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WORKING GROUP ON ENVIRONMENT (WG-ENV)

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

 

Mandate:

  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
1
VP Prof. dr. (Ms.) Charlotte de Fraiture, The Netherlands (2015) Chair (2016)
2
Prof. N. Hatcho  Japan (2008) Vice Chair (2011)
3
Dr. Sylvain Perret  France (2010) Secretary (2016)
4
Prof. Yih-Chi Tan  Chinese Taipei -2008
5
Mr. Mohammad Kazem Siahi  Iran -2008
6
Dr. Choi, Joong-Dae  Korea -2008
7
Mr. V.C. Ballard  Australia -2010
8
Mr. Ahmed Mohammad Aziz  Iraq -2011
9
Dr. Aynur Fayrap  Turkey -2012
10
Ir. Mohd Azmi Ismail  Malaysia -2013
11
Dr. Muhammad Basharat Chaudhry  Pakistan -2015
12
Dr. Fuqiang Tian   China -2015
13
Dr. (Ms.) Seija Virtanen   Finland -2015
14
Mr. Mohammad Samiul Ahsan Talucder (Direct Member)  Bangladesh -2015
15
Dr. Yury Anatolyevich Mozhaiskii Russia -2016
16
Dr. (Ms.) Bai Jing (Young Professional) China Provisional Member (2016)
17
Mr. H.K. Meena India Provisional Member (2016)
18
Eng. (Ms.) P.M. Jayadeera  Sri Lanka Provisional Member (2016)
19
Mr. Ahmed Kamil Hassani (Young Professional)  Iraq Provisional Member (2016)
20
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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