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Aral Sea BasinThe principal goal of the new Working Group on Irrigation and Drainage in States with Transition Economy is to facilitate a single platform of National Committees of ICID that belong to States characterized by transition economy, in overcoming certain mutual problems in Irrigation and Drainage.


It is well known that after the splitting up of former USSR States that were included in Warsaw collaboration or Soviet Union went through very difficult times to overcome the problems connected with changing economic, political and social situation, especially in rural area during the past two decades. These are characterized by some common features such as:

  1. reduced size and direction of government subsidy to agriculture, water management, irrigation and drainage;
  2. lack of investment not only in development of Irrigation and Drainage, but also in sustainability of these networks; and
  3. lack of States’ attention to Irrigation and Drainage.

As result, in all these States, one can recognize that there is a:

  1. reduction of irrigated area (it was 12 Mha or 5% of global irrigated area)
  2. significant loss of organizations responsible for supporting infrastructure of irrigation and capacity building in water management
  3. failure of Irrigation and Drainage science; an
  4. lack of interest of young professional in Irrigation and Drainage.

The WG-IDSST aims to promote innovative approaches and necessary instruments to provide sustainable irrigation and drainage management within IWRM plans and RD projects in the countries of transition.


Estd : 2009


Mandate: (1) to develop and strengthen the network among the countries of transition; (2) to organize monitoring and evaluation of common problems in the States that belong to transition economy; (3) to create database and exchange of information about changing situation in Irrigation and Drainage in these States and to attract global and national attention to existing trends affecting global and national food security and wellbeing of rural population; (4) to summarize the xperiences in overcoming negative tendencies in organizing public-private partnerships, implementation of IWRM and broad-basing of stakeholder; (5) to monitor the ecological situation in the transition states, including problems of closed basin (Aral Sea, Caspian Sea), salinization and water logging, etc.; (6) development of appropriate advance irrigation and drainage technology in transition states and its dissemination through capacity building; (7) to promote farmer’s training to create wareness about irrigated and drainage agriculture

Sl. No.
Name Country Membership
VPH Peter Kovalenko Ukraine Chair (2009)
VPH Prof. Victor A. Dukhovny Uzbekistan Vice Chairman 
Dr. Shukhrat Mukhamedjanov Uzbekistan Secretary
Dr. Rajinder Kumar Gupta - Direct Member  India  
Dr. Katsuyuki Shimizu  Japan  
Engr. Peter Yakube Manjuk Nigeria  
Dr. Alexander Solovyev Russia  
Eng. W.B. Palugaswewa Sri Lanka Provisional Member
Mr. Baratov Rustam Okilovich Tajikistan  

Report presented at Chiang Mai, thailand, 2016


Presentations made at Gwangju, September 2014

Reports presented at Gwangju, September 2014

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Special Work Team on Aral Sea Basin (ST-ARAL) renamed as Working Group on Irrigation and Drainage in States with Transition Economy (WG-IDST) at 60th IEC, 2009, New Delhi, India




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