionals and water managers who are engaged or aspire to engage into sustainable, service-oriented, and participatory management of irrigation systems. Young Professionals, below the age of forty years from developing countries and countries in transition are advised to apply online before 01st February 2013. Further details of the course and the on line form is available on the web pages cited below.

After filling the form on-line, UNESCO-IHE will send a notification by email within 10 working days stating whether or not the application has been accepted. Upon receiving the notification of acceptance of the application from UNESCO-IHE, applicants should send a copy of the notification to ICID Central Office through the Chairman of the National Committee of ICID in his/her home country. The applicants will be intimated of the award of scholarship or otherwise by ICID Central Office.

WWC Elects New Board to Ensure Water Security

The World Water Council (WWC) announced that its members have elected a new Board of Governors. The Board will oversee and guide the Council’s work for the coming three years. The elections took place during the triennial General Assembly for which 240 participants had gathered in Marseille, France. Through majority rule voting, the members elected the 36 Governors from 64 candidatures and the Governors unanimously appointed Benedito Braga to serve as President of the World Water Council.

The 20 new Governors took seat in the Board from 13 countries and 6 international organizations that represent the five Council colleges: Inter-governmental Organizations, Governments and Governmental Authorities, Enterprises and Facilities, Civil Society and Water Users Associations and Professional Associations and Academics. The Board of Governors serves on a mandate of three years that lead up to the World Water Forum, organised on a triennial basis. [More...]

WWC BoG, 2012

ICID Sub-Forum on Sustainable Water Resources Management and Food Security during the 5th International Yellow River Forum

ICID Sub-Forum on Sustainable Water Resources Management and Food Security during the 5th International Yellow River Forum

From Sept. 24 to 28, 2012 the 5th International Yellow River Forum was organized by Yellow River Conservancy Commission in Zhengzhou, China. The theme of the forum was “Ensuring Water Right of the River’s Demand and Healthy River Basin Maintenance”. On Sept. 26 ICID hosted a Sub-forum on Sustainable Water Resources Management and Food Security with the highlight on optimizing water allocation for agricultural production and increasing water efficiency and productivity at various scales.

The sub-forum was Chaired by Dr. Hüseyin  GŰNDOĞDUi, Vice President of ICID. Mr. Li Guoying, Vice Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, China made an address in the sub-forum. Dr. Gao Zhanyi, President of ICID made a keynote speech on increasing water efficiency and productivity in agricultural production. Mr. Adama SANGARE,Vice President ICID made a presentation on Water and irrigation for food security in Africa.  Mr. Wang Aiguo, Director General, Dept. of Irrigation and Drainage, MWR, and Chairman, Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage made a presentation on food security and irrigation development in China. Mr. Uttam Raj Timilsina, Deputy Director General Dept. of Irrigation, Nepal made a presentation on irrigation development in Nepal. Prof. Dong Bin, Wuhan University, China, made a presentation on comprehensive technologies of high irrigation efficiency and productivity for paddy rice.

Panel Discussions were conducted with panelists from FAO, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China. The Sub-forum highlighted the importance and experiences on irrigation development and water saving practices in Asia and Africa.

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International Advanced Workshop and Training on Irrigation and Drainage, 21-26 September 2012, Beijing, China

Beijing Workshop, 2012

It is recognized that our inability to use water wisely in agriculture will endanger water security and has the potential to lead to political stability and peace. Evapotranspiration by the crops and evaporation from the field is an actual water loss within irrigation process, which is not hydrologicaly recoverable. Attempts to minimize such water losses through micro-and drip irrigation technologies through improved design and spreading micro-irrigation systems efficiency by incorporating latest research findings need to be accelerated. One of the most significant changes in institutional arrangements in recent years has been the participatory irrigation management movement and the development of water user associations.

These topics were addressed at the “International Advanced Workshop and Training on Irrigation and Drainage” in Beijing, China from 21-26 September 2012 organized by Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, the Chinese Research and Training Centre. The workshop was also supported by Ministry of Water Resources, Chinese Irrigation and Drainage Development Centre and China Institution of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR).

