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Secretary General_ICID
Er. Avinash C. Tyagi

Secretary General, ICID
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News Update Editorial by Secretary General

 


2017

 

From News Update, January 2017

 

Dear Colleagues,

To realign its vision and mission with the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, ICID readjusted its mission to “Facilitate prudent agriculture water management by encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to irrigation and drainage management”. The mission of ICID is proposed to be achieved by generating new knowledge, compiling and collating information, sharing experiences and good practices, disseminating the new knowledge and capacity development of the relevant stakeholders.

In this connection, I would like to draw your attention to the UN World Data Forum held its first meeting in South Africa earlier this month which has laid emphasis on the need to have accurate, reliable, and timely data to achieve sustainable development goals. ICID has been collecting such data related to agriculture water management for many years. However, it’s time that we give the process of collecting this data, that will also support identifying irrigation and drainage contribution to sustainable development. I am sure that concerned Working Groups will take note of the outcomes of the important World Data Forum.

Number of approaches and tools are available to undertake capacity development and sharing of knowledge, which include conducting training programs, developing e-Learning modules, organizing webinars (web-based seminars) etc. We have been using web-conferencing for a couple of years.

This year in 2017, we are starting ICID Webinar Series (refer page 2). Management Board took this decision in its recently concluded Virtual Meeting. The ICID Webinars Series will be used for involving large number of stakeholders beyond irrigation and drainage fraternity, which otherwise is not possible, in ICID activities and disseminate and share our experiences across the continents. The possibilities are limitless. Many other professional organizations are using this tool suiting their own requirements. It is for us to customize according to our needs and use it effectively. I solicit support and suggestions from all our patrons.

Shortly, we will issue the schedule of the first ICID Series of Webinars slated for the run up to the 23rd ICID Congress, scheduled for 8-15 October 2017 in Mexico City. We encourage our patrons to make best use of this opportunity, particularly for those who for some reasons are unable to join the physical meetings.

Subsequent to our meeting in Chiang Mai we have received encouraging response from our NCs and their inputs, which Consultative Group will take into account and start finalizing the ICID Action Plan 2030. However, we encourage the NCs who have not submitted the questionnaire yet to do so as your feedbacks in whatever form act as beacons in our efforts to provide you the required services.

NCs and Working Groups play a key role in our efforts to achieve our mission. In this Congress year, we recognize the good work being done by them through the Best Performing National Committee and Best Performing Working Group Awards. Call for nominations have been issued for these Awards.

Please note that as a followup of the decision taken in the 67th IEC regarding the change of Bank accounts for ICID to receive foreign remittance, we had requested our NCs to not to send remittance of membership fee without receiving subscription invoice. I am happy to inform that we have now settled that and we have started issuing the subscription invoices with the revised Bank Account numbers.

Wishing the ICID fraternity a very fruitful and effective networking and sharing during 2017 and beyond.

With Best Regards,

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 

 

 

2016

 

From News Update, December 2016

 

Dear Colleagues,

Water continued to be at the top of global political agenda during 2016. In order to support the national efforts in reaching towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water, the UN Secretary General Dr. Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim have jointly convened a High Level Panel on Water consisting of 11 sitting Heads of State and Government and one Special Adviser earlier in April 2016. The Panel recognized the need for all to take responsibility for managing water better and has called for the increased attention and investment in water-related infrastructure.

While presenting the Action Plan, the Panel, on 21 September 2016, called for a fundamental shift in the way the world looks at water. The Action Plan, among others, outlines new initiatives and investments that can put the world on the path to meet the "SDG6: Clean water and sanitation" and related targets. The Panel Members committed to lead the way and encouraged other Heads of State and Government to do the same. National Committees should take advantage of this favorable global sentiment and push for higher investment in Agriculture Water Management (AWM).

You may recall that following a similar approach, and for delivering SDGs through AWM, Ministers, participating in the Second World Irrigation Forum, based on their deliberations on 6 November 2016, decided to establish a High Level Advisory Group on “Partnerships for Agriculture Water Management”. I urge all NCs to bring the declaration to the notice of their respective Ministers. The Council has decided to establish a Task Force to give final shape to the Partnership. We look forword for your feedback.

The Paris Agreement in December 2015, has increased opportunities for climate change adaptation and mitigation actions in agriculture. At the UNFCCC COP22 conference in Marrakech, Morocco held from 7–18 November 2016, FAO launched the Global Framework for Action to Cope with Water Scarcity in Agriculture in the Context of Climate Change. ICID is one of the key partners in this global initiative.

The Global Framework for Action seeks to catalyse international cooperation on water scarcity in agriculture in the context of climate change and growing competition for water resources. It is a call for partners from different fields and backgrounds to join in a concerted effort to support countries in achieving the food security and water-related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Second World Irrigation Forum in Chiang Mai had another special feature in the form of the first Farmers’ roundtable. The recommendation from farmers' roundtable was to set up a platform “Farmers for Water” and address their capacity building needs.

During the Chiang Mai meeting ICID Action Plan 2030, which also has the objective of supporting NCs in reaching the SDGs, the Council agreed to provide more time to NCs to send their inputs to the Consultative Group by responding to the questionnaires and to the Working Groups (WG) for submitting the activities they plan to contribute. I urge the NCs and WGs, who are yet to provide their inputs, to please send their contributions latest by 15 January 2017.

Adoption of Webinars as a tool to disseminate knowledge and information received overwhelming support from the participants during the Chiang Mai meeting. ICID Central Office, duly supported by the Young Professionals is taking preparatory steps and plans to initiate a series of Webinars starting February 2017.

The Draft Minutes of the 67th IEC meeting are under finalization and would be sent to NCs for their comments and approval by the end of this month.

With Season’s Greetings, and wishing all our patrons a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2017.

Yours sincerely,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, November 2016

 

Dear Colleagues,


The World Irrigation Forum, as Agriculture Water Management multi-stakeholders’ platform, has come of age with more than 1200 participants from 52 countries participating in its second edition in Chiang Mai. The Forum brought together the entire spectrum of stakeholders, starting with farmers, representatives of irrigation and drainage agencies, engineers, industry, bureaucrats, researchers, academicians, policy makers and the young professionals.

Unique feature of the event are three round-table meetings: Ministerial meeting, High Level Official meeting, Farmers meeting and a Young Professionals’ Panel. Those of you who were not able to attend the Forum in person can get on to our Facebook page, YouTube Channel and get a glimpse of some of the events. The event was made successful by the enthusiastic participation of all the ICID Office Bearers, representatives of international partners, authors of papers and many more. I sincerely thank all the participants for sharing their knowledge and experiences.

The young professionals, who participated in the ICID Young Professionals’ e-Forum (IYPeF) have shown us the way by organizing discussions on three chosen topics prior to coming to Chaing Mai, and thus were able to bring to WIF2, perspective from other members of the IYPeF, who could not physically join us in Chaing Mai.

With a view to support the member NCs in responding to the call given by the world leaders gathered at the UN Summit through Agenda 2030, a Draft Action Plan is under discussion. A strategy aimred at the new ICID Vision 2030 “Water secure world free of poverty and hunger through sustainable rural development“, and achieving the six organizational goals adopted in Montpellier, 2015 has been forwarded. The Consultative Group (CG) convened by VPH Dr. Hüseyin GUNDOGDU, which also developed the draft Action Plan document, discussed in detailed during the 67th IEC meeting that followed the WIF2. The Consultative Group will be happy to receive further inputs till 15 January 2017, to make the Action Plan inclusive. On behalf of CG, I would like to urge all our patrons to be part of this development process.

The 67th IEC meeting took a number of important decisions that are presented in this edition of the News UPDATE for those who were not able to make it to Chiang Mai. As a first in the history of ICID, a Young Professional Ms. Kathleen Heuval (Australia), has been elected as the Vice-Chair of PCSO.

Our efforts to recognize the Historical Irrigation Structures (HIS) has strengthened the NCs interaction with the national stakeholders as is evident from the great response from the Chinese and Japanese authorities managing such structures. You may also like to take advantage of connecting your own NC with the stakeholders at the project and regional level.
Once again, let me urge you to take advantage of various communication channels that we have developed for you, particularly the WebEx video conferencing facilities and connect with your WG members, partners and stakeholders to take your NCs vision and mission forward.

Once again, on behalf of all the participants, ICID and on my own behalf, I would like to thank our host, THAICID for exceptional hospitality and outstanding management of such a large event in the midst of the National mourning.

Best Regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, October 2016

 

Dear Friends,

Increasing demand of water for domestic, industry and nature has put pressure for more efficient use of water in agriculture through better irrigation and drainage management. Innovative solutions based on new management options and widely available technologies are needed.

Agricultural water management (AWM) incorporates a range of options from rainfed farming to full irrigation to meet the growing demand for food. Modernization of irrigation services, through upgrading existing infrastructure and improving irrigation management practices is a challenging task with technical, social, financial and institutional dimensions. In order to provide a platform to the AWM stakeholders ICID had launched the World Irrigation Forum, as a platform to exchange information, tools and techniques; share experiences from a variety of ago-meteorological, social, and economic backgrounds; and encourage multi-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration.

The Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) being hosted by the Thai National Committee of ICID (THAICID) and Royal Irrigation Department, provides opportunity to discuss these challenges under the theme “Water management in a changing world: Role of Irrigation for sustainable food production”. We are encouraged to see AWM stakeholders of all hues: policy makers, planners, managers, filed engineers, researchers, academician, students, young professionals and farmers joining us. Through more than 300 papers, short communications and posters they will share and communicate their experiences. More than 20 farmers from across the globe: Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, India, China and Korea will be participating. The Forum also includes Ministerial, Senior Officers’, and Farmers’ Roundtables and International Exhibition. Brief details on these programs is provided in this issue. And last but not the least, at this Forum the prestigious World Irrigation and Drainage Prize, 2016 will be presented to Prof Bart Schultz.

A variety of Side Events that cover topics ranging from gender to education to smart technologies are being organized in cooperation with and in partnership with our international partners, AARDO, ADB, AIT, FAO, ICRISAT, IFAD, IWMI, UNESCO-IHE, UNU-FLORES, WFI, World Bank and many others International Partners.

We welcome you all to Chiang Mai. In case you have not yet booked your tickets, please give it another thought and make sure that you do not miss this last opportunity.

67th IEC meeting, that would follow the Forum, presents an opportunity to absorb the new ideas generated during the Forum and, through an intensive process of consultations, shape the future of ICID by chalking out ICID Action Plan that would help National Committees in playing their mandated role within their countries and contributing to make progress towards Sustainable Development Goals.

With Best Regards

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General, ICID

 


 

From News Update, September 2016

 

Dear Colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure in reporting to you that the Second World Irrigation and Drainage Prize instituted by ICID in June 2012, has been adjudicated and winner of the second edition of the WID Prize is one of the most active members of ICID fraternity and world renowned teacher, researcher, and practitioner, President Honorary Prof. Ir. Dr. Bart Schultz.


Prof. Bart Schultz has been selected by a Jury consisting of representatives from DWFI, FAO and ICID. I put on record my sincere thanks to the members of the Jury who had a tough task at hand given the galaxy of eminent personalities engaged in the sector nominated for the Prize. The Prize, which carries a “Citation Plaque” and a Cash Award of US$ 10000, will be awarded during the Opening Ceremony of the Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) on 6th November 2016.


I am also happy to report that the International Research Program for Irrigation and Drainage (IRPID), launched in 2011, is now undergoing a review and a meeting of the Management Board of the Iranian Node took place late last month in Ahwaz, Iran. Later this month, the first meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Program, under the Chairmanship of Chair PCTA is scheduled through Video Conference by Central Office.


Spreading our collaborative activities with International partners, ICID has entered into a MoU with International Water Works Association (IWWA) to work together on Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture. The MoU was signed by Dr. Helmudt Kroiss, President IWWA and Dr. Saeed Nairizi, President ICID in Tehran earlier this month.


That brings me to the preparations for WIF2, which I am sure you are eagerly looking forward to. I am happy to report that our Thai hosts and Royal Irrigation Department (RID) are fully prepared to welcome you to the Forum. Some of you have already availed the opportunity of the Early Bird registration. If you have not already registered for the event, I suggest that you register yourself and your team at the earliest as the online registration closes by 10 October 2016. With a very enthusiastic response from international organizations, policy makers, research community, and the industry, and to some lesser degree from the farmers, the Forum provides an excellent opportunity to have discussions that go beyond mono-disciplinary perspectives and cater to the needs of various stakeholders.

The International Exhibition and Side Events proposed to be organized by many international organizations provide added attractions. More details on the scope of the Side Events, involving more than 15 International partners and covering multi-disciplinary aspects of agriculture water management are given inside this issue.

The Consultative Group established for ICID Vision 2030 will deliberate on the inputs provided by the National Committees and a couple of Working Groups to prepare a Draft Action Plan that would be discussed at various platforms during Chiang Mai meeting. Working Groups have been urged to discuss their inputs to the Action Plan during their meeting in Chiang Mai.


I am sure you will equally enjoy the hospitality, culture, technical and study tours that have been arranged by THAICID.

With Best Regards

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, August 2016


Dear Colleagues,

The United Nations launched a new initiative to recognize exceptional young people who are leaders in the effort to end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequalities earlier in June 2016. UN Young Leaders Initiative will recognize on an annual basis 17 young leaders who are driving change to help realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 66th International Executive Council meeting held at Montpellier, October 2015, had approved broadening of its efforts to involve more Young Professionals in to the Agriculture Water Management by establishing the ICID Young Professionals’ e-Forum (IYPeF) as a LinkedIn Group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6990321). Although ICID being a professional organization, differs in defining Young Professionals as those who are in the age group of less than 40 as against 18-30 set by UN for its initiative, the objectives are exactly the same: to give greater voice to the Young in realizing the Future we want through meeting SDGs.

I am happy to report in this edition of News UPDATE the successful launch of IYPeF with a membership base of more than 115 YPs. The encouragement that the YPs have given us by putting forth their views on the recently launched e-Discussions (more details are covered in this issue separately). Some of the participants to the Forum will make it to the WIF2 in Chiang Mai and present the gist of these discussions at the concerned Side Events.

An International Workshop on “Sustainable Agriculture Water Management” was organized by the Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IRNCID) from 14-15 August 2016. The workshop has once again provided the impetus to the International Research Program for Irrigation and Drainage (IRPID), which is presently being implemented through two Regional Centres hosted by Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IRNCID) and Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID). The deliberations at the meeting have set in motion the organizational monitoring and guidance to the program. An Advisory Committee setup for the Program will be meeting shortly through WebEx.

The initiative taken by ICID on learning from the history has been taken a step further with the setting up of the Secretariat of the World Water System Heritage (WSH) in ICID Central Office and issuing a Call for Nominations from the National Committees (for more details refer March 2016 issue). The Program will be formally launched at the 20th Anniversary of WWC in Montpellier in November 2016.

To involve farmers in the activities of WIF, around 20 farmers from our NCs will be invited to attend WIF2. I am happy to announce that THAICID has extended their support to host around 20 farmers (free registration, accommodation). NCs are requested to take this opportunity to nominate their active farmers to join WIF2. For more information, please refer to the circular sent by Central Office.

Soon we will be announcing the results of the WatSave Awards and the recognized Heritage Irrigation Structures (HIS).
On special request, the Early Bird Registration date has now been extended up to 31st August 2016. I urge you to make use of this last opportunity and save the dollars to enjoy the Thai natural beauty, culture, and hospitality through your longer stay after the meeting.

Yours sincerely,

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, July 2016

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

On 24th June International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage celebrated its 67th Foundation Day by rededicating its new vision and mission. For last 67 years the network of experts from irrigation and drainage community expanding their approach to agriculture water management within various countries have found the occasion to organize national events such as seminars, lectures, annual meetings or simple get together to commemorate this day.

