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Eng. Felix Britz Reinders

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President Er. Felix to Deliver Keynote Speech at Abu Dhabi
29-30 September 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE


ICID President Eng. Felix Reinders has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Conference on ‘Future Drainage and Storm Water Networks’ at Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates 29-30 September 2019. The presentation of President Felix will focus on ‘A water secure world free of poverty and hunger: Challenges of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.’

The other speakers listed for the conference include ICID Secretary General Er. Ashwin B Pandya and ICID Executive Director Er. Harish Kumar Varma.

The conference is being organizedunder the patronage of Urban Planning and Municipalities, Abu Dhabi City Municipality and will be presided over by Eng. Eisa Mubarak Ali Al Mazrouie, Executive Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Assets - Abu Dhabi City Municipality. The conference will consist of elaborate discussions on the UAE Government’s efforts to:

  • Integrate the latest technologies, including Big Data Analytics and IoT to its infrastructure
  • Reduce flooding risk through stormwater management and urban drainage strategies
  • Adequately control and replenish Abu Dhabi’s groundwater levels
  • Maintain and upgrade the existing drain networks on Abu Dhabi island and suburbs
  • Find non-traditional methods of draining stormwater, especially in remote areas,
  • Empowering the private sector, through Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) to develop sustainable infrastructure that can make use of the ponds created by the collection of excess water

The conference will be attended by key Government Stakeholders, Real Estate Developers, Design & Engineering Consultants and International Associations and Academia, among others.


For more details, please visit http://www.abudhabidrainageandstormwater.com/

Saudi Arabia Waste Water Treatment Plant Visit

After the 5th Annual Conference on Future Drainage and Stormwater Networks at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 2019, the participants were taken out on a field visit to Saudi Arabia Waste Water Treatment facilities. The field trip was organized by Saudi Irrigation Organization leading to the interaction between ICID officials and Saudi Arabian government officials engaged in water treatment in the country. The participants were also offered an opportunity to witness the extensive use of treated water in irrigation for paddy and dates cultivation.



First International Young Professionals Training Program (YP-TP),

22-26 April 2019, Korea

ICID in association with the Korean National Committee (KCID) and the Chinese National Committee (CNCID), organized a five-day International Young Professionals Training Programme (YP-TP) to hone the skills of the budding young professionals on the theme “Climate Resilient Smart Irrigation Systems” from 22-26 April 2019 at the Rural Community International Education and Exchange Center (RC-IEEC) in Republic of South Korea.


The inaugural session held on 22 April 2019 began with a welcome address by Mr. Kim In Sik, Chairman, Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID) and CEO, Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC) who gave a brief introduction about ICID and its endeavour to promote capacity development program to attract young minds to agricultural water management sector by organizing training programs for YPs internationally. President Felix Reinders, in his keynote address, expressed his jubilation to welcome participants from different countries, especially young professionals as they are the future leaders in irrigation and drainage. Secretary General A.B Pandya gave an overview of the young professionals training program and an introductory presentation on the knowledge management portal (closing ceremony). Er. Harish Varma, Executive Director gave a brief presentation on ICID activities and various initiatives undertaken for capacity development of young professionals. [More ...]



Webinar on Trends in Sustainable Agriculture, 19 March 2019


Science Talks – An Educational Webinar Series for Journalists



Science Talks is an educational webinar series for journalists presented by Wiley in partnership with the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) and theAssociation of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). These complimentary, one-hour sessions are hosted by The Wiley Network to provide journalists with on-going training in science topics of particular global importance.


The next webinar, Science Talkswith the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage: Trends in Sustainable Agriculture for Science Reporters, will take place on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 11:00 am ET. In this session, What Journalists Should Know About Sustainable Agriculture, media will learn:

  • How sustainable agriculture practices work to protect our environment and improve soil fertility
  • Which countries or regions have more success with sustainable agriculture initiatives 
  • How researchers, journalists and the public can influence governmental policy related to sustainable agriculture
  • The latest research findings that mitigate the impact of agriculture production on our environment 
  • Which sources of information are most reliable for journalists reporting on sustainable agriculture



9th International Micro Irrigation Conference held in Aurangabad, India, 16-18 January 2019

The 9th International Micro Irrigation Conference was organized by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD&GR), Government of India in association with ICID, Indian National Committee on Surface Water (INCSW) and WAPCOS Limited from 16-18 January 2019 in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India.