The workshop was attended by about 20 participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Mali, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China. The participants shared various water saving techniques being adopted in their countries. They also shared the participatory irrigation management practices. Secretary General Avinash Tyagi, Vice Presidents Adama Sangare and VP Huseyin Gundogdu also attended the workshop. The participants had the opportunity to visit the Daxing Irrigation Experimental Station, Shunyi Water Saving Irrigation Trial Field and Dujiangvan Irrigation System, one of the most ancient irrigation systems and the UNESCO World Heritage Site has sustained over more than 2300 years. The participants also attended the 6th Yellow River Forum where a ICID had organized an Irrigation Sub-forum on 26th September.

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11th ICID Irrigation Drainage Workshop, 22-24 September 2012, Cairo, Egypt

11th International Drainage Workshop

Inefficient management and application of water about 11% of the world’s irrigated area of about 300 million ha worldwide. However, in many countries owing to is suffering from salinization and about 60-80 million hectares are affected to some extent waterlogging/salinity.

Agricultural drainage is one of the core activity areas of ICID. ICID has long been concerned with these issues and has established various working groups addressing the environmental impacts such as drainage of irrigated lands, the use of poor quality water including saline and wastewater in irrigation and management of lowlands and wetlands.

The 11th International Drainage Workshop, organized and hosted by the Egyptian National Committee (ENCID), the National Water Research Center (NWRC) and the Egyptian Public Authority on Drainage Projects (EPADP) in Cairo, Egypt from September 22-24, 2012.  The workshop was opened by the Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Eng. Mohamed Bahaa El Dine Saad. Secretary General Avinash Tyagi also attended the workshop and brought greetings of President Gao Zhanyi during the opening ceremony. Other ICID dignitaries attending the workshop included Vice Presidents Honoraire Mahmoud Abu Zeid, Hussein El Atfy, Safwat Abdel Dayem, Ragab Ragab, and Dr. Shaden Abdel Gawad. President Hon Professor Dr Chandra Madramootoo delivered a keynote address at the workshop entitled: Evolution of Drainage in a Changing Environmental Context. 

The Working Group on Drainage (WG-DRG) has been working on this area since three decades. Under the overall guidance of WG-DRG a series of International Drainage Workshops (IDWs) have been organised since 1978. The 11th workshop in the series being hosted by the Egyptian National Committee (ENCID) is on the theme “Agricultural Drainage Needs and Future Priorities”.

Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations

Professor Dr Chandra Madramootoo Pays Courtesy Call on Egyptain Prime Minister

PH Chandra with Prime Minister Egypt

President Hon Madramootoo paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Prime Minister Dr Hesham Khandil and an eminent drainage engineer who worked for several years on the Canadian financed National Water Quality and Availability Management Project (NAWQAM) in Egypt.

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Irrigation Conferences Set for Reno and Phoenix, U.S.A.

Water resources professionals from around the world are encouraged to participate in two upcoming meetings organized by the U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID). 

Reno, Nevada — November 13-16, 2012

Managing Irrigation Systems in Today's Environment is the theme of the Conference to be held in Reno, Nevada, November 13-16, 2012.  The diversity and complexity of issues facing irrigation districts today presents challenges for district managers and staff. This Conference will focus on contemporary issues and the experiences of irrigation districts in the western U.S., but representatives of water agencies overseas will find the Conference discussions to be relevant as well. Issues such as modernization of aging infrastructure, water shortages, changing water quality regulations, environmental issues, and the need for managers and staff to understand and implement new technologies are topics that will be beneficial to water resources professionals, including officials from government agencies, water districts, academia and consultants.

A Monday afternoon half day Workshop on Irrigation District Modernization will be presented by Charles M. Burt, who has experience in more than 200 districts worldwide. He is Chairman of Cal Poly's Irrigation Training and Research Center.