NCs can improve their profile within their countries by broad basing of their structure to include all stakeholders related to agriculture water management; through formalizing linkages with the relevant government departments and ministries; implementing proper information dissemination policy; and organizing at least one annual event to showcase their activities and provide platform for networking etc. The Foundation Day provides such an opportunity.

The Indian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (INCSW), in association with the Central Office organized an ICID Foundation Day Seminar on “Second Green Revolution: Role of Irrigation and Drainage”, while Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID) organized a get together. In case your NC has celebrated Foundation Day, please share the information with our members.

The new ICID Vision 2030, “Water secure world free of poverty and hunger through sustainable rural development”, which aligns itself with the global development agenda, calls for multi-disciplinary approaches to deal with various development issues. It requires involvement of professionals from allied fields and stakeholder from various other disciplines related to agriculture water management in respective NCs and ICID activities.

The need for broadening the scope of outreach of the NCs cannot be overemphasized in the ever-expanding role that the NCs are expected to play within their countries to meet the water security, food security and rural development needs.
After adopting the new ICID Vision 2030, the Consultative Group is engaged in collecting views from various stakeholders, NCs and Working Groups to develop a Draft Action Plan. Various Task Forces are engaged in fine tuning the organizational structure. African Regional Working Group (AFRWG) is seeking views from NCs in the region on the possible expectations and requirements to enable them to support a green revolution in Africa. The NCs are invited to shape the future direction of ICID’s contributions by providing their views and inputs in this important exercise. May I request NCs to send their suggestions by responding to the questionnaire send to them for their input?

The International Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) of the 2nd World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) took stock of its preparations. On behalf of ITAC, I thank all our patrons who have submitted more than 200 full length papers. I encourage you to take advantage of the early bird registration.

Young professionals are being provided the opportunity to be part of the Forum by invitation to participate in the ICID Young Professional e-Forum (IYPeF). The most substantial contributors would be provided the opportunity to physically attend WIF2 and present their perspective. I am happy to inform you that the first discussion on “Education in irrigation and drainage sector”, has already started, in case your YPs are not part of this discussion, please inform them about this golden opportunity to join the discussion.

I take this opportunity to once again request you to share your activities with the entire agriculture water management fraternity through this NEWS Update.

Cordially yours’

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, June 2016

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Dr. Norman Borlaug’s pioneering work on genetically designed varieties of wheat during 1950-60 laid the foundation for the first Green Revolution (GR 1.0). Building on this foundation many other institutions like the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines; and supported by the fertilizers and pesticides on one side and irrigation infrastructure on the other, an amorphous framework for GR 1.0 developed. International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage which develops and shared knowledge of irrigation and drainage among the irrigation practitioners and managers around the world has been part of this framework and played a vital role in furthering its objectives.

The objective of GR 1.0 was focused on eradicating hunger by increasing productivity at a fast pace. As a result, from the 1960s through the 1990s, yields of rice and wheat in Asia doubled. Even as the continent’s population increased by 60 percent the fears of mass hunger was eradicated. To keep pace with the food and nutritional requirements of increasing population up to 2050, we need another green revolution.

Science will have to play the lead role in once again slaying the Malthus’s demon of hunger and surmounting the new developmental challenges. However, the direction of scientific inputs, this time over, would have to be steered by social sciences and the success would be measured on inclusiveness and sustainability weighbridge. As such, there would be different visions for the next green revolution (GR 2.0), each fulfilling the local objectives. And accordingly, the strategies would have to suit the given situation.

Whatever the strategy to reach the goals, farming would need to be made more productive, profitable and resilient and water, the most essential ingredient, will have to be kept at the core of all these strategies.

Since the increasing population and climate change are putting water under increasing stress, water would need to be managed more prudently. Each country and region would have to envision its own GR 2.0 duly keeping water at the centre. National Committees on Irrigation and Drainage (NCs) would be required to take up this challenge.

ICID’s Action Plan 2030 being developed under the guidance of the Consultative Group (CG) would be required to ingest these requirements. During the 5th African Regional Conference in April 2016 in Aswan, Egypt, the participating NCs agreed to start the process of collecting information on their national vision for GR 2.0. The information is being collected through a questionnaire. NCs and technical Working Groups (WGs) would be able to shape the direction of the Action Plan, if they could complete their deliberations and provide their input to CG by 15th August 2016.

As part of the 67th ICID Foundation Day, Central Office, in collaboration with the Indian National Committee will be organizing a Seminar on “Second Green Revolution: Role of Irrigation and Drainage” on 24th June 2016. The inputs both from Africa and India will be discussed as part of the deliberations on Action Plan during the 67th IEC meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand in November 2016.

The Consultative Group is busy collecting inputs from the NCs and the technical Working Groups for the Action Plan. Considering that the Action Plan is meant to facilitate stimulate the capacity of the NCs to fulfil their national mandate, a Task Force on “Revitalization of the National Committees” is also deliberating to provide inputs for the Action Plan.
Earlier this month President, ICID Dr. Saeed Nairizi participated in the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Agriculture Land Reclamation and Development in Russia. In his address President has laid emphasis on the need for international collaboration on this crucial aspect of land resources management that would form an important element of GR 2.0 in certain parts of the world.

Preparations for the Second World Irrigation Forum are on track. More than 160 full papers have been received. However, due to the request from a number of potential contributors, the last date for submission has been extended up to 30th June.
The Background papers for two out of three sub-themes have been uploaded on ICID web site. A number of partners have proposed more than 12 side events presenting various aspects of irrigation and drainage. History of Irrigation and Drainage from around the world is one of the side events where all the NCs have been invited to participate.

It is my pleasure to recall the attention of all the NCs and partner organizations that the last date for receiving nominations for various awards: 2nd World Irrigation and Drainage Prize and WatSave Awards is approaching its last date: 30th June 2016. NCs and partner organizations are invited to rush their nominations.

Once again, I invite all our patrons to share the activities that the NCs have undertaken to push forward the objectives of ICID Vision 2030. Please make use of the ICID channels of communication, continue sharing experiences and keep providing us your feedback.

With Best wishes,


Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, May 2016

 

Dear Colleagues,

Noble Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace, established by FAO is a joint effort to make sure that hunger will not ignite further conflict and that the food systems in place are more resilient. The Alliance held an event on 11th May 2016 in Rome, Italy.

“Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is characterised by a shared responsibility to achieve inclusive and shared prosperity in a peaceful and resilient world. Enshrined in the SDGs is a clear message on the interrelations between development and peace: “there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development”. Well-designed and integrated policies and actions supporting food security have a vital role to play both in preventing conflict, and in building and securing peace.

Water security in a changing climate is equally important, if not more, for peace and security. Agriculture being the biggest extractor of water, agriculture water management can be crucial in these global efforts for peace and security. The rural transformation leading to sustainable development would require that water security is ensured. The Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) will address this important aspect. The Ministerial Roundtable with the theme “Rural Transformation through Efficient Agriculture Water Management” is aimed at addressing these issues. More details are available at
http://www.worldirrigationforum.net

Experts from around the world are now engaged in developing their full length papers on the theme “Water management in a changing world: Role of irrigation for sustainable food production“, and its three sub-themes. The background papers on the sub-themes, prepared by expert teams from various institutions around the world will be available soon. An array of luminaries from the irrigation and drainage field, and listed within will be addressing the Forum providing a multi-disciplinary perspective on the subject. Side Events will be adding another dimension with a trans-disciplinary insight in to the related subjects. As part of the exhibition, National Committees will be organizing a Side Event on Historical Perspective of Irrigation and Drainage.

Africa is at the focus of various ICID activities. In order to take forward the capacity development agenda with a focus on Africa, a one week training course on “On-farm Water Use and Management” was organized in Egypt on 18-24 April 2016 where 21 African Young Professionals successfully completed the one week course. The trainees also attended the 4th Africa Regional Conference (ARCID4) that followed from 26-28 April 2016. During the Conference, Capacity Development Strategy for Africa was formally adopted. Details of the Conference and Training are reported in this edition of the NEWS Update. The participants at the ARCID4 decided to articulate the role Agriculture Water Management should play in the impending Second Green Revolution in Africa.

On the occasion of the 67th ICID Foundation, Day Indian National Committee (INCSW), jointly with the Central Office is organizing a seminar on “Second Green Revolution: Role of Irrigation and Drainage”. I encourage NCs to organize similar technical events as part of the Foundation Day on 24th June, around this or any other topic. By sharing the outcomes of deliberations on the requirement under Second Green Revolution at the national level with the ICID community you would be contributing to the ICID Position Paper on Second Green Revolution and the role that ICID could play.

The most significant Agenda at the next IEC meeting would be the discussions on the ICID Action Plan that would be presented and debated during the event. The Draft ICID Action Plan is now being prepared by the Consultative Group and soon, YOU would be approached to provide your inputs in terms of what do the NCs expect from the ICID network to play their assigned national role in achieving SDGs. I appeal to you to please arrange wide discussions among all members of the NCs, and not just the Executive Committee, to give direction to the Action Plan.

Once again signing off with the request to keep communicating, keep sharing and benefitting from the experiences of hundreds of irrigation and drainage professionals from around the world.

With Best wishes,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, April 2016

 

Dear Colleagues,


The World leaders, through a UN General Assembly resolution last year, adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to take the world to the “Future we want”. The seventeenth SDG rightly seeks to “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”. It very appropriately lays emphasis on enhancing north-south, south-south and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms.


ICID, over the years has used this cooperation and technology exchange mechanism to achieve its mission and objectives. In addition to sharing the technology and innovations at the annual working group meetings experts share their experiences through technical deliberations at the Congresses and specialized workshops. In addition various National Committees (NCs) have been making bilateral arrangements to collaborate on mutually interesting topics and exchanging technical visits among their members. National Committees from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Turkey and Iran are actively collaborating through various exchanges. The one such agreement has been inked between Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID) and Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IRNCID) recently and reported herein.


Bilateral cooperation also includes the visit of technical expert teams. Detailed report of the visit of technical teams from Philippines National Committee (PNC-ICID) under the leadership the Assistant Secretary to the President on Food Security and other issues is available in this issue. The team visited a couple of centers of excellence.


In the recent years through its International Research Program in Irrigation and Drainage (IRPID), with the establishment of two regional centers, one in Tehran and another in Beijing. Last week the Management Board took the decision to establish a mechanism to strengthen and support the coordination between various regional centers.


The Indian National Committee (INCSW), organized the 4th India Water Week (IWW) from 4-8 April 2016 at New Delhi, presented all the water sector stakeholders from within the country a platform to exchange information, experiences and concerns. Water professionals from various states participated in the India Water Week. Central Office supported the NC in inviting some of the international experts to the Week and organized a couple of side events, particularly the India Irrigation Forum on the lines of World Irrigation Forum.


I am happy to inform that the preparations for the 2nd World Irrigation Forum are right on track. More than 300 abstracts have been received and are being reviewed. Most of the successful abstracts have been informed and the rest will be intimated about the acceptance of their abstracts within a couple of days. The teams preparing Background Papers are busy finalizing them. We are likely to close the receiving proposals for Side Events by this month end.


A number of NCs have informed and shared the activities undertaken by them during World Water Day with theme Water and Jobs. I thank them and encourage the other NCs to share the technical activities undertaken by them at national level, with other NCs.


The 4th African Regional Conference will be starting in the last week of this month at Aswan, Egypt. I wish the Conference a great success.


Best Regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, March 2016

 

Dear colleagues,


Agricultural Water Management (AWM) is a process of resource management that provides a key input to agricultural production and includes irrigation and drainage, water management in rainfed agriculture, recycled water reuse, water and land conservation, and watershed management. It also includes use of irrigation water for aquaculture as well as horticulture. AWM is an interdisciplinary pursuit which involves institutions engaged in water resource management, agriculture, rural development, and the environment. For example, rural fresh water aquaculture plays an important role in supplementing rural incomes. The new vision of ICID “Water secure world free of poverty and hunger through sustainable rural development”, would require incorporating the complete definition of AWM into organizational action plan.


Sustainable development requires integrated approaches that require close collaboration among various organizations and disciplines. It requires special capacity development efforts. National Committees are continuously making efforts in this direction. This issue presents various such efforts such as training activities organized by SARIA. Institutional dialogue is being pursued to improve governance and International organizations such as IFAD and ICAB are supporting countries in these efforts.


ICID is providing the platforms such as World Irrigation Forum (WIF) for such interdisciplinary interactions among stakeholders. The progress on preparation has been in full swing. Thai Royal Irrigation Department and THAICID, the hosts of WIF2, have made excellent arrangements for an International Exhibition along with the Forum and inviting the industries to showcase the latest tools they have to offer. In addition, the exhibition also includes a side event which will provide opportunity to the countries to showcase the history of irrigation and drainage, where all the NCs would be sharing the platform to present the lessons from historical irrigation structures (HIS) in their respective countries. It may not be out of place to recall that nominations for the Heritage Irrigation Structure (HIS) are open all round the year. If you would like to nominate any historical irrigation structure from your country as HIS, please submit the nomination through the National Committee before 30 June 2016 to get the recognition by the 67th IEC in Chiang Mai, Thailand in November 2016.


Furthering this process of learning from our history, the World Water System Heritage (WSH) Program, being developed in collaboration with World Water Council (WWC), has moved a step forward with the WWC having approved establishment of a Centre for WSH within ICID Central Office.


To provide you the opportunity to contribute to the deliberation on the theme “Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation in Sustainable Food Production”, the last date for the submission of extended abstracts for the WIF2 has been extended to 31 March 2016. Grab the last opportunity, if you will.

 

A number of interesting side events are being arranged by our international partner institutions, providing opportunity for multi-disciplinary understanding and collaborative arrangements. At the same time the organizers have lined up a number of field trips in the Chiang Mai region which showcases the potential of irrigation in transforming rural livelihood. It is right time that you start planning and make use of the early bird registration which is being opened shortly. I once again seek your indulgence in encouraging all the stakeholders from your country and organization to participate in WIF2.


ENCID is now ready for welcoming the Young Professionals in Cairo for training on “On-Farm Water Management”. I am sure you would have already registered for the 4th African Regional Conference to be held from 26-28 April 2016 in the beautiful surroundings of Aswan Dam in Egypt.


The LinkedIn group ICID Young Professional’s e-Forum (IYPeF) has been launched and you may like to encourage the young potential AWM professionals to join it and grab the oppotunities.


Please keep on providing us the important feedback to let us know how Central Office can support you in your efforts to meet the targets of ICID's new vision.


Best Regards,


Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, February 2016

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

The theme of the World Water Day 2016 “Water and Jobs” aptly defines the role that Irrigation and Drainage sector plays an important role in providing not only jobs but also livelihoods. More than 95 percent of jobs in agriculture sector are dependent on water. Irrigation and drainage by increased productivity, generating surplus drives, more jobs indirectly than directly. Further the irrigation systems supply water for not only irrigating crops but also for industries, domestic purposes and other amenities.


Contribution of irrigation and drainage in providing jobs and livelihood has often been undervalued. Irrigation and Drainage facing the investment crunch has to seize upon the opportunity to bring forward these indirect benefits that are often ignored in any economic benefit cost assessment. I appeal to the National Committees to start this campaign of bringing awareness about the livelihood opportunities provided by irrigation and drainagae systems, among all stakeholders, planners and policy makers during the year starting with the World Water Day on 22nd March 2016.


The process of bringing forth the role of irrigation and drainage in addressing the challenges of sustainable food production in a world with increasing population and limited natural resources would continue to be taken up in the run up to and at the 2nd World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) scheduled from 6-8 November 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. International Steering Committee for WIF2 took a review of the preparation for the Forum which are well on their way. The Call for Papers on various sub-themes is closing by the end of this month. I encourage our patrons to share their experiences by contributing papers to the Forum. Apart from discussions on theme and sub-themes, stakeholders will have the opportunity to showcase their activities through Side Events. FAO, ADB, IWMI, UNESCO-IHE, The Water for Food Institute, and many other International partners are taking keen interest in the Forum and are expected to organize these side events and presenting various perspectives on irrigation and drainage. We expect more that 1500 participatants for WIF2.


