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The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) was established on 24 June, 1950 as a Scientific, Technical and Voluntary Not-for-profit Non-Governmental International Organization (NGO) with headquarters in New Delhi, India.

The Commission is dedicated to enhancing the worldwide supply of food and fibre for all people by improving water and land management and the productivity of irrigated and drained lands through appropriate management of water, environment and application of irrigation, drainage and flood management techniques. [For more information contact http://www.icid.org]




Message from Chairman

Dr. Kamran Emami In the long history of mankind, the 21st century would be very distinct from the other centuries and may be considered as the most challenging era for humanity. In this context, ensuring sustainability of water systems in changing and unknown circumstances is one of the most crucial challenges.

The development of societies in the last 5,000 years is closely connected with water management problems that have shaped the relevant society and its structures. In the course of the centuries, systems and methods worked out under these conditions have conclusively demonstrated their sustainability. Today, the knowledge and structural remains of these methods are not only interesting archaeologically and historically, but can also help solve current problems.

In view of Data, Information, Knowledge, Intelligence and Wisdom hierarchy studied in knowledge management, the water wisdom of the past which was achieved in a period of hundreds of years, can be regarded as a unique and irreplaceable gift from our ancestors to our generation.

Estd : 1998
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Mandate: To motivate ICID National Committees in various countries to set up their National Working Groups and provide them guidance to compile, publish, update and/or translate documents on history of irrigation, drainage, flood management and river engineering, incorporating relevant agricultural, political, socio-economic, climatological and geographical aspects for proper understanding of the technological developments in the subject, if possible chronologically. Furthermore, to organize seminars at ICID Congresses, in order to show the importance of historical studies and as to how they help when planning for the new projects.

The WG will also focus on governance, institutions and management issues of irrigation and drainage systems, sustainable development and integrated water management in rural areas.

Sl. No.
Name Country Membership
Dr. Kamran Emami Iran Chair  (2009)
Prof. Dr. N. Hatcho  Japan (1996) 
Mrs. Xuming Tan  China (1997) 
VPH Laszlo Hayde  Hungary (2001) 
VPH Hafied A. Gany  Indonesia (2005) 
Mr. Charles L. Abernethy  UK (2005) 
Prof. Jaekyoung Noh  Korea (2014) 
VPH Chaiwat Prechawit  Thailand (2014) 
Engr. Sirika Ahmad Abubakar  Nigeria (2014) 
Mr. Antonio Linoli  Italy (2014) 
VPH Gerhard Backeberg  South Africa (2015) 
Prof. Dr. Abdul Sattar Shakir  Pakistan (2015) 
Dr. Ing. Klaus Rottcher  Germany Observer (2006)
Dr. (Mrs.) B. Dolfing  The Netherlands Permanent Observer
IWHA representative - Dr. Ir. M. Ertsen  The Netherlands Permanent Observer

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