Dr. Nairizi began his career in 1969 as an Agricultural Extension Officer with Ghazvin Development Project, a leading developer of Irrigation Projects in Iran, later switched to teaching Irrigation at Faculty of Agriculture at Mashhad University of Iran, and was the Dean of the Faculty and Member of University Board in 1980. In 1983, he joined Mahab Ghods Consulting Engineers, the largest consulting firm in Iran, as its Regional Director at Khorasan, overseeing the projects works in Irrigation, Dams and Water Supply Projects. At present, Dr. Nairizi is Head of the Board and Managing Director of TOOSSAB Consulting Engineers Co. and Chairman of the Board of RAYAB Consulting Engineers Co. of Iran.
Born in 1946 in Iran, Dr. Nairizi holds a Ph.D. Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Southampton (1977) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Soil & Water Engineering from Cranfield University, England in 1974. He obtained his B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from Ahwaz University (Iran) in June 1968.
Agricultural Land and Water Management for
Sustainability under Climate Variability
26-28 April 2016, Aswan, Egypt
The 4th African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID) was organized from 26-28 April 2016 at historical city of Aswan, Egypt on the main theme ‘Agricultural Land and Water Management for Sustainability under Climate Variability’ by the host Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID). Three sub-topics covered were (i) Water Use Management; (ii) Food Security; and (iii) Research, Extension Services and Capacity Development.
Around 250 participants attended the conference representing 31 countries, mainly from Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and USA.
The conference held under the patronage of Prime Minister of Egypt, was inaugurated by H.E. Prof. Mohamed Abdel Atty, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt in the august presence of H.E. Magdy Hegazy, Governor of Aswan, H.E. Om Prakash Dhankar, Minister of Irrigation, Agriculture and Rural Development, Haryana State, India, H.E. Eng. Wassfi Hassan El-Sreihin, Secretary General, African-Asian Rural Development organization (AARDO), Dr. Saeed Nairizi, President ICID, VPH Dr. M.H. Amer, Chairman, ENCID, and an elite assembly of national, regional and international scientists, experts and professionals in the fields of irrigation, drainage, agriculture, environment and related fields. [More... }
President Dr. Saeed Nairizi visited ICID Central Office
16 March 2016
President Dr. Saeed Nairizi visited ICID Central Office, New Delhi on 16 March 2016. He was accompained by Mr. Alireza Salamat. Secretary General Avinash Tyagi received President at ICID Central Office.
Making right use of the 58th Board of Governors meeting of WWC at Jodhpur, 18-19 March 2016, Central Offie organized a preparatory meeting of the Water Systems Heritage (WSH) Program. This meeting was attended by majority of the partners (full report available at page 5).
President Dr. Nairizi held meeting with Secretary General Avinash Tyagi and discussed emerging issues, particularly on ICID's role in WSH. He also used this opportunity to discuss the issues related to 2nd World Irrigation Forum.
Taking advantage of the BoG meeting in Jodhpur, India, a preparatory meeting was organized at ICID Headquarters in New Delhi on 16 March 2016. The preparatory meeting for finalizing the program was organized with potential members form the International Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee attending the meeting to fine tune the proposal before presenting to the Board of Governors of WWC. The potential members of the International Committee and the Technical Advisory Committees were invited and Mr. Dale Jacobson, Member, BoG WWC; Mr. Henk van Schaick, ICOMOS; Mr. Kazumi Yamaoka, Commissioner, JNCID, MAFF, Japan; Mr. Alireza Salamat, Deputy Director, UNESCO Regional Centre on Urban Water Management-Tehran; Mr Emmanuel Grenier, Representative of International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) attended the meeting. Dr. Saeed Nairizi, President, ICID, Chaired the meeting.
2nd Asian Irrigation Forum "Securing Water and Food for the Future"
20-22 January 2016, Manila, Philippines
President Dr. Nairizi delivering keynote address (left) and presenting award to
Ms. Saraswati Upadhayaya, Nepal, winner of Youth Video Competition (right)
President Dr. Saeed Nairizi, ICID made a keynote address on the topic ‘Securing Water and Food for the Future - Role of ICID’ in the Second Asian Irrigation Forum (AIF2) organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the theme ‘Securing Water and Food for the Future’ at Manila during 20-22 January 2016. Secretary General Er. Avinash C. Tyagi and Executive Director Er. Harish K. Varma also attended the forum.