‘Micro Irrigation in Modern Agriculture,’ the theme of the conference aimed to share experiences in the use of new technologies and best management practices in drip, micro-sprinkler and other localized irrigation systems with sub-themes focusing on (i) Design, Innovations, and New Techniques for increased Crop Productivity; (ii) Micro-irrigation funding and Government support; (iii) Micro Irrigation for ‘Cluster Level Farming and Small farm holders’; and (iv) Operation and Maintenance Services and Capacity Development for the Micro-Irrigation Systems.
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Mr. Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the event as the chief guest and was presided by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Devendra Fadnavis. Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Mr. Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Arjun Ram Meghwal, and Ministers from several state governments also presided as the guest of honour during the event.

Hon'ble Minister Dr. Mahendra Reddy (Ministry of Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and Waterways and Environment, Government of Fiji) graced the occasion as a Special Invitee. Mr. U.P. Singh, Secretary, MoWR, RD&GR, Govt. of India); Mr. S. Masood Hussain, Chairman, (INCSW, Central Water Commission); Er. Felix B. Reinders, President and Er. A.B. Pandya, Secretary General from ICID were also present during the conference.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gadkari stated that micro irrigation is a game changer in agricultural development. He termed the replacement of the Canal system by pipe system as a revolutionary move and emphasized that the Central government is taking several new initiatives for water conservation. Mr. Gadkari said it is time to think of change in crop pattern considering the availability of water and further emphasized on new technology, new innovation and new research for agricultural sector which will help in increasing productivity.For more information, please visit: http://www.icid.org/9th_microirri.html



1st International Conference on Sustainable Water Management held in Mohali, India, 10-12 December 2018

In order to promote sustainable policies for water management, the first International Conference on Sustainable Water Management was held in Mohali, Punjab, India from 10-12 December 2018. The conference was organised by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) under the aegis of the National Hydrology Project of the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

The three-day conference aimed to foster participation and dialogue between various stakeholders, including governments, scientific and academic communities in order to promote sustainable policies for water management, and to create awareness of water-related problems, motivate commitment at the highest level for their solution and promote better management of water resources at local, regional, national and international levels.

The inaugural session of the conference was attended by Himachal Pradesh Governor H.E. Acharya Devvrat, who was the Chief Guest of the event and Mr. U.P. Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation as the Guest of Honour.

Mr. D.K. Sharma, Chairman, BBMB welcomed the Governor and addressed the audience that currently we are facing acute stress on our water resources due to population growth, economic expansion, urbanization, pollution and climate change effects. He hoped that the conference would provide an interactive platform for brainstorming and sharing path breaking ideas and case studies in respect of flood and drought management, hydrology, environmental flows, inter-basin water transfer, climate change and storage projects.

H.E. Acharya Devvrat said that increasing water pollution and declining ground water level has emerged as the biggest problem today. He expressed that understanding the naturally-evolving water enhancement system and developing an action plan accordingly was the need of the hour. H.E. Devvrat stressed to invest more in water recycling and rain water harvesting and emphasized that over utilization of irrigation water in agriculture could be checked by natural farming. He congratulated BBMB, Ministry of Water Resources, Central Water Commission, Central Board of Irrigation & Power and the World Bank for organizing a conference on the critical issue of sustainable water management. The Governor also inaugurated an exhibition showcasing the latest products and services.

During his inaugural speech inaugural, Mr. U.P Singh, Secretary emphasized on the demand side of management of water resources and climate change due to over exploitation of natural resources. He stated that while the demand for freshwater is increasing with the growing population, the decreasing amount of supply is failing to meet the needs of the people. However, this can be reversed if nations and their citizens start integrating water-efficient practices into their daily routine.

To address pressing issues regarding sustainable management of water resources. President Felix Reinders and Secretary General A.B Pandya from ICID also spoke on the occasion. President Reinders emphasized that sustainable development would not be achieved without a water secure world and a water secure world integrates a concern for the intrinsic value of water with a concern for its use for human survival and well-being. A water secure world reduces poverty, advances education and increases living standards, he added.

SG Pandya in his presentation on “Setting up water strategy for India” stated that adopting sustainable water management practices is significant for the entire world, especially for India, in order to build a water secure future. He said that water security also means addressing environmental protection

and the negative effects of poor management. He added that it also concerned with ending fragmented responsibility for water and integrating water resources management across all sectors such as finance, planning, agriculture, energy, tourism, industry, education and health.

