During the Opening Ceremony of WIF2, H.E. General Chatchai Sarikulya, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand; H.E. Tian Xuebin, Vice Minister of Ministry of Water Resources, China; and President Dr. Saeed Nairizi presented the World Irrigation and Drainage Prize, 2016 to Prof. Bart Schultz (The Netherlands) for his sustained, long standing and highly committed work to irrigation and drainage sector worldwide through education, research, planning and international project implementation. The WID prize comprised of a cash award of US$ 10,000, citation and a trophy.
The 3rd World Irrigation and Drainage Prize will be announced during the 3rd World Irrigation Forum (WIF3) in Indonesia, 2019.
Second World Irrigation and Drainage Prize, 2016
Em. Prof. Dr. Ir. Bart Schultz
Emeritus Professor of Land and Water Development, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands (since May 2012)
Former Top Advisor, Rijkswaterstaat, Civil Engineering Division, Utrecht, the Netherlands (since October 2009)
Prof. Schultz graduated from the Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands. He also obtained his PhD degree here on the topic ‘Water Management of the drained lakes in the Netherlands’. His career includes more than 40 years of research, advising and project implementation in the field of land and water development, drainage, irrigation, flood management and environmental engineering.
The first part of his career he worked as head of the Water Management Division in the IJsselmeerpolders Development Authority. In addition to his part time appointment at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education he was until December 2009 top advisor in Rijkswaterstaat, Civil Engineering Division. In this capacity he was, among others, responsible for environmental impact studies on major hydraulic works, as well as for advice, design and implementation of large scale environmental engineering projects.
At UNESCO-IHE, Prof. Schultz was responsible for education and research in Land and Water Development. Under his guidance about 200 overseas participants obtained their Master of Engineering degree (MEng), 190 participants their Master of Science degree (MSc) and 21 participants their PhD degree.
From September 1999 to July 2002 he was President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID).
He is author of more than 300 papers in the field of land reclamation, drainage, irrigation and flood management and editor of several proceedings of National and International Conferences. He is chairman of the Editorial Board of the ISI Science Journals Citation Index listed journal Irrigation and Drainage.
During his career he visited about 35 countries to: (i) participate in international research; (ii) appraise, evaluate, or advice in projects; (iii) teach in the fields of land reclamation, drainage, irrigation and flood protection projects.
He is a member of the International Water Academy, Oslo, Norway and the winner of the 2nd World Irrigation and Drainage Prize.
Prof. Schultz received the 2nd World Irrigation and Drainage Prize during the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd World Irrigation Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 6 November 2016.
World Irrigation and Drainage Prize is instituted by ICID to recognise the contribution of individuals and institutions promoting sustainable irrigation and enhanced agriculture production around the world. The Jury for the Second Edition of the Prize was chaired by President Honoraire Dr. Chandra Moodrmooto, with members drawn from FAO, DWFI and ICID.
World Irrigation and Drainage Prize, 2013
Call for Nominations
ICID invites nominations for the ‘World Irrigation and Drainage Prize 2016’ (WID Prize) instituted to recognize the contributions made by an individual or an institution promoting sustainable irrigation and enhanced agriculture production around the world. The WID Prize, a unique award instituted by ICID, is awarded to recognise the work of dedicated professionals and institutions who have actively contributed to the development of irrigation and drainage during the past 15 years. The award is conferred upon an individual, a group of individuals or an institution without any discrimination whatsoever on the grounds of nationality, religion, race, gender, age or political belief.
The Prize including a cash award of US$10,000 and a ‘Citation Plaque’ citing the meritorious achievements of the winner will be awarded during the 2nd World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) scheduled from 6-12 November 2016 at Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Nominations are invited for the 2nd WID Prize from National Committees of ICID; Governments of ICID Member countries; International organizations and Non-governmental organizations / institution maintaining formal relations with ICID, especially those concerned with Irrigation and Drainage. Nominations must be submitted latest by 30 June 2016.
The candidates nominated for this prize shall have made exceptionally significant contribution through innovations in the field of irrigation and drainage by way of (a) research, (b) management, (c) technical services, (d) advocacy, (e) operationalization of innovations and (f) sensitization of decision makers and public; resulting in increased agriculture production, at national, regional and/or international level.
The prize winner(s) would be encouraged to give an acceptance speech/lecture on the subject relevant to the work for which the Prize is awarded.
1st World Irrigation and Drainage Prize