A ministerial Roundtable is also scheduled wherein ministers associated with agriculture water management from more than 20 countries are expected to participate and deliberate on the mechanism to support member countries in meeting the related targets under various SDGs. National Committees have been invited to seek participation of their policy makers and Ministers in the Forum and Ministers Roundtable.


International Exhibition organized along with WIF2 in the sprawling Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Center (CMICE) in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai is slated to be the most technologically advanced show of Irrigation and Drainage technology. At the same time it is expected to showcase lessons in sustainable irrigation development by revisiting the history of irrigation from around the world. Soon National Committees would be invited to join this poster display of History of Irrigation and Drainage in their respective countries.


Capacity development activities are in full swing and the Training on “On-farm Water Use and Management” is well on its way to be organized in Cairo from April 17-25, 2016. Twenty Young Professionals from Africa have been selected for scholarship to attend not only the Workshop but also the 4th African Regional Conference that will follow. The Workshop is being hosted by Regional Centre for Training and Water Studies, Egypt. Efforts are on to develop partnerships with other regional institutions of repute such as Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R), India and others to collaborate in future training activities.


To engage Young Professionals in ICID activities an ICID Young Professional e-Forum (IYPeF) is being started as a separate LinkedIn Group. Budding professionals who have been associated with ICID activities recently would be sent an invitation shortly to join IYPeF soon. IYPeF will be open to all professionals below the age of 40 years interested in agriculture water management. More information covered in this issue at page 5.


I hope that the NEWS Updates, we are bringing out to you every month are useful to you in your professional activities. Please let us know how you would like us to serve you better. Your feedback will help us to improve the quality.


With best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, January 2016

 

Dear Colleagues,


2015, the year of global consensus has left the challenge of converting the intent into action, presenting an opportunity for 2016 to emerge as the year of global cooperation. We all know that the action phase is going to be tougher than the consensus development phase and would require sharing, cooperation and collaboration among nations and all sectoral development players within the nations. Enhanced involvement of stakeholders would play a key role in implementing new and innovative solutions for solving common challenges.


Effectively integrating nature and its services into sustainable development requires high level of participation supported by intensive communication. As the interactions between society, economy and ecology are complex it requires all parties involved to share common understanding of the issues at stake. Especially for effective and beneficial use of technology the ability to collaborate effectively is decisive and need to be communicated clearly.


Communication, a two-way interactive process, is susceptible to error and if not handled professionally can result in confusion, wasted efforts and missed opportunities. To be successful in communications a development organization needs to have a clear and dynamic strategy. At the same time it cannot be content with the way it communicates and has to take stock of the prevalent technologies, changing social behaviour, and state of complexity of the issue involved to tune its communication strategies at all times. An example of such efforts come from the India Meteorological Department (IMD). In its efforts to correct prevalent misunderstanding, the 141 years old institution has officially expunged the word “drought” from its vocabulary.


National Committees (NCs) have to re-evaluate/develop their communication strategies under the changed situation to interact with their stakeholders within their countries. The World Irrigation Forum (WIF) is one such effort at the global level to bring all stakeholders in one platform to enhance communication in the field of agriculture water management. It is envisaged that a similar effort would be made by the NCs by organizing National Irrigation Forums (NIF) at local level with closer interactions with their national stakeholders.


I congratulate Malaysian National Committee (MANCID) and Indonesian National Committee (INACID) for taking a lead in this direction and organizing workshops on the theme of the WIF2 at national level to bring national perspectives to the global level during the 2nd World Irrigation Forum (WIF2). With these initiatives, it is hoped would develop into full-fledged NIF with all stakeholders around the table. In India, ICID is supporting the Indian National Committee to organize First India Irrigation Forum in April this year. More information on India Irrigation Forum is presented in this edition of the News Update at page 5.


The capacity development activities under the Working Group on Capacity Development Training and Education (WG-CDTE), established during the last IEC meeting in Montpellier have started in full swing. We are in the process of establishing the Technical Support Unit (TSU) for which call has been sent to NCs to sponsor professionals to support TSU. A training on “On-Farm Water Use and Management” is scheduled to be organized from 17-25 April 2016 in Cairo, Egypt for professionals from African countries.


The World Irrigation and Drainage Prize was established by ICID in 2013 and the first Prize was given at the 1st World Irrigation Forum (WIF1) in Mardin, Turkey. Through this column, I invite all our patrons to help us choose the right candidate for the 2nd World Irrigation and Drainage Prize to be awarded during the WIF2 scheduled in November this year in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Incidentally, the deadline for the extended abstracts called for various subthemes of the WIF2 is 28th February 2016. It is your opportunity to share the experiences, innovative solutions and initiatives that have with others.


As I mentioned above communication is a two way process. For the communication in this edition of News Update to be effective and useful we seek your feedback and suggestions.


Best Regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

 

 

 

2015


From News Update,November 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

While the World Leaders have expressed their wish how they want to see the world in 2030 through adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN Summit in September 2015, it is the time for the international development community to now lay down the road to achieve these goals. A UN Working Group has been established to finalize targets to measure the achievements under each goal. Some of the targets being considered by the UN Working Group relevant to the ICID activities are:

  1. “By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers,…”

  2. “Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development…”

  3. “By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity…”

  4. “By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water-…”

Early next month, the world leaders will meet again in Paris to take another step towards sustainable and equitable development at the COP21. It is our endeavour as part of the international water community to ensure that water is rightly and appropriately recognized as a means of adaptation to climate change. While energy sector has been recognized as the main sector that needs to be addressed to achieve mitigation targets, it is the water sector that needs to be focussed to adapt to the changes already taking place.

 

ICID, in line with the Agenda 2030, has already taken the first step in support of SDGs by adopting a new Vision, Mission and Goals. These have already been conveyed in the last edition of the NEWS Update. The Consultative Group is now busy developing an Action Plan and a Questionnaire for getting inputs for setting up targets under from various stakeholders.

 

The Working Groups (WG) were very active during the 66th IEC meetings and many important decisions were taken. Some of the WGs have taken the right approach by focussing on the technical issues while minimizing the administrative aspects.

 

Many of the WGs have already nominated one member for updating the Multilingual Technical Dictionary. Chairs of all the WGs have been sent the Draft Minutes of the meeting of their respective Groups for their feedback and finalisation.

 

Many WGs have taken the bold step towards reviving their presence on the website in order to share the experiences exchanged during the WG meetings with the larger audience. They will also be sharing many of their products and tools. Some of the WGs have been invited to take the technical lead in some of the sub-themes of the 2nd World Irrigation Forum (WIF2).

 

Talking of the WIF2, the preparation for this triennial event is going on the right track. Some of you will be invited to take the lead in preparing background papers on various topics. Some you will be invited to review the technical papers. I am sure you will be happy to be part of this Forum being organized in in Chiang Mai, one of the most beautiful parts of Thailand.

 

The International Technical Advisory Committee of WIF2 has strongly recommended for active involvement of Young Professionals. And this is the preliminary call to all Young Professionals to take active part in the WIF2. Watch out the coming issues of NEWS Update for more information and get involved.

 

We continue to serve you with the hope to serve you better through your comments, suggestions and feedbacks.

Yours truly,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, October 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,


On 16 October 2015, the World Food Day, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva thanked the world's farmers, fishers, forest workers and other food and agriculture workers for their contribution to the "amazing achievement" of increasing sustenance from all even as the world population tripled since 1945. World Food Day, marking the 70th anniversary of the foundation of FAO with appeals to speed up efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the way food is produced and consumed. This year's World Food Day theme is ‘Social protection and agriculture - breaking the cycle of rural poverty'.

 

And very appropriately, the members of the world’s largest network of irrigation and drainage professionals, responding to the call given by the world leaders gathered at the UN Summit through Agenda 2030, adopted ICID Vision 2030 “Water secure world free of poverty and hunger through sustainable rural development“, defining the mission and setting organizational goals for itself. The Consultative Group (CG) convened by VPH Dr. Hüseyin GUNDOGDU, which had developed the draft of the Vision 2030 document, will now be working on developing an Action Plan. On behalf of the CG, I would like to urge all our patrons to be part of this development process.


The Euro-Mediterranean Regional Conference on Irrigation with them “Innovate to improve irrigation performance” deliberated on a number of interesting topics such as ‘Drip Irrigation’; ‘Wastewater use in agriculture’; and ‘Water Governance’ with more than 800 experts from 70 countries making their contribution to the exchange of information and latest innovations in the field of agriculture water management. One of the major attractions of the event was the Workshop on Public-Private Partnerships in irrigation will aim at presenting and discussing contrasted PPP experiences in irrigation, some of which seen as success and others as failures, so as to identify the conditions under which financial and institutional arrangements should be defined in order to meet the objectives of the different stakeholders involved.


The 66th IEC meeting took a number of important decisions that are presented in this edition of the News UPDATE for those who were not able to make it to Montpellier. The new Working Groups on Irrigation Development and Management (WG-IDM) and Water Saving in Irrigated Areas (WG-WATS) have also been established to take our mission forward.


After a gap of 10 years the Council has setup a Working Group on Capacity Development, Training and Education (WG-CDTE) that also includes setting up a Technical Support Unit, which will be based on voluntary inputs from the NCs and their experts.


Continuing with its efforts to be a Knowledge Management Institution in Irrigation Drainage and Flood Management themes, ICID Working Groups have decided to review its Multilingual Technical Dictionary (MTD) and make it available on-line; compile a Directory of Products and Services; and strengthen the Integrated Library Management System (ILMS). The knowledge management process requires your input and support as an important stakeholder.


Our efforts to recognize the Historical Irrigation Structures (HIS) has strengthened the NCs interaction with the national stakeholders. You may also like to take advantage of connecting your own NC with the stakeholders at your project level and regional level.


Once again, let me urge you to take advantage of various communication channels that we have developed and connect with your partners and stakeholders to take your NCs vision and mission forward.
Best Regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, September 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,

The UN Secretary General, in his briefing to the press earlier this week, lauded the upcoming adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the 70th session of the General Assembly, set to take place from 25th September, that “embodies the yearnings of people everywhere for lives of dignity on a healthy planet” and which “shows what Member States can achieve when they work together.”

The political will for Sustainable Development is now out there. It is time for all of us who contribute to the development process, as engineers, scientists, academicians, farmers and constituents of this network that we call ICID, to rededicate ourselves to do our bit to help humanity achieve these Sustainable Development Goals (see News Update July 2014 <http://www.icid.org/nup2014_7.pdf>).

At the 66th meeting of IEC, ICID will be reviewing its course of action and adopt an ICID Vision 2030. This is one of the most important agenda items, if not the most important, that will be up for your consideration. The Draft Vision 2030 Document has already been shared with all the National Committees almost one month back. It is expected that you would be contributing to formulate your NCs views and suggestion on this important issue. If you have not already seen this document please download it as part of the Agenda of IEC (Item 9).

As has been the practice for last two IEC meetings, there will be an Open Plenary Session of IEC on 12th October 2015, where all the participants are invited where the President and other members of the Management Board will set the ball rolling for the IEC and its Pre-Council meetings. The main meeting of the Council on 16th October will be attended mainly by the representatives of the NCs, present and past Office Bearers and Observers from our partner international organizations.
Another important aspect of the 66th IEC pre-council meetings will be the commencement of a number of technical Working Groups under the thematic area Schemes, which will be consolidating at this Council meeting. A number of new Working Groups will be taking off. This is the right time to volunteer your expertise to work with these Groups through your NC.

The Agenda for all the meetings during the 66th IEC has been compiled and dispatched to NCs and OBs. The Agenda has also been uploaded on the website in a form convenient for downloading. Although efforts are being made to make avilable Wi-Fi facilities at the venue, we request all our patrons who will be attending the meetings to download the same on to your laptops before you take the flight. Like the years in the past, we will avoid printing the hard copies of the Agenda to minimize the carbon footprints of the meeting.

The Annual Report for the financial year 2014-15 has already been sent to all the NCs and uploaded on to the website. You may also like to download the same and keep it with you for ready reference during the IEC meetings. The Report of the 22nd Congress is now available on the website and will also be available for distribution during the meeting in Montpelier.
In addition to the 66th IEC there will be the 26th European Regional Conference on a very relevant theme “Innovate to improve Irrigation performance”. It will provide participants from the regions outside Europe an opportunity to know how the European Nations are making use of the latest technologies at the farm level to face the new challenges in agriculture water management.

I once again close this piece with the request to provide us the feedback on how the Central Office could serve you better to enable you to contribute to the objectives of this network.

Best Regards,


Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, August 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

66th IEC meeting in Montpellier is slated to steer the direction of ICID community for the next 15 years through new but familiar waters, continuing its focus on agricultural water management. ICID is likely to give itself a Vision for 2030 and will mainstream its activities towards sustainable development course. Sustainable Development Goals being set out by the global community will be adopted by the world leaders within a month’s time in September 2015 in New York during the UN General Assembly.

 

During the last couple of years a number of technical working groups have developed their well-defined result oriented scope of activities duly aligning them to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) being developed. Most of these new WGs will start functioning during 66th IEC from 11-16 October 2015 in Montpellier.

 

With the excitement in the air, I am sure you cannot afford to miss this eventful IEC session and the 26th European Regional Conference. The last date for availing Early-Bird concession liberally runs to 31st August 2015. It is an opportunity for you to join these deliberations in Montpellier and contribute your bit to the ICID Vision for 2030 and at the same time shape the outcomes of the new WGs. As many of the working groups are in various stages of re-orienting themselves, this issue provides a comprehensive view of the status and the schedule of their meetings in Montpellier. Through this issue I would like to appeal to the experts from NCs to join these WGs.

 

The Plenary Session of Executive Council, heralding beginning of the deliberations will start at 5.30 PM on 12th October. President will set the scene for the five day long program. The information shared during the session will help you plan your participation in various sessions, meetings and events.

 

In our continuous effort to engage with all the stakeholders in the Agriculture Water Management field, we are now in the process of developing a directory of Products and Services relevant to various stakeholders of AWM. Companies/ Manufacturers, Consultancy Services, Institutions providing services and Non-governmental organizations supporting agriculture water management can make use of this opportunity to list their products and services. The listing is completely free and is likely to bring the stakeholders together on one platform to display their potential as likely partners in development. Please make use of this facility for yourself and spread the message to the service providers in your circles. Please read the article inside this issue.

 

Like in the past, ICID is supporting 12 young professionals to join the deliberations during IEC meetings and the 26th European Regional Conference. In addition to the activities of WGs and Conference sessions, they will attend two Training Workshops exclusively organized for them. The senior members of ICID are encouraged to take the opportunity to mentor them and connect with the future of ICID.

 

The Annual Report for the Financial Year 2014-15 is now available on ICID web site and hard printed copies will be dispatched to all the NCs by the end of this month. Please go through the report as it will give you a complete picture of the activities undertaken not only by the Central Office but also by the National Committees.

 

We are keenly looking forward to your inputs and suggestions to serve you better.

 

Best Regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, July 2015

 

Dear Friends,

People-centred institutions and practices in the past had managed water systems for over generations and contain in themselves crystals of wisdom of humanity worth protecting and preserving as heritage. This wisdom has realized harmonious and sustainable society through sensible and people-inclusive water management.


Although the development process has attained a high degree of complexity under the limiting natural resources and the burgeoning global population, “these systems provide the DNA for the next generation tools to handle the growing complexity and use of new technology”, as succinctly put across by President Dr Saeed Nairizi at the 55th Board of Governor’s meeting of World Water Council (WWC). The World Water System Heritage (WSH) programme, which aims at making these crystals of wisdom readily available to those engaged in water management at various levels, has been decided to be launched at the 7th General Assembly of WWC in November 2015 in Marseilles. The National Committees of ICID will have to play an important role in the program that has the potential to provide them the necessary visibility at national level and for ICID at the international level. You will be hearing of this program in more details during the 66th IEC meeting in Montpellier.