The conference witnessed participation of around 400 delegates and a number of experts from reputed organisations from India and other countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Spain, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Canada, Germany and Sri Lanka. As a way forward, the conference reiterated that adopting sustainable water management practices is significant for the entire world, especially for India, in order to build a water secure future.


President Reinders visits ICID Central Office, 13 December 2018

President Felix B. Reinders visited ICID Central Office on 13 December 2018 and was received with a warm welcome from the ICID staff. He held a brief interaction with SG Pandya and other ICID officials including Executive Director Harish Varma, Dr. Sahdev Singh, Dir-KM, Mr. Madhu Mohanan, Communication Officer and Dr. Vijay Labhsetwar. At the outset, SG Pandya welcomed President Reinders and introduced the Central Office team. President Reinders was in India to attend the first International Conference on Sustainable Water Management held in Mohali, Punjab. He shared his experiences about the conference which he felt was extremely relevant today especially in the light of global climate change and how the conference theme dealt with promoting integrated, sustainable development and management of water resources. Later he shared his experiences of visiting the farmers’ fields in Ludhiana, Punjab that gave him a glimpse of the archetypal idyllic scenery of rural India representing their plain existence and simple thinking.

He shared his experiences of interaction with the farmers and added that the use of pesticides, seepage of chemically affected and polluted water in ground water and crop residue burning were important areas of concern. Besides this, the excessive use of groundwater for agriculture has also caused a strain on the resource. He suggested reducing our dependency on ground water sources and investing more in water recycling and rainwater harvesting. President Reinders explained that we must also develop crop rotation techniques to improve the soil structure and enhance water holding capacity of the soil.

SG Pandya apprised President Reinders about the major ICID events including the 9th International Micro Irrigation Conference (9IMIC) in Aurangabad, India (16-18 January 2019) and the Third World Irrigation Forum (WIF3) and 70th IEC Meeting in Bali Indonesia (1-7 September 2019). He added that activities were also streamlined and in full swing to celebrate the 70th ICID Foundation Day. SG Pandya invited President to be a part of 9IMIC that would provide an excellent opportunity to engage with other stakeholders and to showcase how ICID could contribute towards the theme of micro irrigation in modern agriculture. President Reinders gladly reciprocated to the invitation and assured his full support and active participation during the conference.


Global Water Security Conference for Agriculture and Natural Resources, 3-6 October 2018, Hyderabad, India

In a bid to discuss present and future water security problems, the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) in collaboration with the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) organized the Global Water Security Conference (GWSC) for Agriculture and Natural Resources from 3-6 October 2018 in Hyderabad, India. ICID played a catalytic role in the conference from the very beginning during its planning stage and ICID President Felix B. Reinders was invited as a Keynote Speaker.

The three-day conference aimed to bring together renowned experts including researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, policy makers and farmers on a common platform to find solutions to problems plaguing the irrigated agriculture in time of depleting freshwater resources as a result of competing demands and climate change.

Delivering the welcome address on day one, Dr. Indrajeet Chaubey, Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture Purdue University and conference Co-chair stated that the conference would explore transdisciplinary solutions to achieve water security from farm to global scales and encourage discussions on successful examples of water security innovations.

ICID, which contributed as a technical partner in the conference, discussed the current and future water security problems through presentations and as session Co-chair. President Felix Reinders in his keynote address on 5 October 2018 gave a presentation on “A Water Secure World Free of Poverty and Hunger: Challenges of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus” and drew the audience attention to find solutions, methodologies and technologies to address the need for increasing the food supply. He urged all to be prepared for the challenge that lies ahead and to ensure that there is enough water and food for the 9+ billion people that will be living on this planet in the next 30-40 years to come. He accentuated that ICID is actively promoting the solutions related to all water issues be it at the on-farm level, regional level or flood and drainage.


8th Asian Regional Conference 2018, 2-4 May, Kathmandu, Nepal 2018


The 8th Asian Regional Conference (ARC) on the theme “Irrigation in Support of an Evergreen Revolution” was successfully held from 2-4 May 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Nepal National Committee of ICID (NENCID) hosted the event in collaboration with Department of Irrigation (DoI), the Government of Nepal and other international and national partners.


The conference witnessed participation of renowned professionals from USAID, World Bank, IWMI, ICIMOD, FMIST, ADB, ICE WaRM and other reputed organizations to deliberate on various issues to steer region’s irrigation and drainage into the 21st century. The inaugural ceremony was held on 2 May 2018 in the benign presence of Hon'ble Bidya Devi Bhandari, President, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal as the chief guest and graced by Barsaman Pun, Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (Nepal), ICID President Felix B. Reinders and Secretary General A. B. Pandya.

