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Eng. Felix Britz Reinders

President, ICID
Manager, Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
ARC - Institute for Agricultural Engineering
Private Bag X 519
Silverton, Pretoria, 0127

South Africa


Tel : +27 12 8424009
Fax : +27 12 8424317
Email: reindersf@arc.agric.za

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8th Asian Regional Conference 2018, 2-4 May, Kathmandu, Nepal 2018


The 8th Asian Regional Conference (ARC) on the theme “Irrigation in Support of an Evergreen Revolution” was successfully held from 2-4 May 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Nepal National Committee of ICID (NENCID) hosted the event in collaboration with Department of Irrigation (DoI), the Government of Nepal and other international and national partners.


The conference witnessed participation of renowned professionals from USAID, World Bank, IWMI, ICIMOD, FMIST, ADB, ICE WaRM and other reputed organizations to deliberate on various issues to steer region’s irrigation and drainage into the 21st century. The inaugural ceremony was held on 2 May 2018 in the benign presence of Hon'ble Bidya Devi Bhandari, President, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal as the chief guest and graced by Barsaman Pun, Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (Nepal), ICID President Felix B. Reinders and Secretary General A. B. Pandya.

During the conference, President Reinders expressed his pleasure to welcome participants from different countries, especially the young professionals as they are the future leaders in irrigation and drainage. He appreciated NENCID for organizing and making the conference a memorable event and urged everyone present to share the rich knowledge, great learning experiences and memories derived during the conference back home.

Secretary General Pandya highlighted the dynamic role of the conference in bringing forth the key water issues pertaining to water security, on-farm application and participatory approach and believed that Nepal could go a long way in developing its irrigation to bring in overall development and become a cradle for rural development.

The event witnessed the launch of Technical Report of the Asian Regional Working Group (ASRWG) titled "Contribution of Agriculture Water to the Rural Development in Asia". The publication provided an overview of the status of knowledge and policies related to the relevant issues in Asia and to serve its objective in guiding the National Committees and others on meaningful contribution towards sustainable management of agricultural water for rural development. The technical report compiled by the specialists and professionals from the participating countries will serve as a framework for both policymakers and stakeholders.
The three-day conference covered the following sub-themes:

  • Enabling smallholders’ capacity to obviate farm distress
  • Coping with recurring droughts and floods in the context of climate change
  • Modernizing irrigation systems for better services
  • Nexus challenges faced by Irrigation Institutions
  • Strengthening Water Users Institutions (WUIs) for sustainability of irrigation systems
  • Irrigation, ecosystem services, and aquatic biodiversity

The sub-themes aimed to address the challenges to increase agriculture productivity. Since majority of the population in Asia still live in rural areas, experts participating in the event from the region and beyond discussed and deliberated ways to contribute to a new evergreen revolution and to increase the productivity of irrigation to produce adequate food, fibre and fuel to satiate the needs of future’s population.


The conference covered 15 technical sessions with six plenary symposiums, opening and closing sessions. Symposia related to the sub-themes were organized by USAID, IWMI, ICIMOD, ICEWaRM, FMIST and the World Bank. Additionally, several technical papers (105) were presented and enriching discussions were held on various aspects of the theme. During the conference, abstract papers were distributed to the participants in the form of a booklet.


For more information, please visit: http://www.icid.org/8th_arc.html


Training of Young Asian Professionals, 9-13 April 2018, China



ICID in association with the Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID) and support from the Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID) organized a five-day YP training program to hone the skills of the budding young professionals on the theme “Performance Assessment of Irrigation Systems” from 9-13 April 2018 at China Hall of Science and Technology in Beijing, China.


The training program mainly focused on the physical, institutional, organizational and participatory management aspects of the irrigation systems and was attended by 19 participants from 14 countries namely, Australia, India, Iran, Iraq, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Korea, Indonesia, Myanmar and Iran.


On 13 April 2018, a joint field visit of trainees and workshop participants was organized to Dayu Group of Companies to see their plant manufacturing drip and sprinkler irrigation equipment and later to physical modelling and experimental station of Institute of Water and Hydro-power Research (IWHR), China. YPs got an opportunity to broaden their understanding on various topics by international speakers, who shared their experiences on the subject such as the need for a framework, performance indicators, techniques and tools for performance assessment, modernization, and management of irrigation systems.


The inaugural session held on 9 April 2018 began with a welcome address by Prof. Wang Aiguo and Mr. Li Ge, Secretary General Pandya gave a brief introduction about ICID and its endeavour to promote capacity development program to attract young minds to AWM sector by organizing training programs for YPs regionally. Er. Harish Varma, Executive Director, ICID gave an overview of the training program and followed it with an introductory presentation on the concept of ‘modernization.’ The program covered topics such as need for and framework of performance assessment of irrigation and drainage systems; modernization approach and overview; techniques and tools for performance assessment; Rapid appraisal procedure, MASSCOTE and MASSMUS approach; strategies of rehabilitation and modernisation of irrigation systems including structural, non-structural and management interventions in modernization of irrigation systems; and measurement devices, canal lining, water management practices, etc.