In the last one month or so, the President Dr. Saeed Nairizi has had the occasion to visit Tajikistan, Russia, and China where he has had interactions with the Minsters and other professionals. This has enabled him to get a good feedback on the role being played by ICID and the expectations that the policy makers and National Committees have from ICID. These feedbacks are serving well as inputs for the ICID Vision 2030 exercise. The draft ICID Vision 2030 document would be brought before the Council in Montpellier for wider discussions.


The preparations for the 66th IEC and 26th ERC are going ahead well. I am hopeful that you would have already made the necessary preparations and are in the process of taking advantage of the concessional “Early Bird” registration fee. Please note that there is 50 percent rebate on the registration fee for the Young Professionals (below the age of 40 years) and the retirees (62 years and above). Our AEFID colleagues have planned a number of technical as well as cultural tours in the region. I am sure your participation in these visits would add additional value to the time and money you would invest in this meeting.


We have already consulted the chair of WGs on the agenda for the WGs and the same will be finalized soon. If you still have something in your mind that you would like to bring for discussions at the WGs meetings, please feel free to send it to Central Office.


We are waiting for your inputs on the deliberations you had as part of the celebrations of ICID Foundation Day 2015.
Looking forward to your feedback,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, June 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

California is entering the fourth year of a record-breaking drought creating an extremely parched landscape. A drought State of Emergency was declared in January 2015 by the Government and strict conservation measures have been imposed state wide. Governor has convened an interagency Drought Task Force to provide a coordinated assessment of the State’s dry conditions and provide recommendations on current and future state actions. In support of this unified effort, all state agencies with a role in supporting drought mitigation and relief efforts are organized under the Incident Command System and continue to provide emergency planning, response, and mitigation support as long as needs exist.

 

Monitoring of drought situation is the essential and necessary input to undertake emergency planning and response to mitigate the adverse impact of droughts. Regionally there are a number of Drought Monitoring Systems around the world such as National Drought Monitor Centre, USA and European Drought Observatory at Joint Research Centre, Italy.


ICID has been working with IWMI and WMO, under the Integrated Drought Management Program, to facilitate capacity development within the South Asian countries to provide a regional drought monitoring system. The outcomes of the 2nd Climate Service Users’ Forum were reported in the May issue of News UPDATE.


During my recent visit to UNESCO-IHE Delft to attend the XV Session of the Board of Governor’s meeting, I was pleasantly surprised by one of the research projects that addressed ‘Seasonal hydrological drought forecasting’ coupling seasonal meteorological forecasting with hydrological modelling to provide information on occurrence of dry spells, low moisture conditions and reservoir operations. Working with our partners, we hope to take the South Asian drought monitoring system to bring the capabilities within the countries to monitoring hydrologic drought conditions for better agriculture water management.


Saving of water by improvement in the irrigation performance plays a vital role in meeting increased water demand in other sectors. “Innovate to improve irrigation performance” forms the central theme of the 26th European Regional Conference for which the preparations are well under way. The status of preparations for the conference along with the 66th meeting of IEC and various workshops is provided inside. The last date for submitting papers for the various workshops has been extended to 30th June 2015. Organizers have also extended the Early Bird Registration date to 30th July 2015, which you may like to take advantage.


Presently, we are in discussions with the chairs of various workbodies for finalizing the agenda for their meeting. I am sure the chair of your group would be pleased to hear from you if you would like some issues to be included in the agenda. Please feel free to send us your feedback. As we approach our annual meeting, you may like to benefit from the opportunity to have a web-conference with members of your working groups or clarify the points, so that your face to face meeting in Montpellier runs more efficiently.


I am happy to inform that Central Office has re-strengthened its team to serve our patrons better. I am happy to introduce Er. H.K. Varma as our new Executive Director who will start interacting with you.


I take this opportunty to convey my best wishes to all our patrons on the occassion of ICID Foundation Day. I am sure you will be organizing the ICID Foundation Day on 24th June. If you would like to share your events with other National Committees, please send us a brief write up to CO.


Looking forward to receive your feedback to let us serve you better.


Best Regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, May 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

The United Nations Summit to adopt the post 2015 development agenda will take place from 25-27 September in New York later this year. The report of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals, prepared after wide consultations will form the basis for the summit. Seventeen SDGs have been recommended by the Working Group (See Box).

 

All the SDGs are intertwined. Barring a few, ICID, directly or indirectly, contributes to these goals. Particularly, Goal 2: “End Hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” and Goal 6: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”, directly fall within the purview of ICID objectives. Goal 17 “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership…”, in respect of Goal 2 and Goal is addressed by ICID as it constitutes an effective global partnership on irrigation and drainage for the last 66 years. It should be our collective endeavour to strengthen this partnership and make it more effective.

 

The sustainable development goals are accompanied by targets and will be further elaborated through indicators focused on measurable outcomes. They integrate economic, social and environmental aspects and recognize their interlinkages in achieving sustainable development in all its dimensions. The National Committees of ICID have to deliberate upon the kind of targets that each of the NC can set at the national level to achieve Goal 2 and Goal 6 so that ICID could jointly set achievable global targets.

 

As we meet in Montpellier for the 66th Meeting of the Executive Council this October, and deliberate upon ICID Vision for 2030, we need to factor these goals and set our vision accordingly. The targets need to be defined only at the national level duly factoring the prevalent socio-economic conditions. We hope to get contributions from the National Committees and define certain global targets based on contributions from National Committees. The Vision exercise in which many of you have already contributed is progressing and by the end of next month the Consultative Group will present the first Draft for wider consultations.

 

In the next few weeks members have the opportunity to be part of International Day for Bio-diversity (22 May), the World Environmental Day (5 June), World Day to Combat Desertification (17 June) celebrations at the national level. They will have the opportunity to interact with various stakeholders that are making efforts towards and building awareness among the general public on the importance of preserving Natural Resources such as Land and Water. I exhort members to participate in these awareness building events and also take the initiative to invite these and other stakeholders engaged in agriculture water management by observing the ICID Foundation Day on 24 June.

 

This year again we have received overwhelming response from the Young Professionals who have shown keen interest in participating in ICID activities. As all of them become part of our Young Professionals’ Forum I urge NCs to nominate them for various workbodies. We will be announcing the list of scholarship awardees for this year within the coming fortnight.
Last year we had started the process of giving recognition to historical irrigation infrastructure older than 100 years by including them in the ICID Register of Heritage Irrigation Structures as a way to learn lessons from the past experiences in sustainability. The process of receiving nominations for HIS is open throughout the year and the nominations received by 31st July 2015 will be considered for awarding recognition during 66th IEC meeting in Montpellier.

 

I once again signoff with the request to all our patrons to continue to send their feedback to enable Central Office to serve them better.

 

Best Regards

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary Genera


 

From News Update, April 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Our heart goes to the millions that are suffering from the fury of nature in the Hindukush Himalayas. The devastation caused by the series of earthquakes in Nepal and parts of India this month has once again put the sustainable development debate at the center stage. It brings forward the need to make resilience the center piece of any development process. The earthquakes emphasize the need to take the debate of climate change away from the blame game in which climate change negotiations process is mired and is preventing future global agreement and actions. It needs to be realized that international cooperation is not only vital to the development process but also saving life, the beautiful, on this planet.

 

While the existence of such natural hazards cannot be avoided, the devastation they cause and the breaks they put on the development process can definitely be avoided by preventing actions and factoring resilience in all developmental actions. Even after an agreement on climate change that is likely to be reached in Paris later this year, weather will continue to grow more variable and related extreme weather conditions would continue. By choosing a suitable development path, their adverse impacts can definitely be mellowed down.


The adverse impacts of weather variability manifesto itself through floods and droughts conditions from time to time around the world. Mankind has adequately tackled them through various preventive measures. For example, through provision of irrigation facilities, particularly during the last two hundred years, mankind has been able to maintain food production surpassing its demand thereby tackling the specter of hunger to a large extent.


To make irrigation systems more resilient, at the 7th World Water Forum, which concluded last week in South Korea, ICID in association with its partners and through various activities deliberated upon the means to continuously modernize the irrigation systems that have been instrumental in stabilizing the food production and generating wealth in many parts of the world. Continuing to emphasize the importance of efficient use of each drop of water, under the increasing stress on this precious natural resource due to its growing scarcity, ICID has planned a number of actions as part of the Implementation Roadmap adopted by the water community at the close of 7th WWF.


It was heartening to note that the Forum was attended by a large number of experts and office bearers associated with ICID as part of their national delegations or individually. Some of the activities where ICID was involved as an institution experts were involved are briefly presented in this issue of News Update.


Sustainable development is at the forefront of our thought process in ICID, as is apparent from a number of events that the National Committees have reported, some of which are briefly presented herein. ICID is committed to formalize this process in irrigation and drainage sector. In order to materialize the objectives of sustainable development debate and taking the concepts to the field, ICID Vision 2030, which is under development will be debated in Montpellier meeting of IEC in October 2015, will take cognizance of these factors.


We have received a very enthusiastic response to the 26th European Regional Conference and a good number of papers have been received. The last date for submitting the full papers is fast approaching. You may like to make use of the same Early Bird Registration before 31 July 2015. The submission of abstracts for some of the international workshops is still open, and you may like to take the opportunity.


I am hopeful that the members of the various technical Working Groups have already started preparations for their WG meetings in Montpellier. To make the physical meeting more beneficial a number of the WGs have already organized virtual meeting through web conferencing among its members. If you also feel that you would like to sort out certain issues before the Montpellier meeting, please let me know. Central Office will be happy to set up the video-conference for you.


We are in the process of receiving nominations for the ICID Register of Heritage Irrigation Structures; Scholarship to Young Professionals to attend ICID events; and the WatSave Awards and your contributions to the Annual Report 2014-15. As usual, we look forward to your feedback.


Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary Genera

 


 

From News Update, March 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,


Preparations for the 26th European Regional Conference and 66th International Executive Council (IEC) meeting are in full swing and I am sure you might be busy in preparing extended abstracts and papers for the Conference and other Workshops.


In a couple of months, you would be approached for submitting the agenda for your working group meetings. We are midway between our annual IEC meetings. It is time to take stock of what we had promised to ourselves during 65th IEC as recorded in the minutes. Now it is time that we brush up those minutes and assess to what extent we have achieved our set goals for the year. Identify the areas where we need some corrective actions to reach the next milestone. Some of you have made use of the WebEx videoconference tool now made available to interact with your respective team members in the Working Groups. If you could squeeze some time out of your busy schedule in the next two months you would be able to fructify your efforts that you put at the last meeting of your Working Group in Gwangju, South Korea.


As already reported, the preparations for the 2nd World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) have already started in February with the First Preparatory Meeting already held at Central Office and Management Board having established the Steering Committee (SC) and International Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC).


Based on the offer received from the Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID), 4th African Regional Conference has been approved to be organized in Cairo, Egypt from 23-26 April 2016. We are now looking forward to the proposals for hosting the 9th International Micro-irrigation Symposium, 3rd World Irrigation Forum (WIF3) scheduled in 2019, and the 24th ICID Congress scheduled in 2020.


Next month you will witness the 7th edition of the World Water Forum unfold in twin cities of Gyeongbuk and Daegu in South Korea from 12-17 April 2015. Vice President Hon. Shinsuke Ota, Chair of the TF-WWF7 has made tremendous efforts in taking the lead to organize the Session 2.1.3 Modernization of Irrigation jointly with FAO and other partners under Theme 2.1 “Water for Food”. In addition, ICID is participating in the exhibition through display of activities by means of posters, which represents various aspects of activities being undertaken by ICID and its National Committees. As required by the organizers at this Forum Implementation Roadmap (IR) has to be submitted by each organization. On behalf of ICID, VPH Ota has drafted this IR based on contribution received from NCs, WGs, and ICID Office Bearers. You will find a booth of JNCID, where you can find the activities of ICID displayed. I invite you to attend Session 2.1.3 along with the other sessions of Theme 2.1


The three out of five new WGs that was planned to be established at the 65th IEC have been approved at 66th IEC and the other two are in the process of consultation. Other WGs which are likely to be closed in next one or two years are also in the process of discussions and scoping out their mandate.


The Scheme for Register of Heritage Irrigation Structures (HIS), which was the only Scheme that remains to be approved at the 66th IEC, is presently being revised in consultation with the WG-HIS and will be finalized soon. As it was informed the call for nominations for HIS is open and there are no last dates for submission. You can submit the nominations any day. So, go ahead prepare the nominations as per the guidelines posted on the website and submit them for listing.


Integrated Library Management System (ILMS) that intends to provide one-stop catalogue of literature related to irrigation and drainage, including those generated in the countries in their national languages, was introduced during the 65th IEC meeting. We are now inviting you to share the national catalogues of literature from your country, whether in English, French or your local language (as supported by Unicode) in the prescribed format available for download from <http://www.icid.org/xxx.rar>.


Also I would like to invite you to contribute inputs for the ICID Annual Report 2014-15, to include important activities carried out by your national committees. To avoid missing your inputs, please rush your contribution at the earliest. Chair of workbodies are requested to submit small write up for inclusion and have your say on the topics covered.


I am sure you might be preparing to take advantage of the forthcoming World Water Day with focus on “Sustainable Development” and organize interactions with your other stakeholders and partners within your country. Please do share the outcomes of these interactions with other National Committees by sending us a small write up which would be published in these pages.


Best regards,


Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, February 2015

 

Dear Colleagues,


This year the World Water Day will be organized under the theme “Water and Sustainable Development” on 22 March. This is the occasion for water professionals to raise the awareness of the policy makers and decision makers who will be meeting in September to set the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the future development agenda that the humanity will be setting for itself. Agriculture sector, with its potential to layout the framework of happiness and well-being, through provision of livelihood, food, nutrition is largely dependent on the natural resources: land, water and climate and there is a need to make use of these resources sustainable.


Water is the key element running through the various aspects of development and ensuring water security plays a crucial role in sustainable development. Being the largest consumer of water, agriculture and how water is managed therein has the potential to ensure overall water security. ICID community has the responsibility to present agriculture water management perspective to the debate on sustainable development. I appeal to my National Committee colleagues to take a leading role in this debate.


The shift from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires a paradigm shift to green actions, a new perspective from different development players. ICID realizes this need and has taken up the task to review its strategic direction. As informed in the last edition of the News UPDATE the exercise to develop ICID Vision 2030 has already started and the Consultative Group set up by the President has started seeking inputs from NCs, NC members and WG experts through a questionnaire circulated by e-mail.


ICID in its various events and conferences addresses various issues that facilitates the sustainable development. The 26th European Regional Conference at Montpellier during 11-16 October 2015, France, will focus on the main theme “Innovate to improve irrigation performance”. The conference will also be accompanied by a number of International Workshops on the themes: Ecosystem Services, Flood Risk Management, Precision Irrigation and History. This issue of the News UPDATE once again reminds our patrons of Call for Papers to these important events.


At the same time preparations for the Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) scheduled to be held from 6-13, November 2016 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, have been initiated by our hosts Thai National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (THAICID). We held discussions with a delegation from THAICID that visited the Central Office, to review the preparations. Like the WIF1, we will be setting up an International Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) with our international partners and invite all the stakeholders to join us at the WIF2 to address the issues of “Role of Irrigation in Sustainable Food Production”. Through this message I extend open invitation to all the stakeholders engaged in agriculture water management to use this platform to address all possible aspects of irrigation and drainage.


As part of our efforts to prepare our members to face these new challenges, ICID is sponsoring its members to participate in various trainings programs and online courses such as ‘Green Economy’ and ‘Rethinking Infrastructure Design for Multiuse Water Services’ in integrated management of water, soil and waste being organized by UNU-FLORES. Members will be kept informed of such opportunities both presented by ICID as well as its partners from time to time and request patrons to make full use of these opportunities.