During the conference, President Reinders expressed his pleasure to welcome participants from different countries, especially the young professionals as they are the future leaders in irrigation and drainage. He appreciated NENCID for organizing and making the conference a memorable event and urged everyone present to share the rich knowledge, great learning experiences and memories derived during the conference back home.

Secretary General Pandya highlighted the dynamic role of the conference in bringing forth the key water issues pertaining to water security, on-farm application and participatory approach and believed that Nepal could go a long way in developing its irrigation to bring in overall development and become a cradle for rural development.

The event witnessed the launch of Technical Report of the Asian Regional Working Group (ASRWG) titled "Contribution of Agriculture Water to the Rural Development in Asia". The publication provided an overview of the status of knowledge and policies related to the relevant issues in Asia and to serve its objective in guiding the National Committees and others on meaningful contribution towards sustainable management of agricultural water for rural development. The technical report compiled by the specialists and professionals from the participating countries will serve as a framework for both policymakers and stakeholders.
The three-day conference covered the following sub-themes:

  • Enabling smallholders’ capacity to obviate farm distress
  • Coping with recurring droughts and floods in the context of climate change
  • Modernizing irrigation systems for better services
  • Nexus challenges faced by Irrigation Institutions
  • Strengthening Water Users Institutions (WUIs) for sustainability of irrigation systems
  • Irrigation, ecosystem services, and aquatic biodiversity

The sub-themes aimed to address the challenges to increase agriculture productivity. Since majority of the population in Asia still live in rural areas, experts participating in the event from the region and beyond discussed and deliberated ways to contribute to a new evergreen revolution and to increase the productivity of irrigation to produce adequate food, fibre and fuel to satiate the needs of future’s population.


The conference covered 15 technical sessions with six plenary symposiums, opening and closing sessions. Symposia related to the sub-themes were organized by USAID, IWMI, ICIMOD, ICEWaRM, FMIST and the World Bank. Additionally, several technical papers (105) were presented and enriching discussions were held on various aspects of the theme. During the conference, abstract papers were distributed to the participants in the form of a booklet.


For more information, please visit: http://www.icid.org/8th_arc.html


Training of Young Asian Professionals, 9-13 April 2018, China



ICID in association with the Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID) and support from the Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID) organized a five-day YP training program to hone the skills of the budding young professionals on the theme “Performance Assessment of Irrigation Systems” from 9-13 April 2018 at China Hall of Science and Technology in Beijing, China.


The training program mainly focused on the physical, institutional, organizational and participatory management aspects of the irrigation systems and was attended by 19 participants from 14 countries namely, Australia, India, Iran, Iraq, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Korea, Indonesia, Myanmar and Iran.


On 13 April 2018, a joint field visit of trainees and workshop participants was organized to Dayu Group of Companies to see their plant manufacturing drip and sprinkler irrigation equipment and later to physical modelling and experimental station of Institute of Water and Hydro-power Research (IWHR), China. YPs got an opportunity to broaden their understanding on various topics by international speakers, who shared their experiences on the subject such as the need for a framework, performance indicators, techniques and tools for performance assessment, modernization, and management of irrigation systems.


The inaugural session held on 9 April 2018 began with a welcome address by Prof. Wang Aiguo and Mr. Li Ge, Secretary General Pandya gave a brief introduction about ICID and its endeavour to promote capacity development program to attract young minds to AWM sector by organizing training programs for YPs regionally. Er. Harish Varma, Executive Director, ICID gave an overview of the training program and followed it with an introductory presentation on the concept of ‘modernization.’ The program covered topics such as need for and framework of performance assessment of irrigation and drainage systems; modernization approach and overview; techniques and tools for performance assessment; Rapid appraisal procedure, MASSCOTE and MASSMUS approach; strategies of rehabilitation and modernisation of irrigation systems including structural, non-structural and management interventions in modernization of irrigation systems; and measurement devices, canal lining, water management practices, etc.


Experiences from South Africa (President Reinders), China (PH Dr. Gao Zhanyi) and India (SG Pandya) for performance improvement and modernization of irrigation systems were shared with the participants. Mr. Amit Parashar, Principal Research Consultant, CSIRO Land and Water gave a presentation to the participants on ‘Basin Futures: Supporting water planning in data sparse basins- Australia.’ In their feedback, participants from various countries appreciated the exposure they received during the training as it armed them with the latest techniques and gave them the insight and skills to further improvise.