Experiences from South Africa (President Reinders), China (PH Dr. Gao Zhanyi) and India (SG Pandya) for performance improvement and modernization of irrigation systems were shared with the participants. Mr. Amit Parashar, Principal Research Consultant, CSIRO Land and Water gave a presentation to the participants on ‘Basin Futures: Supporting water planning in data sparse basins- Australia.’ In their feedback, participants from various countries appreciated the exposure they received during the training as it armed them with the latest techniques and gave them the insight and skills to further improvise.



ICID partakes at 8th World Water Forum 2018, 18-23 March 2018 in Brasilia, Brazil


The 8th World Water Forum- the world’s largest water event- was successfully held from 18-23 March 2018 in Brasilia, Brazil with over 8,000 participants and 40,000 visitors from around the world. More than 10 Heads of State, including the President of Brazil, H.E. Michel Temer, President of Hungary, H.E. János Áder, President of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall, South Korean Prime Minister H.E. Lee Nak-yeon, alongside CEOs of fortune 500 companies, among many others attended the mega event to participate in high-level panel meetings and several sessions to discuss the future of water security for the next three years.


Organized by the World Water Council (WWC) the opening ceremony was attended by high-level international authorities, and the event had the participation of representatives of important international bodies- the United Nations and its agencies, European Union, World Bank, IDB, Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), OECD among others.


With more than 200 sessions, thousands of attendees came together to find solutions to the world’s impending water crisis, which had "Sharing Water" as its overarching theme. The wide-ranging discussions during the Forum invoked the notion that sharing water requires appropriate cooperation mechanisms to build a world of peace and stability around the shared basins and aquifers thereby seeking cooperation and the exchange of experiences and good practices for a conscious and rational water use.


Held in the southern hemisphere for the first time, the event witnessed ICID participation through various technical sessions, meetings, side events and was represented by President Felix B. Reinders, Secretary General A.B Pandya, National Committee members, and several other stakeholders.


At the closing ceremony of the WWF8, Senegal received the flag of the WWC as the host country of the 9th World Water Forum to be held in 2021 on the theme ‘Water security for peace and development’.


World Water System Heritage (WSH) Recognition

An exclusive Award ceremony jointly organized by ICID and WWC to recognize three water management systems selected under the World Water System Heritage (WSH) program was held during the opening ceremony on 19 March 2018 at the WWC Pavilion. The recognized systems selected by the International Panel of Judges include: (i) The Genbegawa Irrigation Canal System, Japan; (ii) Sekikawa Suikei Land Improvement District, Japan; and (iii) Sheikh-Bahaei Water Allocation Scroll, Iran. Citation Plaque and Certificate were presented to the representatives by Prof. Benedito Braga, President, WWC and President Reinders, ICID. The WSH Program aims at identifying and preserving the people-centred water management systems, organizations, regimes and rules as intangible water heritage considered as outstanding value to humanity and giving them recognition.


Seventh International Conference and Exhibition on
Water Resources and Renewable Energy Development in Asia

13-15 March 2018, Danang, Vietnam

ASIA 2018, the Seventh International Conference and Exhibition on Water Resources and Renewable Energy Development in Asia was held from 13-15 March 2018 at the Ariyana Convention Centre (ACC) and Furama Resort, Danang, Vietnam organized by Aqua-Media International. The event was attended by more than 550 participants, representing 45 countries. Experts from a wide range of disciplines, including earthquake engineering, dam safety, project finance, legal aspects, large and small hydropower, cross-border collaboration, pumped storage and environmental management, met to exchange experience over three days.






Recognizing that Asia is the region of the world with numerous programmes on water resources and hydro development, the three-day event provided a platform to international experts from wide range of disciplines, including earthquake engineering, dam safety, project finance, large and small hydropower etc, to focus on issues of direct relevance to the region and enable practical exchange of expertise and experiences.

ICID being one of the supporters of the event was represented by President Felix Reinders. In his opening address, he emphasized on global issues of water stress, highlighting that by 2030, two-thirds of the world population would be suffering from water shortages. President Reinders referred to the fact that in some developing countries a large proportion of the population had more cell phones than taps, and stressed the need for different sectors associated with water resources to work together to increase universal access to water. He outlined ICID's mission and strategy that included the achievement of its 'Vision 2030: A water secure world free of poverty and hunger.'

The plenary opening ceremony featured national overviews of development potential and keynote addresses; parallel sessions included paper presentations and panel discussions. Side events provided extra opportunities for training, capacity building and business networking. Additionally, various events for the participants were also organized such as Pre-Conference Workshops, Post-conference study tours, half-day cultural excursion, social programme, technical exhibitions and accompanying persons' program. A post-conference and study tour report will also be later made available.




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