I close this communication once again with the request to provide us your valuable feedback on the services being provided by the Central Office. We are always eager to improve and deliver to your satisfaction.


Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, January 2015

 

Dear Friends,

 

The year 2015 will see two crucial United Nations summits. The first in September, where the world should agree on new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the aim to eradicate poverty, tackle inequality and ensure a more sustainable planet to ensure that the wellbeing of people today does not come at the expense of our children's futures. The second is the climate summit of UNFCCC in December, where the global leaders should pen an accord to replace the Kyoto Protocol to prevent this blue lively planet Earth turning into an inhospitable ball of fire and deluge.

 

ust a few months to go before these summits, there are many issues to be settled. Very few leaders are playing the leadership role that is required for a better world that we all are looking forward to. We saw the climate talk under the UNFCCC banner progress but at a snails’ pace earlier in December, leaving a lot of loose ends to be tied. There is need to set goals that are ambitious and have adequate financing and implementation mechanisms. The actions that the world leaders take on these issues in 2015 will decide, which way the world turns for decades to come.

 

The International non-Governmental organizations are raising their voice against the slow progress leading to inequality and injustice that keep people poor and are going louder by the day can no more be ignored. However, once the agreements are inked, these organizations have the role cut out for them in facilitating the implementation process by enabling knowledge based participation of various stakeholders.

 

World Water Day 2015 will be focussed on the theme “Water and sustainable development”. The day will be used for making the concept of sustainable development inherent in all water related developments. It provides the NCs an opportunity to make their voice heard at the national level and influence the global agenda of sustainable development. We will be happy-to-hear from you about the celebrations that took place at your National Committee level. Some of the National Committees are regularly sharing their activities with other members through the News UPDATE. I encourage you to please do the same.

 

Sustainable agriculture is a subset of the Green Economy and a function of environmentally sound agriculture water management, the goal that ICID strives for. Under the new development paradigm, as a professional organization, ICID, for an optimal contribution, needs to take a fresh and careful look at where ICID is placed today in the Irrigation, drainage and flood management sectors and what role the Commission can and should play, in the intermediate and long term. Such a re-look is equally relevant in the changing role of irrigation and drainage in food production in both developed and developing economies.


Keeping the above in view, President Dr. Saeed Nairizi has established a Consultative Group to develop an ‘ICID Vision 2030’ to look at the most appropriate role in line with its mandate and the changing global expectations. The Consultative Group plans to involve you, our patrons, very soon before presenting the Vision 2030 for the consideration of International Executive Council, the general body of ICID.

 

In accordance with the decisions taken at the 65th IEC in Gwangju, some of the Working Groups have seized the opportunity to organize a virtual meeting of their Groups through video-conference in between physical meetings at two IEC sessions. This will enable those participants who are unable to attend the meetings physically during the IEC meetings, provide their inputs. Three of the WG Chairs have already fixed up tentative dates for the virtual meeting during January, February and March months of 2015. You may like to work with your WG chairs to arrange a convenient slot for the virtual meeting.

 

I also draw your attention to the Call for Papers (page 6) for the 26th European Regional Conference with the theme ‘Innovate to improve Irrigation Performance’ to be held in Montpellier, France from 11-16 October 2015 in conjunction with 66th meeting of IEC.

 

Let me once again offer the services of ICID communication channels to share your activities. We will be happy to assist you in reaching out and share the knowledge and experiences. Some of the National Committees are regularly sharing their activities with other members through the News UPDATE. I encourage you to please do the same. Particularly in the beginning of the year, I request you to please ensure that you have updated contact details of your National Committees, Office Bearers and Members. As always, we are keen in the Central Office to receive your feedback on our services.

 

Best regards,


Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

 

 

2014


 

From News Update, December 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

The year 2014 is closing with some hopes, if not on the terrorism issues but on the issue of containing the monster of climate change. The annual UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (CoP in its 20th edition) to the UN Framework of Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru, a few days ago, finally concluded an agreement that everyone wanted, yet no-one much liked. However, the outcome keeps the Parties on track moving towards a new global climate agreement in Paris next year. An outline text of the 2015 Paris agreement is now there to work on. Unfortunately, it left everyone unhappy with one aspect or another. The Lima deal is weak in many respects but can be considered as an important breakthrough.

The second aspect of the agreement relates to the national commitments – the ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ (INDCs) – during 2015. Developing countries wanted developed countries to include financial support for poorer nations. They got no commitments to new money, and inclusion of adaptation plans will be optional, not compulsory. The key elements were agreed, but only in the form of guidance, not as requirements.

Given the divergence between the options included in the agreed text, however, it will require tremendous effort to make the draft fit for an agreement in Paris in December 2015 to replace the Kyoto Protocol of 1997.

Agreement or no agreement, of course the former is preferred, water remains the major sector through which adaptations to the changing climate will find its way. Dealing effectively with the increased climate variability through robust tools such as larger storages, reliable irrigation, drought resistant crops and use of technology for flexible decision making processes is inevitable.

The year 2014 saw a renewed efforts by the ICID community to address climate issues in relation to the agriculture water management by addressing the issue of “Securing Water for Food and Rural Community under Climate Change“ during the 22nd ICID Congress earlier this year. These and many other challenges facing the irrigation sector were also addressed by ICID community during the First World Irrigation Forum in 2013. International community will also push the agenda of Sustainable Development forward in 2015 by adopting SDGs.

In the background of these emerging development scenarios, it is important that ICID as an organization resets its vision and goals. Accordingly, as a first major decision after assuming the charge, the new President of ICID, Dr. Saeed Nairizi has constituted a Consultative Group to develop a draft of “ICID Vision 2030” to be discussed at the 66th meeting of the International Executive Council of ICID. The Consultative Group has already organized its first on-line meeting. In order to make the Vision exercise inclusive, the Consultative Group plans to seek inputs at various stages of the exercise from all its NCs, contributors, partners and other stakeholders starting January 2015.

During the last couple of years, concerned at the lack of interest from the young professionals in pursuing irrigation as a profession, ICID has taken a small but sure steps to enthuse young professionals by facilitating their participation in ICID events by providing them financial support.

The year also saw wide acceptance and some consolidation in adopting new technologies by ICID in processing papers, increasing interaction with the members through video conferencing, initiating e-learning courses etc.The use of teleconferencing facilities has gained momentum and the Working Groups are poised to make use of the technology in 2015, ahead of their physical meetings in Montpellier in October.

I would like to thank all our patrons for supporting our activities and making the year 2014 the year of stabilization and looking forward. I thank our National Committees, international partners and experts who have contributed their valuable time voluntarily to further our activities.

Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, November 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,


Lima, the venue for the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP) under the UNFCCC (The Climate Change Conference) scheduled in the first half of December 2014 presents a crucial opportunity for the nations to work towards reaching a climate agreement in 2015 as the Kyoto Protocol approaches its closing stages. This is expected to prepare the grounds for the 21st COP in Paris, scheduled for December 2015 to mark a decisive stage in negotiations on the future international agreement for a post-2020 regime. All expectations for a bright future rest on the world leaders to adopt the major outlines of a new regime.


By the end of the 21st COP, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, all the nations of the world, including the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, are expected to be bound by a universal agreement on climate. Subsequent COP meetings will work on finalizing its details for the agreement to come into effect in 2020, the end of the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.


Water, and in particular use of water in agriculture is expected to play a crucial role not only under Adaptation plank of the new regime, but also the mitigation efforts. ICID, working with its partners is contributing in this global effort. This News UPDATE issue presents some of these efforts.


‘Climate Change and Water: Improving Water Use Efficiency’; ‘Adaptation to Climate Change in the Transboundary Context’; ‘Lessons Learnt in Strategy Implementation on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Water Sector’; or ‘Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in Monsoon Asia’, all of these workshops, seminars and conferences held in different parts of the world are efforts in that direction.


With a view to introduce the newly elected Vice Presidents to the functioning of the Central Office and how it can serve them in fulfilling their responsibilities as Vice Presidents, the newly elected VPs are invited to visit the Central Office for close interactions. This year, VP Dr Bong Hun Lee and VP Dr Mohammad Wahba were able to visit Central Office early this month. VP Dr Ding Kunlun will be visiting CO soon. The visits were useful in breaking the ice and giving the VPs an opportunity to hit the road running.


President Dr Saeed Nairizi took the opportunity of attendance at the 53rd meeting of Board of Governors of WWC in Marseilles to interact with various international partners. He also embarked upon his efforts to interact with various National Committees and visited Russian National Committee and met the Minister of Agriculture of Russian Federation.
The minutes of various workbody meetings during the 65th IEC in Gwangju have now been sent to various chairs. Later this month all the Draft minutes will be compiled and the Draft Minutes of 65th IEC will be sent to the National Committees for their comments. Some of the WG chairs have already started followup actions on the basis of these draft minutes. Soon Central Office will be seeking the proposals from various WG chairs for a mid-session virtual meeting of the various working groups through video-conference.


Call for nominations for WatSave awards was issued with the last issue of news UPDATE with the last date of receiving the nominations at CO fixed as 15 June 2015. However, the National Committees may seek the proposals to reach the NCs one or two months in advance of this last date so that NCs have sufficient time to screen them by establishing a Screening Committee as required under decision taken by IEC in its 65th IEC.


I end this communications by extending heartiest congratulations to Dr. Ir. Basuki Hadimoeljono for being bestowed the responsibility to serve as Minister of Public Works and Public Housing, Ministry of Public Works by the new President of Indonesia Dr. Joko Widodo. ICID fraternity is happy to note that now Vice President Basuki has better opportunties of influencing global water policy.


Please keep providing feedback to Central Office to enable us to serve you better.


Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


From News Update, October 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

October 17 is observed as International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. It promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries. Individuals and organizations observe it as a day to renew their commitment in collaborating towards eradicating poverty. This year the theme was “Leave No One Behind: Think, Decide and Act Together against Extreme Poverty”. In December, 1992, the UN General Assembly officially declared October 17 as the date for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (resolution 47/196 of December 22, 1992).


Interestingly, the ICID Working Group on Role of Irrigation on Poverty Alleviation and Livelihoods WG-POVERTY, submitted its final report at the 65th IEC Council meeting. The report once again emphasized that the role of irrigation in poverty alleviation may be small in terms of simply providing water to grow crops, but may be significant in enabling other uses of the infrastructure as well as adding to food security and generating livelihoods.


The 22nd International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage with the main theme “Securing Water for Food and Rural Community under Climate Change”, had held during 14-16 September 2014 organized a Special Session on ‘New Partnerships for Rural Development’, which deliberated on the related aspects. Experts from 17 countries and 5 international organizations presented 23 papers and participated in the Round Table Meeting and discussed various issues connected with food security and rural development and the means to overcome these challenges. The outcomes of these meetings are presented in brief in this News UPDATE. The full Gwangju Statement issued at the 22nd Congress is also posted on ICID website <http://www.icid.org/decl_gwangju.html>


During the 65th IEC, a revised Scheme for the WatSave Awards compiling the objectives, procedure of application, process of screening by the NCs and the adjudication by the Panel of Judges has been provided. The new Scheme stipulates Screening of the proposal by the National Committee recommending the Nomination. In order to give sufficient time to the NCs for processing the cases submitted, the announcement for submission of the nominations has been advanced and is being brought out in this issue of UPDATE. The NCs are advised to circulate the call with a stipulation that the nominations may be submitted to the NCs four months in advance of the last date stipulated in the announcement. This will give sufficient time to the NCs to set up a Screening Committee to screen the nominations.


In accordance with the decisions taken at the IEC, Working Groups have been advised to organize a video-conference in between two physical meetings at the IEC. This will enable those participants who are unable to attend the meetings physically during the IEC meetings, provide their inputs. The Chairs of the WG are being advised to fix up a tentative date during January, February and March months of 2015 in consultation with the WG members and inform Central Office accordingly. You may like to work with your WG chairs to arrange a convenient slot for the virtual meeting.


For those who could not attend the 22nd ICID Congress, we have placed a ten minutes clip on our facebook page < https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=590786544378249&set=vb.314610741995832&type=2&theater> which brings out the excellent arrangements made by our host Korean National Committee (KCID). You may like to visit the page and get a glimpses of various events. The technical outcomes of the 22nd Congress will also be made available shortly.


Once again we are looking forward to your feedback to enable us to serve you better.


With Best wishes,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


From News Update, September 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,


This Issue of the News UPDATE is dedicated entirely to the outcomes of the 22nd ICID Congress and 65th IEC meeting held earlier this month from 14-20 September 2014 in Gwangju, South Korea. Although, you will soon be receiving the post congress proceedings and the Minutes of the 65th IEC meeting, the issue aims at bringing the important outcomes to the knowledge of those who could not attend the Congress and also for those attended the Congress and the IEC meetings ‘the decisions in a nutshell’ that they helped to take at the IEC.


I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new President Dr. Saeed Nairizi (Iran), who is very well known in ICID community. I also welcome Dr. Mohamed Abd-El-Moneim Wahba (Egypt), Dr. Ding Kunlun (China) and Mr. Bong Hoon Lee (Korea) who have been elected as Vice Presidents for the period 2014-17.


In the typical efficient and grand style, our Korean hosts made the event a memorable one and a grand success on many counts. On behalf of you all, I would like to place on record our deep appreciation for the National Organizing Committee under the leadership of Dr. Lee, Sang-Mu, Chairman of KCID.


Looking back at the activities during the last three years, since the 21st Congress in Tehran, under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Gao Zhanyi, I am sure you will agree that his term has been a period of vision, change and consolidation. I sincerely thank him for the support and guidance he provided to the Central Office in fulfilling its mandate of facilitating the change and implementing his vision.


With Best wishes,


Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, August 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,


As this edition of News UPDATE meets your eyes, the water management community will be gathering in Stockholm for the World Water Week 2014 to deliberate upon the inextricable linkages between Energy and Water, both from quantity as well as quality perspective, providing multi-disciplinary insight into the issues and possible solutions.


From the present situation where irrigated agriculture currently accounts for more than two thirds of the total global water withdrawals, while power production, manufacturing and households together use the remaining one-third, we are likely to move to a scenario where agriculture will have to work with only one third to provide double the current food production. This challenge can be overcome only by increasing efficiency of water use in agriculture.


To address this issue, the world needs to invest in improving efficiency in agriculture water management and in green (e.g. natural) and grey (e.g. dams) infrastructure to store, move and treat water to adapt to changing climate. This will also help to develop physical and social resilience towards climate change impacts, the subject that we are scheduled to debate during the 22nd ICID Congress.


Dependence of pressurized irrigation on the availability of energy, the use of waste water for agriculture thereby saving energy in its purification are some of the many such linkages. Unintended consequences of energy development for water, and vice versa, often have their roots in fragmented policies, e.g. energy subsidies in some parts of the world contribute to unsustainable groundwater overdraft through excessive pumping. ICID will need to address some of these issues in subsequent World Irrigation Forums and Congresses.


The new variety of seeds will also play a crucial role in our continuous fight against increasing water scarcity, hunger, and improving rural livelihoods and well-being. On behalf of the ICID community, I congratulate Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram for his continuous effort in developing new species of wheat and winning the World Food Prize for 2014. ICID pledges once again to continue to facilitate the mission of World Food Prize through better agriculture water management.


ICID has been encouraging the technologies and management techniques to save water in agriculture applications and recognizing them by conferring yearly WatSave Awards. I congratulate Mr. Jeff Shaw (USA), Dr. Yosri Atta (Egypt) for bagging this years’ WatSave Award for Technology and Management respectively.


The Working Group on On-Farm Irrigation Systems has performed very well during the period 2011-14 and has been adjudged the Best Performing Workbody. Our hosts, the Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID), have been adjudged the Best Performing National Committee for the period 2011-14. Congratulations to all those behind the excellent performance by WG-ON-FARM and KCID.


