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WG-ENVEnvironmental sustainability is a moving target which evolves as the knowledge of nature increases. There was a time when environment just meant surroundings. It was used to describe the physical world surrounding us including soil, rocks, water and air. Gradually it was realized that the enormous variety of plants, animals and micro-organisms on this earth, including human beings are an integral part of the environment. More recently, it is further recognized that all types of social, cultural and technological activities carried out by human beings also have a profound influence on various components of the environment.


The three pillars of ‘Green Revolution’, - high yielding varieties, chemical inputs like fertilizer and pesticides, and irrigation – have had a definite positive outcome in terms of increased food production, which obviated hunger in many parts of the world. But it also had negative impacts on the environment. Similarly, for years, groundwater has served as the resource for supplemental and intensive irrigation. However, in many basins worldwide groundwater is now mined rapidly and quality is deteriorating. The way water in general and water for agriculture in particular is managed, has harmed the environment in a variety of ways: groundwater depletion; land degradation and contamination of water; depletion of forest resources; and loss of ecosystem services and biodiversity. ICID has long been concerned with the environmental impacts of irrigation and has been addressing the issues from time to time. The Working Group on Environment (WG-ENV) provides guidance on the environmental aspects of drainage and irrigation to policy makers, planners, designers, and managers including its effects on climate and human health. The Group aims at the management of sustainable environment, maximizing positive and minimizing adverse effects of irrigation and drainage systems.


*Re-estd: 2015



  1. To provide guidance to policy makers, planners, designers, and managers in the irrigation and drainage sector on the following environmental aspects of irrigation and drainage systems:

  2. (i) physical,

    (ii) chemical,

    (iii) ecological,

    (iv) socio-economic, and

    (v) cultural.

  3. To address concerns to the effects on local, regional and global common goods, such as climate, biodiversity and human health.

  4. To work towards the management of a sustainable environment, through adapted practices, adequate policies and institutions, maximizing positive and minimizing adverse effects of irrigation and drainage systems.

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Name Country Membership
VP Prof. dr. (Ms.) Charlotte de Fraiture, The Netherlands (2015) Chair (2016)
Prof. N. Hatcho  Japan (2008) Vice Chair (2011)
Dr. Sylvain Perret  France (2010) Secretary (2016)
Prof. Yih-Chi Tan  Chinese Taipei -2008
Mr. Mohammad Kazem Siahi  Iran -2008
Dr. Choi, Joong-Dae  Korea -2008
Mr. V.C. Ballard  Australia -2010
Mr. Ahmed Mohammad Aziz  Iraq -2011
Dr. Aynur Fayrap  Turkey -2012
Ir. Mohd Azmi Ismail  Malaysia -2013
Dr. Muhammad Basharat Chaudhry  Pakistan -2015
Dr. Fuqiang Tian   China -2015
Dr. (Ms.) Seija Virtanen   Finland -2015
Mr. Mohammad Samiul Ahsan Talucder (Direct Member)  Bangladesh -2015
Dr. Yury Anatolyevich Mozhaiskii Russia -2016
Dr. (Ms.) Bai Jing (Young Professional) China Provisional Member (2016)
Mr. H.K. Meena India Provisional Member (2016)
Eng. (Ms.) P.M. Jayadeera  Sri Lanka Provisional Member (2016)
Mr. Ahmed Kamil Hassani (Young Professional)  Iraq Provisional Member (2016)
Mr. Usamah Hashim Witwit  Iraq Provisional Member (2016)


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Work Team on Environmental Impacts of Reclamation Projects (1986) Renamed Working Group on Environmental Impacts of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control Projects (WG-ENV) (1986).  WG on Environmental Impacts of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control Projects (1986-2008) changed its name WG on Environment (2008-2015) and *re-constituted WG on Environment in 2015 with a new mandate.





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