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Today, agriculture consumes 70 percent of all global water withdrawn for consumptive use, up to 95 percent in several arid and semi-arid countries. In fact, irrigated agriculture has played a major role in the development of rural economies, supporting economic growth and poverty reduction. The irrigation water, passing from its source to the field and then finally consume by crops, has been through many links, including water resources allocation, conveyance, distribution, irrigation, soil evaporation and plant transpiration, etc. So, corresponding measures should be taken at each of these links. In order to reflect the essence of water-saving irrigation in a comprehensive and objective way and make the issue less complicated, the irrigation water consumption, irrigation water using efficiency, and engineering and technical requirements, etc. have been selected as the key criteria on water saving in irrigated land.

There is a vast range of techniques and technologies available for minimizing water losses and maximizing water saving in agriculture and efficient use of irrigation water, ranging from simple tubes for field water application to sophisticated canal automation and telemetry. Water saving practices in irrigated agriculture can be categorized as engineering, management, technology, technique, policies and institutional. The success of these parameters depends on the level of their integration and socio-economic dimensions of a given locality. The modern irrigation knows how to use less water to produce more agriculture products.


Esttablished: 2015


Scope: The working group discussed the scoping document during the meeting which was accepted in general however some new idea emerged which WG decided to consider in the work plan. WG recommended the following mandate:

  1. water accounting and irrigation auditing (and other ancillary uses);

  2. irrigation water measuring devices;

  3. assessment of water loss in various components of irrigation systems;

  4. various methods and techniques used for water saving in irrigation;

  5. policies and strategies for irrigation water saving;

  6. charging for Irrigation Services;

  7. success stories and best management practices in water saving;

  8. tools and processes applied in irrigation water saving;

  9. outreach of water saving technologies; and

  10. WatSave Awards.

Sl. No.
Name Country Membership
Mr. Mehrzad Ehsani  Iran Chair (2015)
VPH Adama Sangare  Mali Vice Chair  (2015)
Mr. Mortaza Yazdekhasti (Young Professional) Iran Secretary (2016)
Prof. (Ms.) Kyung-Sook Choi  Korea (2015)
VPH M. Hassan Amer   Egypt (2015)
Dr. Hassan Aboalbasher Ali  Sudan (2015)
Dr. P. Soman (Direct Member), JISL  India (2015)
Dr. Joe Stevens  South Africa  (2016)
Ms.  Jianxin Mu China (2016)
Mr. Kamal Kumar Jangid India Provisional Member (2016)
Mr. Yalçin Dalgin Turkey Provisional Member (2016)
Mr. Dhuha Mahmood Hussein  Iraq Provisional Member (2016)
Mr. Mohammed Alaa Dheyaa (Young Professional) Iraq Provisional Member (2016)
Mr. S.P. Jadhav (Direct Member), JISL  India Observer (2015)
Eng. S. Mohanarajah  Sri Lanka Follow up with NC (2015)
Mr. Abijit Joshi (Direct Member), JISL  India Follow up with JISL (2015)
IWMI Representative- Mr. Ian W. Makin  UK Permanent Observer (2015)
FAO Representative- (Ms. Robina Wahaj) Permanent Observer 


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