The preparations for the Congress are on track and now we have the two pre-congress volumes already available online at <http://www.icid.org/22cong_abst_vol.zip> for your use. Based on the Scope of the Congress questions, the General Reports from Rapporteurs and the Abstracts of all the 228 papers and posters included therein, you can judiciously plan your participation in the sessions. Participants are requested to keep a watch on the likely changes in various meetings related to the IEC by closely following the Programme, the latest version being made available inside.


Let me remind those who might not have got the time to go through the Consolidated Detailed Agenda <www.icid.org/agenda.html> as yet that like the last year, President has convened a short plenary session of the 65th IEC on 16th September, before the start of the workbody meetings on the 17th September.
Continuing our efforts towards a greener IEC, we have uploaded all the agenda papers on our website. No hard copies of the Agenda will be made available during the meetings. You may therefore, like to come prepared for a paperless (almost) Council meeting and bring your laptops with you. The Annual Report 2013-14 <www.icid.org/ar_e_2013.pdf> that largely provides a detailed overview of the activities carried out since the 64th IEC, forms an important part of the Action Taken Report that you might like to keep handy.

 

The agenda are also updated as and where required, therefore, please be sure to use the latest version of the agenda documents. More details on the management of the documents during the meetings are given inside.


Looking forward to see you in Gwangju!!

 

With best regards,

 

Avinash C Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, July 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

As the world population edged past 7.1 billion, having profound implications for sustainability of the development process, one billion people across the globe continue to lack access to sufficient water for consumption, sanitation and agriculture. As glaciers continue to melt and aquifers depleted faster than they can be replenished, food production is stretched. Fight for sustainable development no more remains a fantasy but is a dire necessity. Two years down the Rio+20 (June 2012), efforts are on to move closer to the ‘Future We Want’. This issue reports an update on the process to establish ‘Sustainable Development Goals - SDG’ (to be adopted in 2015) that are of interest and concern to the ICID community.

 

As ICID’s contribution to the Theme “Investing in young people” for the World Population Day 11th July 2014, we assist the youth power to take on the development challenges and initiate the process by facilitating their participation in ICID events and enabling them to explore new options by which they can contribute to the sustainable agriculture water management.

 

Anniversaries provide an opportunity to reflect and remember past achievements and to honor those who have been part of the journey. It also provide an occasion to raise awareness on an issue. ICID Foundation Day (24 June) serves the same purpose. This year, I had the privilege, along with the President Gao Zhanyi to spend the day in the company of drainage experts, gathered in the historical city of St. Petersburg on the occasion of 12th ICID International Drainage Workshop (12th IDW). RuCID, hosted a lunch for the participants while on a visit to one of the marvels of flood mitigation: the St. Petersburg Flood Barrier. It provided an opportunity to reflect on the contribution that has been made by the experts in land reclamation in that part of the world and thereby combating poverty and hunger around the world. A brief report on 12th IDW is presented in this issue.

 

During the month of July we have successfully started implementation of the last of the four major new initiatives of President Gao Zhanyi’s term - according recognition to “Heritage Irrigation Structures (HIS)". The objective of the initiative is to learn and apply the lessons of the past for making decisions in the present and planning for the future. The study of heritage irrigation structures that continue to serve their intended purpose beyond their expected lifespans enables us to draw lessons for sustainable development. Some may tend to argue that our modern science and technology has lifted us above the lessons of history. However, there is no denying the fact that the analytical process teaches us the critical thinking skills that can allow present engineers to make decisions about the present and future.

 

Despite the short time available to the National Committees to submit nominations for HIS, we have received some interesting proposals, which are under the consideration of Panel of Judges. But there is no need to feel left out. The process of receiving the nominations is a continuous one. The present deadline of 22nd July 2014 is only for the structures that would be accorded recognition during the Congress. Please keep sending us your nominations

 

52nd meeting of the Board of Governors of WWC also saw President Gao Zhanyi propose the another initiative that expands the scope of our learning from the past, the “World Water System Heritage” to include all water systems, particularly the people’s contribution and management that have underlined the sustainability of the systems over the centuries. Details of the program will be jointly developed by ICID and WWC and the program is expected to be launched at the 7th WWF.

 

The pre-Council meetings of the various workbodies will, among others, include informal discussions on the four out of five new Working Groups provisionally accepted to be established by the 64th IEC at Mardin. These Working Groups under Theme Schemes are on: Drainage; Irrigation Development and Management; Institutional and Organizational Aspects; and Revitalization and Modernization. The Draft Scoping Documents prepared by the respective Core Groups have been circulated among the National Committees and would form the basis of deliberation during these informal meetings, before they are formally presented to the 65th IEC at Gwangju for approval.

 

The Annual Report 2013-14, “International Cooperation in Agriculture Water Management”, which is already on the web, has been dispatched to the NCs and all the Office Bearers and partner organizations. We would appreciate your feedback and continued inputs for enrichment of future reports.

 

I am sure you are busy preparing for the Congress and the Council meetings. Please keep a watch on the changes in the programme. You are likely to discover more interesting features. Looking forward to see you all at Gwangju.

 

With best regards,

 

Avinash C Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, June 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

The recent systematic tirade against large dams panders to the agenda of ‘Climate Change Deniers’ lobby. If you believe that the warmer climate would result in more variability in weather, it is easy to comprehend, that it entails accentuated extreme hydrologic conditions: short spells of intense rain accompanied by longer dry spells. Any housewife from a developing country facing intermittent water supplies will vouch for the fact that longer ‘no water-supply’ periods would require her to procure bigger utensils to store water for her needs, unless she decides to use hundreds of tumblers and has the space to spread them around the house. The situation is symptomatic of the developing countries around the world who are unable to cope with the current climate variability in water supplies and are faced with increasing climate variability due to ongoing and impending climate change. Unfortunately, most developing countries do not enjoy the luxury of rains round the year and whenever they need it.


World Bank in the recent past, as a policy, has started re-investing in large dams and storages. Supporting this new investment policy, President Gao Zhanyi, ICID and President Adama Nombre, ICOLD, have addressed a letter to the President of the World Bank, aptly highlighting the futility of this new series of debates relating to dams for water storage and hydropower. It has been pointed out that these debates, instigated by motivated NGOs “are counter-productive, as they do not propose any credible or viable alternative for meeting world sustainable energy needs on a realistic scale” and have averred that “the cost of no action will be very heavy for the populations in developing countries, and for the environment”.


24th June, the ICID Foundation Day will provide an opportunity, to the National Committees as well as professionals engaged in irrigation and drainage, to re-dedicate the ICID community to work towards water security and sustainable development goals. NCs will have opportunity to bring together various stakeholders working towards water and food security within the respective countries and highlight the need for storages for irrigation and hydropower, among others. The topic is appropriately addressed within the framework of ‘Energy and Water’ as the theme for World Water Day 2014. We will be happy-to-hear from you about the celebrations that took place at your National Committee level.


It is heartening to see the keen interest shown by the Young Professionals in participating in the 22nd Congress and overwhelming requests for ICID scholarships have been received. Keeping in view the budget constraints only 10 YPs will be provided full scholarship while another 5 YPs are being provided partial scholarship. The successful candidates will be informed by the end of this month. YPs attending the Congress will also be able to attend training workshops specially organized / designed for them.


As you may recall, commencing 64th IEC meeting in Mardin, Turkey, we have started holding Plenary session of IEC before the start of its workbody meetings. The objective is to give all the volunteers and experts attending the technical workbodies, but not the Council meeting, a sense of working together with the common objective: to manage water for sustainable agriculture. This year too, the Plenary session will be held on 16th September (FN). The main agenda items for this session would be Presidents’ Report; Presentation by the National Committees (Philippines and Italy) and Dispensation of WatSave and other awards. Please take a good note of the Congress and IEC programme (tentative) given inside.


I am sure most of you are busy preparing for your workbody meetings. The draft agenda for various workbodies is under preparation. Please let us know through your WG chairman, if you would like to include any new agenda item. You may like to take the opportunity to have a preliminary discussion with experts within your respective groups in the next two months so that you are better prepared for making best use of the opportunity of face to face meeting in Gwangju. Central Office will be happy to organize for you a group ‘web conference’ to facilitate discussions among some or all of the members from your workbody.


The Scoping Documents for the four out of five proposed new WGs, as decided at 64th IEC, are now with the Core Group members who are refining/ working on them. These Scoping Documents will be sent to the National Committees in early July to ascertain and invite the experts who would like to be associated with these WGs.


Please also take note of the Technical Tours organized after the 22nd Congress, as you would find them very informative and an excellent way of sharing information and developments across the regions. And don’t forget to avail “Early Bird” registration benefits.


With best regards,

 

Avinash C Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, May 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,


World Environment Day, celebrated every year on 5th June, focusses its attention on the positive environmental action for the development and betterment of humans and the ecological services they benefit from 2014 is the International Year for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and, as such, with global warming and consequent climate change, the small Islands face the challenge of rising sea levels and other climate extremes. SIDS are already vulnerable to environment and climate disasters through extreme climate events. IPCC report, released earlier this year, has identified water and food security as the main issues of concern, particularly in SIDS.


With similar objectives in view the World Day to Combat Desertification on 17th June starts an yearlong effort to bring awareness to maintain bio-diversity "Land belongs to the future, let's climate proof it!".

 

ICID’s deliberations at the 22nd Congress are in line with these concerted international efforts through the slogan. Ecological services provided by nature for the livelihood and betterment of rural community can be maintained only if the development process preserves its environment and biodiversity. One of the biggest sources of pollution of rural environment resides in the use of chemicals in agriculture. Some of these issues are expected to be discussed at the Congress which addresses questions related to “Securing Water for Food and Rural Community under Climate Change” and through deliberations at the Symposium on “Non-point Source Pollution and Best Management Practices”.


KCID, the host National Committee for 22nd ICID Congress is making all out efforts to make the event a resounding success. Preparations for the Congress are in full swing. More than 200 papers are proposed to be discussed. It’s time for you to take an early decision and make use of the “Early bird registration” opportunity available till 30 June 2014.


Overwhelming interest has been shown by the Young Professionals in participating in the Congress and requests for ICID scholarships have been received. The successful candidates will be informed by the Central Office shortly. YPs attending the Congress will also be able to attend training workshops specially organized / designed for them.


RuCID the host National Committee of the 12th Irrigation Drainage Workshop, which is scheduled within less than a month from now, is also facilitating the participation of the Young Professionals to the workshop.

 

During last few years the Commission’s activities in Latin American countries have been a little slow. To invigorate the regional activities, VP Laurie Tollefson and Central Office have been making efforts. In this connection CO with the help of VP Ragab Ragab organized a side meeting at the INOVAGRI meet in Fortaleza, Brazil. We are also hopeful that with the Mexican National Committee (MXCID) offering to host the 23rd ICID Congress in 2017 in Mexico, ICID will be able to re-vitalize its network into the irrigation and drainage community in Latin America. We encourage all our members with contacts in Latin America to help us in these efforts.


Like every year during the IEC meetings election for the Office Bearers will be held. We have received enthusiastic response for all the positions for which elections are due. It goes to prove that members continue to believe in the mission and objectives of the Commission and are enthusiastic enough to devote their valuable time to serve the Commission. I am sure you will be hearing from potential candidates soon.

 

The 65th ICID Foundation Day will be celebrated on 24th June, which will provide an opportunity to the National Committees to bring together various stakeholders from irrigation and drainage sector active within the respective countries. NCs can make use of the Foundation Day to organize annual meetings or technical workshops in preparation for the Congress. We will be happy-to-hear from you about the celebrations that took place at your National Committee level. Some of the National Committees are regularly sharing their activities with other members through the News UPDATE. I encourage you to please do the same.

 

I close this communication once again with the request to provide us your feedback on the services being provided by the Central Office. We are always eager to improve and deliver to your satisfaction.

 

With best wishes,

 

Avinash C Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, April 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Since the last edition of the ICID NEWS Update of March 2014, the reports of the IPCC Working Groups II (Impacts, adaptations and vulnerability) and Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate Change) have since been approved and released. WG II has clearly identified the increasing risk of food insecurity and the breakdown of food systems linked to warming, drought, flooding, and precipitation variability and extremes, particularly for poorer populations in urban and rural settings, with high confidence. It also concludes, among other, that climate-related hazards exacerbate other stressors, often with negative outcomes for livelihoods, especially for people living in poverty. Risk of loss of rural livelihoods and income due to insufficient access to drinking and irrigation water and reduced agricultural productivity, is highly likely to increase, particularly for farmers and pastoralists with minimal capital in semi-arid regions.


The report also concludes with high confidence that, in addition to the human-driven pressures, climate change is an additional driver of risk. Existing pressures on water may increase due to climate extremes and variability, leading to increased scarcity in some places, while confronting severe floods, sometimes both at the same place but in different time. Climate change projections indicate future challenges to water security, increasing ecological, economic and social vulnerabilities, especially in the arid regions.


In order to improve poverty situation in these regions agricultural water management has to play a crucial role. The questions that are being addressed at the 22nd ICID Congress constitute an effort to build awareness of these crucial issues among the National Committees in order for them to play the key role at the national level in promoting sustainable development through better agriculture water management. The stage is set for rich deliberations through more than 250 paper discussions and poster presentations.


I am sure all our National Committees are preparing themselves, like the Indonesian National Committee, to make best use of the opportunity to share experiences at Congress by discussing these issues at the national level. INACID is organizing a preparatory seminar to bring together the public and private sector, and the academics to discuss critical issues on irrigation, drainage, agriculture and climate change under the theme ‘Sustainable Lowland Irrigation Management and Strategies for Supporting National Food Security in Climate Change Adaptation’. Read more on the proposed seminar inside.


Sustainable agriculture is a subset of the Green Economy and a function of environmentally sound agriculture water management. 12th International Workshop on Drainage scheduled late next month organized by RUCID in St. Petersburg will be addressing this important issue. In the face of limiting natural resources, sustainability of increased agriculture production is one of the major concerns today. An interactive Workshop titled ‘Adapting Irrigation for Green Economic Growth’ at Alterra Wageningen UR by NETHCID and the Seminar titled ‘The daunting challenges of canal irrigation reform for water productivity and food security’ organized by Irrigation and Water Forum (IWF/ICID.UK) and University of East Anglia (UEA) are examples of the way our NCs are embracing themselves to the sustainability issues in agricultural water management.


A number of historical irrigation structures around the world that have served the mankind in meeting its food and fibre needs over the centuries can provide many relevant lessons for the planners and managers. To collect these lessons, ICID is initiating a scheme to recognize such Heritage Irrigation Structures and draw lessons with the objective to disseminate them. This edition contains the call for nominations of such structures from all the National Committees.


This week we are starting despatch of the Integrated Summary Report of the First World Irrigation Forum held in October last year. Please acknowledge, once you receive it. As always, we are keen in the Central Office to receive your feedback on our services.


With Best wishes,


Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, March 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,


I am happy to report that the preparations for the 22nd Congress are on track under the able leadership of the National Organizing Committee of the Congress as witnessed by the participants of the preparatory workshop in Gwangju late last month attended by President Gao Zhanyi and yours’ truly. The city of Gwangju on the banks of river Yeongsan-gang has excellent conference facilities that provide perfect setting for discussions on the important questions related to climate change and rural development that will be addressed at the Congress. The Organizing Committee has issued the Final Brochure giving all relevant information for you to start preparing. More than 350 abstracts have been received and the further process is on with the help of reviewers, panelists and the rapporteurs. I suggest you to please make use of Early Bird Registration concession offered by the organizers.


Registrations for the 12th International Drainage Wrokshop at St Petersberg, scheduled for June 2014 are also open and the host RuCID has developed a unique program. More on the schedule and last dates for the IDW are presented inside.


As a follow up to the efforts of ICID to attract and enthuse young professionals to participate in ICID activities, NCs and our international partners have been invited to nominate ten Young Professionals for scholarship to attend 22nd ICID Congress. Similarly, full registration fee for 10 Young Professionals has been waived off by RuCID for 12th IDW.