Dr. Nairizi during his presentation gave overview of the global water scarcity situation and highlighted the challenges faced by the water resources sector and possible options to address these challenges for sustainable development of irrigated agriculture. He also highlighted initiatives taken by ICID to address the issues and concerns of the sector such as adoption of new Vision 2030 by the ICID, setting up of Technical Support Unit (TSU) in ICID to develop a knowledge base in AWM, to support capacity development of professional staff in agricultural water management in Asia and Africa. He also invited participants to attend second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) on the theme ‘Water management in a changing World: Role of Irrigation in Sustainable Food Production’ to be organized at Chiang Mai, Thailand during 6-12 November 2016. Dr Nairizi also handed over award to the three winners of Youth video competition on theme ‘Who’s is growing tomorrow’s food’.
President Nairizi Visits National Irrigation Administration of Philippines
President Dr Saeed Nairizi, accompanied by the Secretary General and the Executive Director, visited the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) of Philippines on 21 January 2016 which also hosts the Philippines National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (PNC-ICID). The ICID team was welcomed by Er. Florencio F Padernal, the Administrator of NIA and Chairman of PNC-ICID and a number of other senior staff members.
On invitation of Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, President Dr. Saeed Nairizi visited Russia from 23 to 25th June of 2015. Dr. Nairizi visited the Agrarian University of Russia - State Agrarian University - Moscow Agricultural Academy (RSAU – MAA), where he emphasized the value of scientific and educational potentials. Dr. Nairizi met Prof. Vasilii Nechaev, Head of State Agrarian University and delivered a lecture titled ‘The role of land reclamation in guaranteeing the global food security’ for the students, and professionals of Kazan State Agricultural University. He had emphasized on the use of land-reclamation techniques to increase fertility of soils in support of poverty alleviation, which forms priority item under the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being set by United Nations.
During the meeting it was proposed to organize an international conference of educational institutes in the field of land reclamation from the member countries of ICID at the Russian State Agrarian University. Dr. Nairizi also emphasized the importance of imparting training for Agrarian specialists to fulfil their mission and highlighted the need for creation of a network, to compile world’s best practice in education and researches in the field of land reclamation.
President Dr. Nairizi also participated a Forum titled ‘International Field days in the Volga Region’ at Kazan-city in Republic of Tatarstan. Dr. Nairizi was presented different types of equipment’s in the field of land reclamation, which includes advanced sprinklers and suitable irrigation technologies for agricultural crops.
H.E. Marat Akhmetov, Minister of Agriculture of Republic of Tatarstan, explained the manufacturing capabilities of irrigation equipment in Russia.
A field visit to Arskay irrigation system, which consists of 463 ha area of irrigation with cultivation of potato (Agroholding “Kirlay”) was arranged. Mr. Mars Hismatulin, Managing Director “Tatmeliovodhoz” informed that 1.3 thousands hectares of irrigated plots were developed in last two years under the Federal Targeted Programme for the Development of land-reclamation.
President Nairizi visits Japan
2-10 April 2015
President Dr. Nairizi visited Japan from 2 April to 10 April on the way to attend the 7th World Water Forum (WWF7) held in Daegu and Gyeongbuk, Korea. He paid a courtesy call on Mr. KOIZUMI, the State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan on 6 April 2015. Mr. KOIZUMI expressed his gratitude to Dr. Nairizi’s visit and to the ICID’s contribution to irrigation and drainage sectors, as well as to the registration of the newly introduced Heritage Irrigation Structures (HIS), which includes nine structures from Japan. Mr. KOIZUMI also mentioned the Japan’s active contributions to the ICID and the importance of the roles of ICID in WWF7.
President Dr. Nairizi expressed his gratitude for the JNC-ICID’s active participation in the activities of ICID, particularly, the key role played by Vice President Hon. OTA and his team and requested for more active role of JNC-ICID in the future activities also. In the afternoon, a commemorative seminar was organized by the Japanese Association of ICID, which was attended by a large group of professionals. President Dr. Nairizi delivered a Keynote speech on “Water Productivity A Road to Sustainable Agriculture”.
Furthermore, President Dr. Nairizi took this opportunity to meet JNC-ICID members, including Dr. SATO (the chair of JNC-ICID) and Mr. HAYASHIDA and the secretaries of JNCID and highlighted on the roles of ICID National Committee all over the world.
