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WORKING GROUP ON HISTORY OF IRRIGATION, DRAINAGE AND FLOOD CONTROL (WG-HIST)

History of IrrigationFuture is often the reflection of the past. The rapid changes that are taking place around the world over a few decades have, however, cautioned us to learn from it. One can learn by studying the past processes, the causes of successes and failures, despite new complexities.

 

Working Group on History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control (WG-HIST) has worked over the years to motivate ICID National Committees in various countries to set up their national working groups and provide guidance to compile, publish, update and/or translate documents on history of irrigation, drainage, flood management, and river engineering, incorporating relevant agricultural, political, socio-economic, climatologic and geographic aspects for proper understanding of the technological developments. The WG has brought out many outstanding publications and presently exploring the possibility of compiling a book on “Water Sustainability through History”. The Group also organizes a History Seminar at the time of ICID Congresses, on regular basis.

 

Estd : 1998

 

Mandate: To motivate ICID National Committees in various countries to set up their National Working Groups and provide them guidance to compile, publish, update and/or translate documents on history of irrigation, drainage, flood management and river engineering, incorporating relevant agricultural, political, socio-economic, climatological and geographical aspects for proper understanding of the technological developments in the subject, if possible chronologically. Furthermore, to organize seminars at ICID Congresses, in order to show the importance of historical studies and as to how they help when planning for the new projects.

 

The WG will also focus on governance, institutions and management issues of irrigation and drainage systems, sustainable development and integrated water management in rural areas.

Sl. No.
Name Country Membership
1
Dr. Kamran Emami Iran Chair  (2009)
2
Prof. Dr. N. Hatcho  Japan (1996) 
3
Mrs. Xuming Tan  China (1997) 
4
VPH Laszlo Hayde  Hungary (2001) 
5
VPH Hafied A. Gany  Indonesia (2005) 
6
Mr. Charles L. Abernethy  UK (2005) 
7
Prof. Jaekyoung Noh  Korea (2014) 
8
VPH Chaiwat Prechawit  Thailand (2014) 
9
Engr. Sirika Ahmad Abubakar  Nigeria (2014) 
10
Mr. Antonio Linoli  Italy (2014) 
11
VPH Gerhard Backeberg  South Africa (2015) 
12
Prof. Dr. Abdul Sattar Shakir  Pakistan (2015) 
13
Dr. Ing. Klaus Rottcher  Germany Observer (2006)
14
Dr. (Mrs.) B. Dolfing  The Netherlands Permanent Observer
15
IWHA representative - Dr. Ir. M. Ertsen  The Netherlands Permanent Observer

 

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WG-HIST Website

Publications:

 

Historical Dams (Editor : H. Fahlbusch)
Danube Valley - History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control (Editors-in-Chief : G. Cseko, L. Hayde)
The Indus Basin - History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Management (Editors : H. Fahlbusch, Bart Schultz, C.D. Thatte)

 

Committee on assembling irrigation efficiency data (1974-1978) Constituted as Committee on History of Irrigation (1978)

Renamed as Committee on History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control (C-HIST) in the year 1998 and again renamed as Working Group on History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control (WG-HIST) in the year 2000

 

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