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Today, agriculture consumes 70 percent of all global water withdrawn for consumptive use, up to 95 percent in several arid and semi-arid countries.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 Chairman 
VPH Adama Sangare Mali Vice Chairman 
Mr. Mortaza Yazdekhasti - Young Professional Iran Secretary 
Ir. Felipe Dantas Australia Provisional Member
Ms.  Jianxin Mu China  
Dr Ray Shyan Wu Chinese Taipei  
VPH  M. Hassan Amer  Egypt  
Eng (Ms.) Hala Ramadan El-Sayed Ismail Egypt  
Dr Mohamed El-Hagarey Egypt  
Dr. P. Soman – Direct Member, Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (JISL) India  
Mr. Abijit Joshi – Direct Member, JISL India  
Prof.  Michele Perniola Italy  
Dr. Tasuku Kato Japan  
Prof. (Ms.) Kyung-Sook Choi Korea, Rep. of  
Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed Sheikh Pakistan  
Dr. Joe Stevens South Africa  
Eng. S. Mohanarajah Sri Lanka  
Mr. Yalçin Dalgin Turkey  
Isomiddin Akramov Uzbekistan Provisional Member
20 Mr. S.P. Jadhav – Direct Member, JISL India  
21 IWMI Representative- Mr. Ian W. Makin  UK  
FAO Representative- (Ms. Robina Wahaj)    


< Scoping Document >


1. Water use efficiency: Benefits flow from SA water innovation to irrigation schemes

2. Water Saving in Irrigated Agriculture in Egypt (Case Studies and Lessons Learned) by Er. Mohamed Hassan Amer, Er. Sayed Ahmed Abd El Hafez, and Mohamed Bakr Abd El Ghany


Links < South African Water Research Commission (WRC) > < Water Administration System (WAS) >



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