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Established: 2012-2015


Mandate: (1) To provide overarching lead role on behalf of ICID for inputs to 7th WWF by liaising with: (i) National Committees for required inputs for active participation in the themes of 7th WWF which are of direct relevance to ICID, and (ii) Workbodies on specific subjects related with 7th WWF, (2) To liaise with Korean National Committee (KCID) for preparatory work of 7th WWF; (3) To liaise with 7th WWF Program Committee and other International Bodies, especially FAO, interested to participate in the activities proposed to be organized during the 7th WWF; and (4) To regularly report to the IEC of the developments in the preparatory works leading to 7th WWF and recommend ICID inputs for consideration in the next IEC.


Members: (1) VPH Mr. Shinsuke Ota, Chairman (Japan, 2012); (2) PH Prof. dr. Bart Schultz (The Netherlands, 2012); (3) PH Prof. Dr. Chandra Madramootoo (Canada, 2012); (4) VPH Prof. Kim Tai-Cheol (Korea, 2012); (5) VPH Mr. François Brelle (France, 2012); (6) VPH Karim Shiati (Iran, 2013); (7) Er. Avinash C. Tyagi, Secretary General, ICID - Resource Person.

[ Presentations 2014 ]

  1. Irrigated agriculture and rural development - focusing on Theme 2.1 Water for Food - Prof. Tai Cheol Kim (Korea)

  2. Task Force to Guide ICID Inputs to 7th World Water Forum (TF-WWF7)

  3. Water management and food security faced to climate change challenges: Scenarios and solutions in different regional contexts - Jacques Plantey (France)

  4. Events regarding water-energy-food nexus

  5. World Water System Heritage (WWaSH) - Kazumi Yamaoka (Japan)

  6. Contribution to WWF7 by JNC-ICID and INWEPF - Masao Miyazaki (Japan)

  7. Asia Pacific Regional Process Session 3 Water and Food Security - Thierry Facon (FAO)

(TF-WWF7 | AGENDA (Previous) | MINUTES (Previous) )


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 [ Download Food Security by Optimal Use of Water - Synthesis of Theme 2.2 of WWF6 (2.62 MB pdf) ]



ICID at World Water Forum 7
12-18 April 2015, Daegu and Gyeongbuk, South Korea

While irrigation is essential for global food security, sustainability and to address climatic challenges, water use for crop production, the largest source of freshwater withdrawals, is often inefficient, can reduce surface water flows, generate water degradation and pollution, deplete groundwater resources, reduce environmentally important wet-lands and cause salinization of agricultural lands in dry climates. As such agriculture’s current water use is often un-sustainable. Many large-scale canal irrigation schemes are under-performing providing unreliable water services. To address these issues and bring perspectives from other stakeholders, ICID together with KCID organized various events including the thematic session 2.3.1 on “Modernization of irrigation schemes”.



At the 7th World Water Forum held in Daegu and Gyeongbuk, South Korea from 13-18 April 2015, ICID worked together with FAO and other partners to develop sessions as part of around Theme 2.1, Water for Food, the Thematic Process to discuss current and potential progress in six key focus areas. These six key focus areas considered central for improved water use for the sustainable produc-tion of crops, livestock, and fish are: Best available technology to make efficient use of water in agriculture; Water quality management for agriculture and environment; Modernization of irrigation schemes; Adaptation to changing environmental circumstances to increase sustainability; Increasing farmers' capacities in water use for agriculture; and Governance and policies to manage transitions in water use for agriculture”. VPH Dr S. Ota, as convener of the ICID Task force established for participation in WWF7, assisted by JNCID, coordinated these activities successfully.

ICID together with KCID organized thematic session 2.1.3 on Modernization of irrigation / drainage schemes for food security, rural prosperity and poverty alleviation. This key focus area relates to the importance of irrigated agriculture for current and future food production. Modernization of irrigation schemes is essential to sustain and enhance productivity of irrigated agriculture under the limited water resource availability.

The thematic session was supported by a side event on “Ensuring Sustainability of Irrigation Structures after Transfer to Water User Organizations (WUOs)” which was organized by TUCID where President ICID delivered the Keynote address. The efforts of various National Committees in this area were demonstrated through a poster session wherein more than 20 NCs presented their efforts in improving their interaction with various stakeholders. The poster session was inaugurated by President Dr Saeed Nairizi in the presence of more than 15 past and present office bearers of ICID, President Dr Nairizi also participated in a high level panel discussions on “How can we achieve a water and food secure future?” organized by FAO on 14th April 2015. AEFID working together with IWHR has developed a compendium on Water Quality standards, which was presented in a session Strategies and Planning for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Development: Laying Down the Foundation for our Future.

As part of the Implementation Roadmap adopted at the 7th WWF, ICID has committed to work to-wards implementing modernization for large scale irrigation schemes by 2030. The focus will be on infrastructure development and upgrading, service provision and improvement with proper water management techniques, institutional arrangements and reform and organizational management, duly factoring the multiple use of water.

ICID has committed that in October 2015, at ICID’s 66th International Executive Council (IEC) meeting in France, a technical Working Group on “Modernization and Revitalization of Irrigation Schemes” would be holding its first meeting and incorporate the elements of the Implementation Roadmap as committed by ICID in their work plan. In November 2016, on the occasion of 2nd World Irrigation Forum (WIF) in Thailand, a symposium on irrigation modernization will be organized in collaboration with other international organi-zations.

Further in October 2017, on the occasion of ICID 23rd Congress in Mexico, standards and codes of practice associ-ated with irrigation design, installation and evaluation would be reviewed to ensure that these address socio-economic and environmental effects. During the Congress ICID will disseminate a report on Modernization irrigation/drainage for a new Green Revolution. An appeal on needs for modernization of irrigation system to policy-makers and decision-makers in governments, private sectors and international financial institutions will be formulated to be delivered as inputs to the 8th WWF in Brasilia in 2018.

Prior to the WWF7, President Dr Nairizi and Secretary General Er Avinash Tyagi also participated in the 53rd meet-ing of the Board of Governors of World Water Council on 11th April 2015, in Beyongbuk. President and Secretary General also held bilateral discussions with a number of NC representatives, which were present in fairly good num-ber.