As part of a new initiative, the National Committees of Philippines and Italy will be sharing their experiences by making presentation at the plenary session of the 65th IEC. At the same time, the organizers have made excellent provisions for display space for the other NCs to participate in the Exhibition and share information. NCs are requested to make use of this opportunity to share knowledge, and information and experiences. Please inform the Central Office about the display area required and whether you require a separate booth.


I am sure you would be organizing the World Water Day on the topic “Water and Energy”. It is an opportune time to disseminate the outcomes of First World Irrigation Forum, especially on the water-food-energy nexus with other stakeholders in the countries. Central Office would be looking forward to all NCs to report back and share how you celebrated the World Water Day and share these issues with all others.


ICID has been working with many partners on water and energy security, ICOLD and Hydropower are some. Asia 2014 5th International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower brought out the close linkages between energy and water. These linkages will be further enhanced by the climate change. ICID is working with World Meteorological Organization bringing together climate and water communities to manage the extreme events if floods and droughts: starting with South Asia.


Core Groups of experts have stared the work on developing scoping document for the new working groups under thematic area “Schemes”, as decided by 64th IEC. We will be seeking your views on the scope of these WGs before presenting to IEC in its 65th meeting. The Core Groups are invited to make use of the Web-conferencing for discussions. Other Work bodies may also take advantage of this facility.


While in South Korea, I had the occasion, along with the President, to attend also the BoG of WWC and the 2nd Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting. ICID has offered, like in the previous World Water Forums, to coordinate the theme “Water and Food” under Action Goal Water and Development for Prosperity at the 7th World Water Forum. A detailed report is available in these pages.


We are in the process of organizing an ICID side event at the INVIGORAI for the ICID community in Latina America next month. See more details inside. If you are there, please make use of the opportunity and join.
National Committees may also recall that this being a Congress year, the last dates for a number of triennial awards are approaching fast. I urge the National Committees to please make use of these opportunities.
As always, I look forward to your feedback.


Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, February 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

The importance of the water-food-energy nexus has been well recognized and was an important point of discussions at the First World Irrigation Forum. The theme of 2014 World Water Day, which is “Water and Energy”, provides an opportunity to take these discussions forward at the national level. The objective of the World Water Day 2014 is to raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy and contribute to a policy dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues related to the nexus of water and energy. National Committees should make use of this opportunity to further explore the water-food-energy nexus within their own physical, economic and socio-environmental context and how it might affect the agriculture water management policies, by engaging various stakeholders.


We have completed the post First World Irrigation Forum publication, the “Summary Report”, which is now available on the web site. All the participants whose full postal address is available will be receiving a copy of the report in mail in near future. It’s time that we take the outcomes of the Forum, as brought out in the report, as a feedback from various stakeholders and incorporate them into our activities.


President Dr. Gao Zhanyi and yours truly will be visiting South Korea during the last week of February in connection with the 2nd Stakeholders’ Consultation Meeting (SCM) for WWF7 and the 51st meeting of Board of Governors of WWC which is also taking place back-to-back. We propose to present the WIF1 Summary Report and the Synthesis of Theme 2.2 of the 6th World Water Forum at the BoG meeting.


Participating in the 2nd SCM, we expect to play a major role in the sub-theme “Water for Food” which is one of the 16 sub-themes of the forum with the main theme as “Water for Future”. Also taking advantage of this occasion we will organize a consultation meeting with the members of ICID Task Force for WWF7, present there, under the chairmanship of VPH Sansuki Ota. I take this opportunity to invite all the National Committees and the Working Groups to send us proposals for organizing sessions at the WWF7 under the sub-theme.


Preparations for the 22nd Congress are in full swing. The questions being addressed at the Congress have generated a very enthusiastic response with as many as 324 Abstarcts of papers having been received. Befitting the theme of the Congress, the Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization, Mr Micheal Jarraud, who is also the Chair of the UN-Water has agreed to deliver the N.D.Gulhati Lecture, 2014.


The National Organizing Committee of the 22nd Congress has issued the Final Bulletin, where all relevant information, including the refund/cancellation policy has been elaborated. The online registration for the Congress will open from 1 March 2014 and my advice is that you please avail the early bird registration which is available upto 30 June 2014. During our visit to South Korea we will take advantage of the occasion to review the arrangements, venue, programme and hold interactions with the National Organizing Committee members.


You are aware, this being the Congress year, a number of awards, such as Best Performing National Committee and Best Performing Working Group will be conferred during the IEC meeting. I am sure you would not like to miss the last date for submission for these awards.


As a follow up to the decisions of the 64th IEC meeting, the process to set up new working groups has been initiated. Very soon I will be approaching the core group members to develop the scoping documents for setting up the respective working group.


Let me once again offer the services of ICID communication channels to share your activities. We will be happy to assist you in reaching out and share the knowledge and experiences. As always, we are keen in the Central Office to receive your feedback on our services.

 

With Best wishes,

 

Avinash C Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, January 2014

 

Dear Friends,

 

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at its 2013 meeting of Conference of the Parties (COP-19) that concluded on 23rd November, presented a glimmer of hope as it sets a pathway for governments to work on a draft text of a new universal climate agreement in order to reach a final agreement at COP-20 in Paris, 2014.

 

Hopefully, will see governments on a track towards a universal climate agreement in 2015. COP-19 Invited developed countries, United Nations organizations, specialized agencies and other relevant organizations, to continue to enhance financial and technical support to the national adaptation plan process for the least developed countries and other developing country.

 

2014 is the year of 22nd ICID Congress (14-20 September 2014) Gwangju, Korea which would be closely followed by a climate summit in New York on 23 September 2014, complementing the UNFCCC negotiations. Parties would be coming out with bold and new announcements and actions. Befittingly, questions being addressed at the 22nd ICID Congress are not only linked to climate change, but they are likely to directly influence the National Adaptation Plans. Irrigation provision, particularly in most of the African countries, needs to find its just place as a climate change adaptation tool; particularly, adapting to increasing instances of drought situations in the future climate with increasing variability. The onus is on our National Committees to take initiative and approach the policy makers and climate negotiators within their countries to convince them to include the Irrigation provision as a legitimate action for climate change adaptation and present it for funding under various climate change adaptation funds.

 

2014 being the year of Congress, many of the Triennial events are scheduled during the 65th IEC meeting in Gwangju. Most important of them all is the election of the new President. Then there are triennial awards for Best Performing Workbody (BPWA) and the Best Performing National Committee (BPNCA) which are adjudged based on the performances during the period between two Congresses - in this case between Tehran Congress (2011) and Gwangju Congress (2014). In addition of course there is the annual replacement of three of the nine vice presidents with three new ones, through an election at the IEC meeting. Nominations for these elections and awards have been called from all the National Committees with the last dates clearly defined in the inside updates.

 

2014 will also see the organization of the 12th International Drainage Workshop from 23-26 June in St Petersburg by Russian Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (RuCID).

 

2014 will also see a new ICID initiative providing more incentives to Young Professionals to participate in ICID events and activities. The UPDATE presents an announcement inviting for scholarship for young professionals to participate in ICID events.

 

As always, I seek your feedback on various activities. Particularly in the beginning of the year, I request you to please ensure that you have updated contact details of your National Committees, Office Bearers and Members.

 

With Best Regards

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

 

 

 

2013


 

From News Update, December 2013

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

The year 2013, closing on us, giving way to 2014 saw intense deliberations on the Sustainable Development Goals for water in a post 2015 development framework among the various international water actors. UN-Water is in the process of recommending a global goal on water 'Securing sustainable water for all' which is broad, capturing the fundamental importance of water for humans as well as environment. The proposed framework is structured into four interconnected target areas: universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene; sustainable use and development of water resources; improved water quality and wastewater management; and resilience to water-related disasters.


Year 2013 was also the International Year of Water Cooperation. During the year various activities ranging from publication of "Free Flow" – bringing together a broad range of water professionals and stakeholders to share their knowledge and experiences in water cooperation – to the organization of World Irrigation Forum by ICID, have taken many shapes and hues.


World Irrigation Forum, as initiated by President Gao Zhanyi, was successfully organized in Mardin, Turkey, bringing together stakeholders that had hitherto not been within the ICID network. It was a mutually beneficial and rich experience enhancing cooperation among various stakeholders, irrigation managers and institutions. The year also saw ICID reaching out to all professionals engaged in irrigation and drainage sector opening doors to direct members and instituting the World Irrigation and Drainage Prize.
The member National Committees have been provided greater opportunity to exchange information and obtain feedback by providing a permanent column in the News UPDATE. Decision has also been taken to provide two National Committees the opportunity to showcase their activities at the plenary session of each IEC meeting.


The year also saw ICID adopt new technologies by processing papers, increasing interaction with the members through WEBEX video conferencing, initiating e-learning courses etc. The teleconferencing facilities introduced have already been put to use for organizing the Management Board meeting which took decisions on a number of the follow up actions after the 64th IEC meeting.


Constant interaction between the Central Office and the National Organizing Committee of the 22nd ICID Congress, scheduled to be held from


14-20 September, 2014 in Gwangju Metropolitan City, South Korea, is keeping the progress on its preparation, right on schedule.


ICID has also strengthened the operation of its workbodies to make them more effective in meeting their objectives. We are going through a mini-overhauling of various working groups under strategy theme Schemes with a slightly different but inclusive approach. I will be approaching the experts from the different areas of irrigation management and drainage for developing scoping document on each of the working group. I also encourage the working group chairs to make use of video conferencing facilities to further the objectives of their groups.


In the end let me take this opportunity to thank all our patrons for supporting our activities and making the year 2013 the year of consolidation of change in ICID. I particularly thank our National Committees, international partners and experts who have contributed their valuable time voluntarily to further our activities.


With season's greetings I wish you all a very fruitful and successful New Year 2014.


With Best Regards

 

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General

 


 

From News Update, November 2013

 

Dear Friends,


The science has once again emphasized that the realities of climate change are there to stay. The Working Group I "The Physical Science Basis" in its contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report accepted by the IPCC on 27 September 2013, has reiterated its earlier findings that the climate change is equivo-cal, but with more certainty. Globally, it is likely that the area encompassed by monsoon systems will increase over the 21st century. The variability is likely to get further accentuated with higher frequency of climate extremes. These extremes present distinct challenges to global food security. A brief glimpse at the findings of Summary for Policy Makers of AR5 is reported in this issue.


First World Irrigation Forum that concluded on 3rd October 2013 in Mardin, Turkey last month ad-dressed 'Irrigation and drainage in a changing world: Challenges and opportunities for global food security'. One of the challenges addressed was climate change. In order to look at various issues that agriculture water management under changing climate is likely to face, 22nd ICID Congress, scheduled from 14-20 September 2014 in Gwangju, South Korea will address 'Securing Water for Food and Rural Community under Climate Change' by posing and answering questions 58 and 59, details of which are provided inside.


It is increasingly being realized that irrigation provides resilience and serves as one of the best tools against impending more severe and longer intra-seasonal and inter-annual droughts. Sahelian region in Africa at its recently concluded High Level Forum supported by World Bank has recognized this fact and has decided to double the irrigated area in the region by 2020. No doubt the countries in the region (three of them being ICID members) would need international organizations to cooperate and support them in their endeavor. ICID will be most willing to join these efforts through its members.

 

In the last issue of News UPDATE we had provided you the brief outcomes of the 64th IEC meeting. While the minutes of IEC and its pre-council meetings are in their final stage and would reach you by 25th we UPDATE you on the activities of the various Working Groups. Some of the WGs which have completed their tenure and need to re-organize their activities, along with some new WGs will be chalking out their future plan of action.


I once again seek the indulgence of our experts participating in the WGs, including the observers, to make use of the Web-conferencing services that will be facilitated by Central Office. More details on how to use the services are presented inside.
As always, I seek your feedback.


Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, October 2013

 

Dear Colleagues,


First World Irrigation Forum in Mardin, Turkey, earlier this month presented a wonderful sight with ICID community mingling with various stakeholders: farmers, researchers, youth, industry representatives on one hand and representatives from international organisations dealing with water in its diverse roles in agricultural productivity, extreme meteorological impacts, educational needs, governance perspectives, international cooperation, and integrated water management. With eminent personalities such as Prof. Roberto Lenton, Dr. Uma Lele and Jermy Bird sharing their perspectives on agriculture water management with irrigation managers. Freshness in the air was evident from the participation of young irrigation professionals engaged with small farmers in Africa, facilitated by down to earth civil servants such as Rudolf Cleveringa. I saw the vision of IEC taking shape at the First World Irrigation Forum. Did you? Those who were not present at the Forum, can have a glimpse by clicking here.


I think this is the first firm step taken in the right direction to make decision making more inclusive. Of course there were many ways in which the event could be made more effective. We have ample scope to improve the format. But we have to persist with this fresh approach and extend it to the national level and get the desired feedback from our clients, partners in development and co- visionaries. We propose to share the information exchanged during the Forum with those who could not make it to Mardin and come out with Post Forum proceedings shortly. For the present brief outcomes of the Forum are given in a Box inside.


The follow up deliberations at the 64th Council meeting and the associated pre-council meetings of the technical working groups were an ample proof that ICID as a network is committed to make full use of these interactions with stakeholders and is more than willing to weave the outcomes into its activities. The Council took important steps such as re-orienting some of its working groups, opening up its youth platform, etc and accordingly making subtle changes to its constitution and by-laws and bringing its implementation mechanism to take full advantage of the modern technology. Details on some other important decisions are highlighted inside.


The Golden Jubilee meeting of Board of Governors of World Water Council held immediately after the Forum in Budapest, where ICID is represented, provided the opportunity to align WIF and the World Water Forum. The Regional and Science and Technology processes leading up to WWF7 will provide the opportunity to mainstream the outcomes of WIF into WWF7 deliberations.


The Budapest Water Summit hosted by Govt. of Hungary, that followed provided an opportunity for the water development sector to push for a Sustainable Development Goal with water at its core within the development structure mechanism post 2015 MDG regime. It is a moot point as to how complex sector like water which is the driving force behind a number of societal development objectives, could be represented through a SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, reasonable and time-bound goal. However, it is evident that using water efficiently - by reducing consumptive use, saving energy used in its application and preventing pollution of water bodies through its processes - will form the nucleus of any such SDG.

 

I must take this opportunity to introduce and congratulate the three new Vice Presidents Dr. Baasuki Hadimoeljono, Indonesia; Mr. Kadim Mohsin Ahmed, Iraq; and Mr. A.B. Pandya from India. I am sure they will improve upon the standards set by their predecessors Dr. Ragab Ragab, UK; Mr. Paichawat, Thailand and Mr. Husnain Ahmad from Pakistan, in achieving the objectives of ICID.

 

Thanks once again to TUCID, the host National Committee.

 

Once again I remind you of the new services that have been introduced by the Central Office and urge you to make full use of these services. Your feedback on how can we make ICID meetings and CO services derive full benefits out of your money is essential.

 

Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, September 2013

 

Dear Friends,

 

World is becoming increasingly interdependent not only for economic activities but also due to the interlinkage between Earth’s environment and their impact on water resources and climate change among others. While the consequences of economic inter-dependence are very apparent in short term, the repercussions of environmental impacts are slow but severe and are therefore not easily captured on the screens of political radars. Realization that such interdependence requires cooperation among nations, stakeholders and common man to deal with the impending challenges of increasing water scarcity lies at the root of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on “Implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013”.

 

The High Level International Conference on Water Cooperation (HLICWC) was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on 20-21 August 2013 that supported the cause of the International Year of Water Cooperation.The Conference recognized the importance of managing the multiple uses of water resources for human well-being, sustainable socio-economic development, in increasing resilience to extreme events and in maintaining ecological integrity.


