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ICID's 70th Anniversary Celebration



ICID's 70th Anniversary Celebration


The 70th anniversary of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) is an opportunity to look back on the past activities and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the ICID – and various stakeholders of the irrigation and drainage sector as a whole – needs to come together to promote sustainable management of water for agriculture worldwide.


I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy and prosperous new year. May this year bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations on your life. Wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness.


It is slightly more than a year since we adopted our “Vision 2030: A Water Security and Sustainable Rural Development”, and action plan for the Vision 2030. All the members of ICID have to build momentum towards fulfilling our objectives in time.


I am proud to be part of an international organization with a history of nearly seven decades. ICID will start its 70th Anniversary celebration from 24 June 2019 and conclude at the 24th ICID Congress and 71st IEC Meeting, 22-28 September, 2020, Sydney, Australia. During this period, it has been decided to bring out a Coffee table book with visually appealing records of achievements in irrigation and drainage set in your country with highlights of the operations of each of National Committee, historical background of establishment of ICID and its early years.  National Committees are requested to organize commemorative functions in their respective countries for improving the awareness about ICID. YPs are tasked with celebrations and preparation of audio-visual material about ICID which can be presented in the 24th ICID Congress. WGs are requested to write their own histories and achievements. Special publications on the appropriate subjects in their operative sphere can also be planned for target release during the 24th ICID Congress.


To enrich the contents of the book, I request you to take necessary action at your end based on the template provided supplied by ICID Central Office. The contributions cover message from dignitaries (President/ Prime Minister/ Minister); Country information to accommodate in two pages; Good quality photographs of irrigation projects of national importance, Dams, etc.; Photographs of past events, Office Bearers, Recognitions – Awards, Stamps, Certificates, History of irrigation in your country with supporting pictures, etc.


I take this opportunity to request you all to organize events during this period and inform us to enable us to disseminate the outcomes on ICID channels.


ICID Central Office have established dedicated social media platforms to project the celebration, which includes:

Also planning to release a video film to highlight the importance of ICID and need for investing for a better tomorrow. For this activity, I request all our NCs/Members to send us suitable video films related to your country’s growth in I&D sector.


I take this opportunity to request you to organize events during this year and inform us to disseminate the outcomes on ICID and other channels.


Thank you and looking forward to your active participation


Ashwin B. Pandya

Secretary General




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