VPH OTA, Chair of Task Force on WWF7 and Dr. YAMAOKA, a Board Member of World Water Council (WWC), held another meeting with President Dr. Nairizi and discussed detailed activities and strategies toward WWF7 and the Board of Governor meeting of WWC. President Dr. Nairizi also met VPH TANIYAMA, Dr. MASUMOTO at Tokyo, and Dr. WATANABE etc. at Kyoto.
President Dr. Nairizi with H.E KOIZUMI, State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan
A view of the meeting
President Dr. Nairizi delivering the Keynote address
President Dr. Saeed Nairizi at the Governing Council of
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
16-17 February 2015
President Dr. Nairizi with IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze, and
Dr. Marco Arcieri, Secretary General, ITAL-ICID at IFAD’s HQ, Rome
The consultations on the post-2015 development agenda have already helped and shaped to a shared vision: a world where extreme poverty has disappeared, everyone has accessed to adequate and nutritious food. The Governing Council of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) held its 38th Session from 16-17 February 2015 at Rome, Italy with the theme “Rural Transformation as a Key to Sustainable Development”, provided another such opportunity.
The agenda of the meeting included a high-level Governors’ Roundtable on overcoming challenges to rural transformation through the post-2015 sustainable development goals. The roundtable’s outcome advocated an approach to poverty reduction that “is holistic, including not only economic but also social and cultural development”.
Dr. Nairizi, President, ICID, and Dr. Marco Arcieri, Secretary General, ITAL-ICID represented ICID in the Session. Presidents Dr. Nairizi and Dr. Nwanze discussed about the cooperation between ICID and IFAD for strengthening the activities in future. Dr Nairizi said that Sustainable Development Goals provided an opportunity to refocus policies, investments and partnerships for more inclusive, sustainable and people-centered development.
For more information about the session please access http://www.ifad.org/events/gc/38/index.htm.
President Dr. Saeed Nairizi at 3rd India Water Week-2015
13-17 January 2015
President Dr. Saeed Nairizi visited ICID Central Office
President Dr. Saeed Nairizi visited ICID Central Office, New Delhi, after becoming the President of ICID from 12-15 January 2015. As per the invitation from India Water Week–2015 organizer, President Dr. Saeed Nairizi, addressed the gathering at the Plenary Session and delivered a lecture on “Sustainable Irrigated Agriculture – Making use of technological advances in water management” emphasized the need to understand the elements of basic hydrological cycle while undertaking modernization of irrigation projects. India Water Week, with Australia as the partner country and Maharashtra as the Partner state, was organized by Indian National Committee of ICID (INCSW), under the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India on the theme ‘Water Management for Sustainable Development’ from 13-17 January 2015 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, India. The Water Week, third in the series was inaugurated by Union Minister for Water Resources Sushri Uma Bharti along with the South Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Martin Hamilton, in the presence of Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu; Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh; Minister of State for Water Resources Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat; and Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar.
President Dr. Narizi along with Vice President Pandya, B.N. Navalawala and Prof. Dogan
Left to Right (Minister of State (IC), Environment Forests and Climate change Prakash Javadekar; Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu; Union Minister for Water Resources Sushri Uma Bharti; South Australian Minister for Tade and Investment Martin Hamilton; Minister of State for Water Resources Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat; and Vice President ICID and Chairman CWC A.B. Pandya
During his visit to Central Office President Nairizi held a meeting with professionals and staff and discussed various issues like strengthening ICID membership network, supporting workbodies in achieving their mandate, cooperation with international partners, efficient management of financial resources, and progress on new initiatives were discussed in detail. President Dr. Nairizi appreciated the dedicated services of the Central Office staff and appreciated the way they are handling the new initiatives, such as, ICID Vision 2030, Virtual meetings of the workbodies, Knowledge Management, Register of Heritage Irrigation Structures (HIS), Integrated Library Management System (ILMS), and Multilingual Technical Dictionary (MTD) etc. President Dr. Nairizi took stock of various capacity development initiatives such as e-learning, support to young professionals by sponsoring online courses on Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste being conducted by the United Nations University Institute for the Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and Resources organized by UNU-FLORES. On behalf of professionals and staff, Secretary General Avinash Tyagi assured President Dr. Narizi his full support and dedication to achieve the new initiatives and further pursuing the objectives of ICID.