Conference details, including registration and hotel information, are online now.  The Conference venue is the beautiful Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, with a 24-hour casino, several restaurants, bars and lounges, as well as two pools, a fitness center and boutique shops.

Phoenix, Arizona — April 16-19, 2013

USCID will host the Seventh International Conference on Irrigation and Drainage in the desert southwest during April 2013. The Conference Theme, Using 21st Century Technology to Better Manage Irrigation Water Supplies, recognizes that since the beginning of the 21st century, advances in science and technology have been unprecedented. The agricultural industry needs to embrace these 21st century technologies to once again transform and adapt agricultural practices to improve efficiency and benefit people, not just in the United States, but throughout the world. The goal of the Conference is to bring together water resources professionals interested in the new technologies, as they relate to irrigated agriculture.

Abstracts are invited by October 15 for proposed papers on the following topics:

  • Water Savings for Transfers
  • New Flow and Delivery Challenges
  • Innovative Technology
  • Advances in Evapotranspiration Prediction
  • Water Quality and Drainage
  • On Farm Challenges
  • Flood Control

Both Conferences will feature oral and poster session presentations, an exhibition, field tours and networking events. 

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Highlights of 63rd IEC Meeting and 7th Asian Regional Conference, Adelaide, June 2012

A view of the opening ceremony


Newly Elected Office Bearers (2012-2015)

Winners of WatSave Award 2012

Technology: Prof. Peng Shizhang (China)

Innovative Water Management: Mr. Peter McCamish (Australia)

Best Paper Award 2012

Zahra Paydar, Freeman Cook, Emmanuel Xevi, and Keith Bristow (Australia) received 'Best Paper Award 2012' for their outstanding paper titled "An Overview of Irrigation Mosaics" published in Volume 60, No.4.

Opening of the ICID Asian Regional/ IAL Conference and Trade Show at Adelaide

A view of the opening ceremony

ICID’s 7th Asian Regional/ Irrigation Australia Conference and Trade Show were opened today at the grand ceremony held at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  More than 500 delegates from 56 countries have gathered in Adelaide- the wine capital of Southern Australia. At the outset, Mr. Ian Atkinson, CEO of IAL welcomed the delegates. Mr. Tony Burke, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities addressed the gathering through pre-recorded video. President Dr. Gao Zhanyi delivered the keynote speech on ‘Water and Irrigation for Food Security’. Mr. Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, Mr. Peter Toome, Chair IAL and Mr. Thierry Facon of FAO also gave speeches on the occasion.

Earlier, on 24 June, ICID’s 63rd Foundation Day was celebrated at the Conference venue which was attended by representatives of all National Committees present together with delegates from other international organizations. Vice President Willem Vlotman, Chair Australian National Committee welcomed the delegates.  Secretary General Avinash Tyagi gave a brief history of ICID’s establishment. Pres. Hon Bart Schultz provided a very interesting introspection of the Commission’s journey through last decades. Finally President Dr. Gao Zhanyi in his address highlighted the challenges to be tackled by ICID in coming years.

President Gao Zhanyi

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Highlights of 62nd IEC, 21st ICID Congress and 8th IMIC

Tehran Congress

Winners of WatSave Award 2011

Technology: Messrs. Pieter S van Heerden and Charles T Crosby (South Africa)

Innovative Water Management: Prof. Dr. Subhash Madhawrao Taley (India)

Farmer: Mr. Jerry Erstrom (USA)

Best National Committee Award (BPNCA)

South African National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (SANCID) won the fourth Award for "Best Performing National Committee" for its outstanding achievements and contribution to ICID activities.

Best Performing Workbody Award (BPWA)

Working Group on Sustainable Development of Tidal Areas (WG-SDTA) won the third Best Performing Workbody Award.

Best Paper Award

Yanbo Huang, Guy Fipps, Stephan J. Maas, and Reginald S. Fletcher (USA) received 'Best Paper Award 2010' for their outstanding paper titled "Airborne Remote Sensing for Detection of Irrigation Canal Leakage" published in Volume 59, No. 5.

