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Er. A.B. Pandya

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News Update Editorial by Secretary General




From News Update, March 2018


Dear Colleagues,

Unfortunately, this message has to begin with a sad note that our Vice President Hon. Dr. Brane Ivan Maticic is no more among us. However, we can be sure that his tireless contributions to the professional field of irrigation and drainage through ICID over several years will continue to guide us towards a path of sustainable water use in agriculture, a very prominent overarching theme in the upcoming World Water Forum 8 (WWF8) at Brasilia, Brazil this month.

ICID members and partners are all geared up for an active participation in various technical and thematic sessions of WWF8. Frequent incidences of water scarcity are raising awareness not only about an urgent need for water accounting for better management of this finite and increasingly unpredictable resource in both spatial and temporal dimensions, but also on several other related issues such as role of technology for efficiency, resource conservation, multi-stakeholder dialogues, and so on. Cape Town scare has already rung the alarming bells and just glancing through digital media confirms that Cape Town may not be alone. Let us hope WWF8 raises the pitch and results in more action at the ground globally.

I would again like to highlight the special WWC-ICID session on Water Systems Heritage in which the three recognized systems will be given Citation Plaques and Certificates. Such systems reflect ancient water wisdom around us and there are uncountable examples around the world that we would like to recognize and share among all the stakeholders. So, I urge all the NCs to look around and nominate these hidden treasures of water knowledge.

On a parting note, all I would like to say is that both ICID President and myself eagerly look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in Brazil.


Best Wishes


Ashwin B. Pandya
Secretary General



From News Update, February 2018


Dear Colleagues,


It gives me great pleasure in informing you that ICID is gearing up for the first major international event of 2018. The 8th edition of the World Water Forum (WWF8) which will take place from 18-23 March in Brasilia, Brazil. The Forum will hold more than 200 sessions and debates about themes related to water. ICID President, myself and several delegations of our member national committees will take part in this important event to highlight the issues related to irrigation and drainage.

One of the highlight of WWF8 is ICID and WWC will jointly recognize three World Water Systems of historical significance as World Water Systems Heritage (WSH). The systems have been selected by an international panel of judges from a total of eight nominations received from various countries. Citation plaques and certificates will be presented in an exclusive session on World Water Systems. Water systems have a long and almost indefinite life, if they are maintained and manged well. Keeping in mind our limited working life spans, the well adopted management systems make impact across multiple generations of the beneficiaries. WSH celebrates this permanence of thoughts and concepts. I urge all National Committees (NCs) to send in nominations for this recognition of time-tested water governance systems as well as for WatSave Awards and Historical Irrigation Structures (HIS).

Being a member of the International Steering Committee of WASAG – The Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture – ICID will participate in an FAO-led session on water scarcity in agriculture and discuss ways to ensure future food security in an uncertain climate. WASAG serves as a collaborative platform for all in supporting countries and stakeholders in their commitments and plans related to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Water management forms the core of sustenance. Being a dynamic resource, the management is a continuous exercise. Simultaneously, being a temporally random resource, management policies have to evolve almost constantly. We need to keep on building our knowledge base in order to leverage our past experiences into forming proactive policies for future sustainability. Therefore, ICID continues to play a key role through landmark events on water with the help of our NCs and Working Groups. We would like to expand our reach further and further.

ICID recognizes the centrality of the role of the Young Professionals in our activities as well as water sector, and accordingly ICID Young Professionals e-Forum (IYPeF) has kick started the year 2018 with a wide range of discussions on technical issues related to water management in agriculture. The outcomes of these deliberations will be made available through various ICID communication outlets.

We are also witnessing an improved cooperation among the various NCs which is a good sign. On the parting note, I am happy to report that Vietnam and Georgia have become the newest members of ICID family. More the merrier!

With Best Wishes,

Ashwin B. Pandya
Secretary General


From News Update, January 2018

Dear Colleagues,


As I make my debut to the world of Irrigation and Drainage as Secretary General of ICID, I convey my best wishes to all for the New Year 2018. I will strive towards a better informed and more developed community of irrigation and drainage professionals in years to come. Let us begin our journey together.

Water, a life-critical finite resource, is being consumed increasingly with various competing demands. At the same time irrigation being the largest consumer of water is coming under increasing pressure with other sectors demanding a greater consumption from its existing share.

A holistic management strategy is needed for the purpose. While this is the case with the countries with substantial urban and industrial base, many countries are struggling with making enough resources available for bringing up their societies to kickstart the socio-economic development process.

The irrigation development has to address the twin issues of managing, maintaining and improving their irrigation facilities in an enhanced manner for generating inter-sectoral adjustments and the development of new facilities providing cover to virgin areas which have seen little or no engineered irrigation due to lack of development.

Managing and improving irrigation infrastructure is an ongoing process requiring specific solutions suiting the problems encountered. Large number of innovative technologies and solutions are available in the specific areas of application which may overlap or leave out some space when a new approach/solution is needed to be developed.

Modern management technologies with remote data collection and asset management are making great strides in this direction and irrigation professionals need to leverage them to their best advantage.

New areas coming under irrigation need a lot of capacity building for absorption of new concepts in their psyche to migrate from a water insecure area to one with greater security. The leap from no technology to a sophisticated state- of-the-art solution becomes quite great at times often leading to the collapse of a newly implemented system. Breaking up of the solution in a set of easily absorbable steps is an exercise which has to be planned with great care keeping the status of society.

Irrigation systems not only bring prosperity but also new power structures and inter-linkages amongst the members of the beneficiary community. The social change also needs to be managed smoothly for achieving the desired results of a well and evenly developed society.

Thus, as I look at the vast challenges and scope available for the work in the sector at the inception of my tenure at ICID, the cooperation of the irrigation and drainage community in the working of the organization becomes more valuable.

I am happy to inform you the launch of the e-Discussion on 'Use of Groundwater for Sustainable Agriculture' on our ICID Young Professional e-Forum (IYPeF). Members are requested to encourage young professionals to participate actively in these discussions . Also a good number of virtual meetings as planned during the 68th IEC are also in pipeline.

New initiatives taken in the field of knowledge management and capacity building are close to our hearts towards making our contribution to the development of the sector and thereby a more equitable and stable water availability regime. Our detailed thoughts on plans for future of the sector have been collated in our ICID Vision 2030 document. I would urge the community to study them for adopting the appropriate goals.

With Best Wishes

Ashwin B. Pandya
Secretary General





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