President Dr. Nairizi, along with Secretary General Er. Avinash Tyagi and Director
Dr. Vijay K. Labhsetwar, visited Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) Pusa, and Water Technology Centre (WTC) New Delhi where they were welcomed by Dr. (Mrs.) Ravinder Kaur, Director, IARI and Project Director of WTC. The delegation visited the pilot project on Eco-friendly waste water treatment and reuse, which was covered in ICID News 2014 (Fourth Quarter). Dr Nairizi expressed his keen interest in gathering more information on the rainwater harvesting structure for small holder farmers. Dr. Kaur briefed the delegation on various activities of Center for Protected Cultivation Technology (CPCT) where various technologies of Green House cultivations were being practiced. CPCT established in 1999, over the years, the center has progressed considerably and diversified into the various kinds of protected structures and production technologies of several crops including high tech nursery management. The infra-structure includes climate controlled & naturally ventilated greenhouses for vegetables and flower crops, net houses, nursery facilities, open fields, drip irrigation system and packaging cum training hall <http://iari.res.in/?option=com_content&view=article&id=372&Itemid=975>. Dr Nairizi expressed his interest in more information on the water productivity vis a vis the economic productivity in various technologic combinations.
President Dr. Nairizi also took this opportunity to visit the National Agricultural Science Museum (NASM), situated in the National Agricultural Science Centre campus of ICAR in New Delhi. The museum portrays the development of agriculture in India since pre-historic time and the present state-of-the-art technology in agriculture in India, with a futuristic projection. For further details reader may visit <http://icar.org.in/en/node/306>.
President Dr. Saeed Nairizi at 53rd BoG of World Water Council (WWC)
27-28 October 2014 at Marseille, France
The World Water Council (WWC) held its 53rd Board of Governors (BoG) meeting on 27-28 October 2014 at Marseille, France. Dr. Saeed Nairizi (Iran), newly elected President of ICID as Governor and Er. Avinash C. Tyagi, Secretary General of ICID, as Alternate Governor, represented ICID.
The WWC President Prof. Benedito Braga welcomed the participants and emphasized in his opening address the importance of continuing to involve Council members in the implementation of its strategy in an open and transparent way. The ICID proposal for recognition to the Water Heritage Systems was accepted by the Council and a Task Team was constituted to further develop the program with its financial and institutional components. The members of the WWC attended the interactive session on 28th October 2014. The interactive session was organized around three roundtables dedicated to water in the SDGs; 7th World Water Forum, Climate Change in view of CoP21 in Paris, and the post-2015 development agenda.
Golden Autumn (08-11 October 2014), Moscow, Russia
An agricultural exhibition "Golden Autumn -2014" was held in Moscow (Russia) from 8th to the 11th of October 2014.
Together with the beginning of the XVI Russian agroindustrial exhibition "Golden Autumn" events was dedicated to the discussion of issues on the development of the national reclamation complex and launched an Exhibition of the achievements of the National Economy on 8 October 2014.
The H.E. Nikolai Fyodorov, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation held a working meeting with Dr. Saeed Nairizi, President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. As President, this was the first official visit of Dr. Saeed Nairizi to Russia.
During the meeting H.E. Nikolai Fyodorov highlighted that this meeting is symbolic which took place in the year of the 60th Anniversary of the membership of the National Committee of the Russian Federation on Irrigation and Drainage (RUCID). Also highlighted the importance of ICID membership in bringing together world-class scientists and practitioners in the field of agriculture and land reclamation. The 12th International Drainage Workshop which took place in St. Petersburg, June 2014, with a participation of international experts from 23 countries shows the commitment of international cooperation in technology transfer and knowledge dissemination. Some of the issues discussed are cooperation, exchange of experience in the field of water and land resources management, as well as measures on soil fertility improvement and food security.
During the uucoming first open Eurasian Forum “Reclamation: Efficient technologies and investments”, issues related to- current state and prospects of development as well as investment, attractiveness, and modernization of the reclamation complex of the Russian Federation will be discussed on priority. More emphasis will be on the strengthening of cooperation in the field of irrigation and drainage between the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
At the end of the working meeting the head of the Russian Ministry of Agriculture and the President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU covers cooperation in the field of agricultural land reclamation, facilitate in designing and implementation of state programs of land reclamation, rehabilitation and construction of new hydraulic structures, environmental aspects, water saving in agriculture and safe use of waste water.
In the wrap-up session, H.E. Nikolai Fyodorov also noted that in the framework of MoU Russian side will support the proposal to develop and implement in its territory a pilot project for the construction of irrigation (in the South) and drainage (in the North-Western part) reclamation projects based on the latest technical solutions and taking into account the climatic conditions.