New Secretary General (Designate) - Mr. Avinash C.Tyagi

62nd IEC ratify the selection and appointment of Mr. Avinash C. Tyagi as Secretary General w.e.f. 1 January 2012.

International Centre for Training and Research in Irrigation and Drainage launched in Beijing

A China Research and Training Centre of International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID) was launched at the hands of ICID President Chandra Madramootoo on 12 July 2011 in Beijing. The impressive inaugural function was graced by the presence of PH Aly Shady, Secretary General M. Gopalakrishnan, VP Willem Vlotman (Australia), VP AK Bajaj (India), VPH Karim Shiati Iran), VPH Cai Lingen, VPH Gao Zhanyi (China), Prof. wang Aiguo, Chairman CNCID, Prof. Li Yangbin, DG of China Irrigation and Drainage Development Center and its staff,  Thierry Facon (FAO), representatives of National Committees of   Canada, Malaysia, Mali, Niger, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, and Uzbekistan and all the office bearers gathered here during this occasion, The launch ceremony was held on the occasion of the CNCID-ICID International Workshop on Water Saving Irrigation and Food Security organized during 11- 14 July 2011 with the support of the Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of China.

Beijing Workshop, July 2011

Beijing Workshop, July 2011

The Workshop is a maiden effort following the engagement under ICID's renewed efforts to invigorate the IPTRID, a global programme on Irrigation and Drainage Technology and Research, in tune with the IEC decisions of ICID. The workshop was opened by the Vice minister, Ministry of Water Resources, China Mr. Jiao Yong in the presence of Prof. Jia Jinsheng, President ICOLD In his keynote speech ICID President Madramootoo urged on the need for Global Food Security and the importance for water savings in agriculture which shall drive the future technology and research in the sphere.

In a high level meeting held with His Excellency Hon'ble Minister for Water Resources Dr. Chen Li, expressed his strong commitment in supporting the ICID and in promoting its mission across the globe.

[Summary of the workshop] [Presentations - 33 MB]

24th ICID European Regional Conference, Orleans, France - A Summary

The 24th European Regional Conference of ICID on the theme “Groundwater Resource: An Essential Resource to be Saved and Managed” was successfully held on 14-16 March 2011 in Orléans, France. The Conference was attended by 300 participants from 20 countries and more than 100 papers were presented and deliberated in two plenary sessions – Key Notes presentations and Beauce session — and under six parallel topics.

24 ERC

The Keynote Session was inaugurated by President Prof. Dr. Chandra Madramootoo who spoke of global trends in the usage of the groundwater reserves and resulting pressures from overexploitation. Dr. Margat, a world-renowned Hydro-geologist then presented key data on the usage of the groundwater for irrigation, noting its rapid development over the past 50 years and the difficulties of managing a collective resource for which thousands of individuals have liberal access. Pr. Ghislain de Marsily, an eminent Hydrologist and Member of the French Academy of Science, presented a case study on aquifer management in the French region of Marais-Poitevin which calls into question the necessity for extensive knowledge of water resources for its management. On behalf of Dr. T. Shah, Senior Fellow at International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Dr. Marcel Kuper described how communities in the India have responded to aquifer development and overexploitation, noting two distinct responses based on the abundance and accessibility of water resources. Pr. B. Barraqué, Political Scientist and Economist with the French Centre International de Recherches sur l’Environnement et le Développement, described the evolution of water management in Europe, as the status of groundwater resources move from a thing that is privately owned to a common resource under Public Trust.

The plenary Beauce session looked exclusively into the development of irrigation in the French region of Beauce, an important region for grain production in France, and the system progressively put in place to manage volumetric demands on the aquifer. Five presentations provided different points of view on a shared challenge. The other key issues of groundwater management were addressed through paper presentations made under six topics.

The Proceedings and the presentations of the conference are available on the Conference website:



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