ICID partakes at 8th World Water Forum 2018, 18-23 March 2018 in Brasilia, Brazil


The 8th World Water Forum- the world’s largest water event- was successfully held from 18-23 March 2018 in Brasilia, Brazil with over 8,000 participants and 40,000 visitors from around the world. More than 10 Heads of State, including the President of Brazil, H.E. Michel Temer, President of Hungary, H.E. János Áder, President of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall, South Korean Prime Minister H.E. Lee Nak-yeon, alongside CEOs of fortune 500 companies, among many others attended the mega event to participate in high-level panel meetings and several sessions to discuss the future of water security for the next three years.


Organized by the World Water Council (WWC) the opening ceremony was attended by high-level international authorities, and the event had the participation of representatives of important international bodies- the United Nations and its agencies, European Union, World Bank, IDB, Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), OECD among others.


With more than 200 sessions, thousands of attendees came together to find solutions to the world’s impending water crisis, which had "Sharing Water" as its overarching theme. The wide-ranging discussions during the Forum invoked the notion that sharing water requires appropriate cooperation mechanisms to build a world of peace and stability around the shared basins and aquifers thereby seeking cooperation and the exchange of experiences and good practices for a conscious and rational water use.


Held in the southern hemisphere for the first time, the event witnessed ICID participation through various technical sessions, meetings, side events and was represented by President Felix B. Reinders, Secretary General A.B Pandya, National Committee members, and several other stakeholders.


At the closing ceremony of the WWF8, Senegal received the flag of the WWC as the host country of the 9th World Water Forum to be held in 2021 on the theme ‘Water security for peace and development’.


World Water System Heritage (WSH) Recognition

An exclusive Award ceremony jointly organized by ICID and WWC to recognize three water management systems selected under the World Water System Heritage (WSH) program was held during the opening ceremony on 19 March 2018 at the WWC Pavilion. The recognized systems selected by the International Panel of Judges include: (i) The Genbegawa Irrigation Canal System, Japan; (ii) Sekikawa Suikei Land Improvement District, Japan; and (iii) Sheikh-Bahaei Water Allocation Scroll, Iran. Citation Plaque and Certificate were presented to the representatives by Prof. Benedito Braga, President, WWC and President Reinders, ICID. The WSH Program aims at identifying and preserving the people-centred water management systems, organizations, regimes and rules as intangible water heritage considered as outstanding value to humanity and giving them recognition.



Seventh International Conference and Exhibition on
Water Resources and Renewable Energy Development in Asia

13-15 March 2018, Danang, Vietnam

ASIA 2018, the Seventh International Conference and Exhibition on Water Resources and Renewable Energy Development in Asia was held from 13-15 March 2018 at the Ariyana Convention Centre (ACC) and Furama Resort, Danang, Vietnam organized by Aqua-Media International. The event was attended by more than 550 participants, representing 45 countries. Experts from a wide range of disciplines, including earthquake engineering, dam safety, project finance, legal aspects, large and small hydropower, cross-border collaboration, pumped storage and environmental management, met to exchange experience over three days.






Recognizing that Asia is the region of the world with numerous programmes on water resources and hydro development, the three-day event provided a platform to international experts from wide range of disciplines, including earthquake engineering, dam safety, project finance, large and small hydropower etc, to focus on issues of direct relevance to the region and enable practical exchange of expertise and experiences.

ICID being one of the supporters of the event was represented by President Felix Reinders. In his opening address, he emphasized on global issues of water stress, highlighting that by 2030, two-thirds of the world population would be suffering from water shortages. President Reinders referred to the fact that in some developing countries a large proportion of the population had more cell phones than taps, and stressed the need for different sectors associated with water resources to work together to increase universal access to water. He outlined ICID's mission and strategy that included the achievement of its 'Vision 2030: A water secure world free of poverty and hunger.'

The plenary opening ceremony featured national overviews of development potential and keynote addresses; parallel sessions included paper presentations and panel discussions. Side events provided extra opportunities for training, capacity building and business networking. Additionally, various events for the participants were also organized such as Pre-Conference Workshops, Post-conference study tours, half-day cultural excursion, social programme, technical exhibitions and accompanying persons' program. A post-conference and study tour report will also be later made available.





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