Similar challenges within the agriculture water management are at the heart of the First World Irrigation Forum scheduled to be inaugurated within less than a fortnight in Mardin, Turkey. There has been tremendous response to the Forum with almost 500 participants having already registered for the event so far. The clouds of uncertainty and apprehensions of imminent Military Action in neighbouring Syria, thereby jeopardizing the security in Mardin that had gathered over the WIF-1 have been fully dispersed. In a rare and Surprising Breakthrough the international community has been able to find a solution to the crisis and averted Military Action, at least for the time being.


As we fast approach the inaugural session of the First World Irrigation Forum on 29th September, various programs are getting finalized.The Detailed Program of the Forum, though still tentative, has been uploaded on the ICID website

 

<www.icid.org/detailed_prg_wif.pdf> for easy accessibility. Chairs/ co-chairs and rapporteurs of the sessions; facilitators of Roundtables and Panel discussions have already been contacted and they have been informed about their roles and responsibilities through the ‘guidelines’ available on a Google Drive (GDrive). If you are one of the chairs/co-chairs or rapporteurs of the sessions, or facilitators of the Roundtables and Panel discussions and have not received the required information, please contact Central Office immediately. In this issue you will find the schedule of Side Events as well. As the programs in such large events are likely to get modified, I strongly encourage you to please keep track of the updates on GDrive or website as the case may be.


In this issue of the News UPDATE you will also find the detailed program of the 64th IEC meeting along with the pre-council meetings of the workbodies. Let me remind those who might not have gone through the Consolidated Detailed Agenda

 

<www.icid.org/agenda.html> as yet that the President has convened a short plenary session of the 64th IEC on 1st October, before the start of the workbody meetings on 2nd October. The Annual Report 2012-13 <www.icid.org/ar_e_2012.pdf> that largely provides a detailed overview of the activities carried out since the 63rd IEC, more than 15 months ago, forms an important part of the Action Taken Report that you might like to keep handy.


In our tradition that started with the March 2013 issue, in this edition of the News UPDATE we are introducing the Chinese National Committee of Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID), which in less than 30 years of its membership of ICID has richly contributed to the mission of ICID. The members of CNCID bagging two of the WatSave Awards this year is just an example. Not only by sharing technical experiences but also by financially supporting a number of ICID activities, CNCID has truly lived up to the spirit of the “Year of Water Cooperation 2013”. CNCID’s support to the ICID by fully funding the First World Irrigation and Drainage Prize, 2013 is highly appreciated.


Assuring you of the utmost safety that one can expect anywhere in the world in today’s turbulent times, I look forward to see you in Mardin, the ancient city of peace and tranquillity.


And hey! Don’t forget to pack your notebook/ tablet computers as you are joining the global efforts to reduce carbon footprints of this mega event.
Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, August 2013

 

Dear Colleagues,


“Sustainable intensifica-tion of agriculture,” using lesser water and energy for meeting the increasing demand for agriculture products has been at the centre of most of the efforts made by International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage through its National Committees, supported by activities of its various Working Groups, over the years. The Annual Report 2012-13 highlights the activities of the Commission in this direction while briefly reporting other activities as well.The Annual Report 2012-13 briefly describes what we did, and why we did it, where and how we spent our time and money during the year to move towards our mission. I am sure you will be able to get a glimpse of the accomplishments. You can download the Annual Report 2012-13 from <http://www.icid.org/ar_e_2012.pdf>.


Let me admit to one important aspect that is lacking in this report. And that is, as to what impact did all these efforts make on the ground? As our National Committees have their ears close to the ground, we expect they are in the best position to make such an assessment. With next Annual Report we should consider initiating a common effort to assess the impacts of our activities on the ground through your feedbacks. I therefore dedicate this Annual Report 2012-13 to your efforts to provide us the feedback as to what difference our combined efforts have been making on the ground in your country?


This week we will upload the detailed Agenda for the 64th IEC and its ancillary meetings from 1st to 5th October 2013 in Mardin, Turkey on our website. Some of the most important items that we need to address during the IEC, among others include: consideration of the report of the Special Committee under the chairmanship of PH Peter Lee to suggest changes in the Constitution and By-laws; report of the Task Team on Historical Irrigation Structures; and discussion on the proposed ‘Mentorship Program’ for the young professionals.


In addition, our Technical Working Groups will be carrying forward their respective mandates. I am sure the interaction with various stakeholders during the World Irrigation Forum will help the workbodies to move further towards result oriented strategies in their respective work areas.


Continuing our efforts to minimize the carbon footprints of our meetings, the IEC Agenda is being made available online only. You are advised to please download the Agenda and come prepared for a paperless meeting. That means you may like to bring your laptops with you.The printed Agenda (2 copies for each NC and one copy each to all Office Bearers and direct members) will be posted shortly for your records.


And lastly, about the newly introduced IEC Opening Plenary Session that President would like to initiate this year in Mardin. The members of the workbodies, Office Bearers, members of the National Committees, ICID Direct Members and observers from our partner International Organizations are invited to attend the Opening Plenary Session of the 64th IEC on 1st October 2013. Please see the program inside.


In order to avoid last minute rush and possible disappointment, I urge you to plan your trip at the earliest. I look forward to see you in Mardin.

 

Best wishes,

 

Avinash C Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, July 2013

 

Dear Colleagues,


It gives me great pleasure in reporting to you that the World Irrigation and Drainage Prize that you decided to institute at the 63rd IEC meeting in June 2012 in Adelaide, Australia, has been adjudicated and winner of the First Edition of the Prize is the well-known academician, researcher, engineer Dr Victor A Dukhovny, Director of Scientific Information Centre of Interstate Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia (SIC ICWC). Dr Dukhovny has been selected by a Jury consisting of representatives from IWMI, FAO and ICID and Chaired by PH Peter Lee. I put on record my sincere thanks to the members of the jury who had a tough task at hand given the galaxy of eminent personalities engaged in the sector nominated for the prize. The Prize, which carries a “Citation Plaque” and a cash award of US$ 10000, courtesy CNCID, will be awarded during the Inaugural session of the First World Irrigation Forum on 29th September 2013.


That brings me to the preparations for the First World Irrigation Forum, which I am sure you are eagerly looking forward to. I am happy to report that our Turkish hosts TUCID and DSI are fully prepared to welcome you to the Forum. Some of you have already availed the opportunity of the Early Bird registration. If you have not already registered for the event, I suggest that you register yourself and your team at the earliest. With a very enthusiastic response from international organizations, policy makers, research community, and the industry, and to some lesser degree from the farmers, the Forum provides an excellent opportunity to have discussions that go beyond mono-disciplinary perspectives and cater to the needs of various stakeholders. The International Exhibition and Side Events proposed to be organized by many international organizations provide added attractions. I am sure you will equally enjoy the cultural and Technical Tours that have been arranged.

 

This year, in another initiative to closely involve all our ICID stakeholders, the experts participating in various technical activities in making our meetings more effective and efficient, the President proposes to convene a brief Plenary Session of 64th IEC on 1st October 2013 before the various Working Groups, Task Forces and Committees start their deliberations. Experts, who generally participate in the working group meetings only, along with those representing the NCs, are also invited to the IEC plenary as observers. The IEC Plenary will also provide an opportunity to briefly share the new initiatives with all the experts contributing to the mission of ICID.


Let me take this opportunity to once again seek your feedback and suggestions on various initiatives, activities and services offered during the year. It will help us in shaping the Agenda for the working groups, committees and 64th IEC meeting in Mardin, Turkey.


Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, June 2013

 

Dear Colleagues,


24th June marks the day for the establishment of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. Coming Monday, the 24th June 2013, ICID will be completing 63 years of its establishment. It is important that we keep this day in our remembrance by organizing technical events or Annual meetings around this day. We will be happy to know and share as to how you remembered and celebrated this day.


ICID has come a long way in fulfilling it objectives but still has a long way to go as new challenges to Global Food Security are likely to emerge, reformed and reshaped with time, and the irrigation community will be called upon to tackle these challenges in a more resource constrained world. The opportunity to seek solutions to these challenges will be knocking soon in the form of the First World Irrigation Forum.


Preparations for the First World Irrigation Forum, scheduled from 29 September to 3 October in Mardin, Turkey, are moving on the right trajectory. TUCID, the host organization has been actively working with various sponsors to raise the required resources, to get the side events going, get the technical papers reviewed, rope in the national exhibitors and so on. More details are given inside.


We are thankful to our partners who are enthusiastically working with us for the success of the Forum. So far the response to the Forum from various stakeholders has been great and encouraging. National Committees may like to get their national stakeholders involved and participate in this Forum to broaden their horizon of possible options to the emerging new and local challenges. The second meeting of the Steering Committee for WIF will take stock of the situation in the first week of July 2013. We look forward to your participation and hope you will be able to make up your mind early to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration.


The 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit (2nd APWS) on the theme “Water Security and Water-related Disaster Challenges”, once again has highlighted the looming challenges which the increasing climate variability and climate change pose to the water security and potential for more frequent floods and drought related disasters. President Dr Gao Zhanyi, presented the Irrigation and Drainage perspective at the summit.


ICID is extremely happy to note that 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award is being given to M/s Netafilm, one of the pioneering companies that have supported the irrigation community in better agricultural water management by providing innovative tools for “drip irrigation”. ICID is privileged to have worked with them closely through its Working Group on On-Farm Irrigation Systems (WG-ON-FARM). We congratulate the management and staff of M/s Netafilm on this achievement and wish them well on the journey forward to make the world water secure.


The fact that both the food and water sector have recognized “micro-irrigation” as an important tool to achieve better water security and increased food production with less water, sets a challenge for the irrigation community at large, and the ICID community in particular, to make this tool more widely applicable, even at the smallest of the farms, and ensure its sustainability. It may be recalled that 2012 World Food Prize had been awarded to Dr Daniel Hillel for his work on “micro-irrigation”.


Digitisation along with the broader data transmission band widths are making it possible to digitise and disseminate all kinds of information including engineering drawings. This enables digitization and distribution of historical books, drawings, correspondence and other archive material more easily than ever.


This year Central Office has taken up digitization of all its Congress Transactions, IEC proceedings and other old publications / reports. Efforts have been made to digitize the records in searchable format so that they can be searched and accessed via ICIDs Integrated Library Management System (ILMS). This development will have a significant impact on the research in irrigation and drainage history and benefits beyond those who could not make use of these publications by physically visiting the Central Office technical library. The existing ILMS also incorporates the earlier Text Delivery Services (TDS) provided by ICID since 2000.

 

We look forward to your feedback on the newly introduced ILMS and Members’ exclusive web pages initiated last month.
Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General


 

From News Update, May 2013


Dear Friends,

 

The scale of the global sustainable development challenge is unprecedented. The post-2015 sustainable development goals for a greener growth are nudging the world to focus on the vital challenges of sustainable development. UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in August 2012 is expected to facilitate innovative ways to draw upon worldwide expertise through greater participatory decision making.
As Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute and UN SDSN points out, sustainable agriculture through improved traits, agro-ecology, smart tillage, irrigation, micro dosing and ocean management will play a crucial role in sustainable development.


Irrigation and drainage managers have therefore tremendous responsibility to make agriculture water management that forms one of the main pillars of sustainable development more efficient and environmentally sustainable. At the high level dialogue organized on the occasion of IWMI’s Board meeting in New Delhi earlier this month, Prof Johan Rockstrum underline the importance of recognizing and respecting a set of nine planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come.Two among these nine planetary boundaries are already transgressed.


The upcoming International Day for Biodiversity on 22nd May and the World Day to Combat Desertification on 17th June will provide opportunity to the water managers in general and irrigation managers in particular for further diversify our knowledge on the environmental services.


The challenge for irrigation today is to produce more with less water. An improvement of water use efficiency is therefore expected from the irrigation sector as a small percentage improvement in irrigation water use has the potential to release large quantities of water for other users. This goal can only be achieved through a high level performance and provision of irrigation services.Modernization of irrigation systems is, without doubt, one of the most promising strategies to meet these challenges. Active involvement of those being served in the decision making processes is equally important.


To improve the performance there is a huge need to modernize and rehabilitate the existing irrigation schemes. The 7th International Workshop on “Using 21st Century Technology to Better Manage Irrigation Water Supplies” organised by USCID last month highlighted these issues. It was pointed out that the multiple purposes of irrigation systems must be considered during the planning of modernization of irrigation schemes and new technologies on water management and water conservation have to be adopted with the implementation of modernization of irrigation systems.


In order to get the feedback that is so essential to get the complete buy in from the various stakeholders of irrigation and drainage scheme the First World Irrigation Forum scheduled from 29th Sept to 3rd October 2013 in Mardin, Turkey provides such an opportunity. The recommendations and inputs generated by interactions at the World Irrigation Forums would enable NCs to conceive sustainable solutions as part of their national plans and move towards provision of ‘irrigation services’.


May I take the liberty of reminding you to make use of “Early Bird” registration opportunity till 1st July 2013 and avail the concessional registration fee.


Preparations for WIF1 are in full swing. We are expecting a number of Ministers, President WWC, DG of IWMI, representatives of the Water User Associations from Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey and many other countries. There has been an enthusiastic response to the World Irrigation and Drainage Prize 2013, nominations for which closed on 15th May 2013.
I take this opportunity to welcome our Malawian National Committee (MALCID) to IEC and congratulate them for reactivating the participation of MALCID in ICID. A word of appreciation for SARIA the regional irrigation outfit in Southern Africa will not be out of place for invigorating the NCs in the region.


This month we are introducing a new feature on our website. It is an exclusive section for the members of ICID. You must have received your passwords and explored the features therein. We are looking forward to your suggestions as to what features/documents you would like to see in your exclusive section.


Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General



 

From News Update, April 2013

 

Dear Friends,


Importance of irrigation in agriculture water management, under the increasing climate variability is once again being realized. Every drop of water counts and ICID is committed to ‘more crop per drop’. But sustainable water management with the objective of green agriculture and ensuring food and water security is not about counting drops alone, as each drop of water carries four distinct attributes: the quantity, the quality, the time of its availability at a given place and the potential energy it carries with it. The last attribute underpins the nexus between water, land, food and energy.


Improved efficiency of water use in agriculture, which is the largest user of water, by providing due attention to all the four attributes, has the potential to obviate conflicts between various users and uses. Water use efficiency is one of the major issues within agriculture water management that has eluded a consensus. Answers to what, why and how of water use efficiency depend on a variety of complexly intricate perspectives. The multi-disciplinarinature of the possible solutions requires further research and innovations. VP Laurie Tollefson, chaired a session directed at Research and Innovation for Increasing Water Use Efficiency at the ‘India Water Week 2013’ organized from 08-12 April 2013 at New Delhi, India with “Efficient Water Management: Opportunities and Challenges” as its theme.


Preparations for the First World Irrigation Forum are in full swing. All the authors have been informed of the status of their abstracts and they are now busy preparing full length papers. The last date for submitting ‘short communication’ is drawing closer. The new website www.worldirrigationforum.org for World Irrigation Forum has been commissioned that provides all the latest information. It is time that National Committees take active part in disseminating to all their stakeholders the objectives of the World Irrigation Forums and encourage them to make use of this opportunity to exchange experiences and good practices. May I suggest that all NCs and partner organizations provide a link to the First World Irrigation Forum website from their home pages.


The tentative program for the entire event that includes the World Irrigation Forum from 29th September to 3rd October followed by (and partly overlapping) the meetings associated with 64th International Executive Council meeting on 5th October. Please finalize your itinerary keeping in view the technical tours that follow the IEC meeting. Most important of them, among others, is information regarding registration and logistics. I encourage you to register before 1st July 2013 and avail yourself of the Early Bird benefits.


Last month we introduced an item on our NEWS UPDATE “Know your National Committees”. Continuing the effort further, this month we present the Netherlands National Committee, headed by its new Chair Prof Charlotte Fietures. At the same time, this month we are initiating another new service for our members by creating exclusive ‘Members ONLY pages’ on our web site. Login procedure and related information have been e-mailed to all the members. We seek your feedback as to what all you would like to see in these Members ONLY pages.


Best regards,

 

Avinash C. Tyagi
Secretary General