Improving water efficiency is the imminent challenge faced in agriculture today. There is a need to innovate and change existing water policies, management practices and new water-saving techniques. A holistic approach involving all the stakeholders like farmers, corporates, government and civil society organisations is required to increase water productivity. Recognizing this need, ICID constituted WatSave Annual Award(s) in 1997 to identify and promote exceptional water conservation/saving practices in agriculture. They are presented every year to individuals or a team of individuals after evaluating actual realized savings; and not promising research results, plans or good ideas/intentions to save water.
The award consists of an honorarium of US$ 2000 and a citation plague. The WatSave Awards are presented during the Annual ICID Executive Council Meeting (IEC). An autonomous international panel of judges adjudges the winners every year.
WatSave Award has been categorised in four categories.
- Technology Award: It is presented to recognise the best technological applications or projects developed; which has been successful in saving water and/or recovering wastewaters/low-quality waters.
- Young Professionals Award: It is presented to recognize young professionals (below 40 years) contributing in original research and innovative water-saving techniques leading towards sustainability.
- Innovative Water Management Award: It is presented to recognize non-technological interventions, innovative land and water management practices and policy interventions helping in increasing water availability for different uses. It aims to identify new policies/approaches for water-saving leading to the cost-effective and beneficial use of water.
- Farmer Award: It is presented to farmer or farmer(s) who has successfully developed or implemented water-efficient farming techniques in the farms as well as the community.
The nominations are received through the automated online form submission system (https://icidevents.org/awards), which is announced at the beginning of every calendar year. ICID’s National Committees need to endorse their countries respective applications. The entries are open to all professionals/teams from ICID member countries as well as non-member countries. In case of entries from ‘nonmember’ countries, the nominations have to be routed through and validated by an active National Committee of ICID. Such National Committee should be aware of the nominee's to support the nomination.
Nominations are open for 2020 and the deadline for submission is 31st July 2020.
Winners of WatSave Awards 2019
1. Technology Award: Mr. TIAN Fuqiang (China)
For his work on "Water and Salt Regulation Scheme Under Mulched Drip Irrigation for Cotton in Arid Regions". Mulched Drip Irrigation (MDI), a surface drip irrigation method combined with a film of both saving water and labour and increasing crop yields.
2. Innovative Water Management Award: Mr. James Winter and Mr. Tony Quigley (Australia)
For their work on "Trangie-Nevertire Renewal: An Irrigation Infrastructure Modernisation Success Story" Transfer/sale of water to the Australian Government in return for funding to totally modernize the irrigation infrastructure of the Trangie-Nevertire Co-operative Ltd both off and on-farm.
3. Young Professionals Award: Mr. Ali Mahdavi Mazdeh; Mr. Mohammad Bijankhan; Mrs. Narges Mehri; Mr. Hadi Ramezani Etedali and Mrs. Fatemeh Tayebi (Iran)
For their work on "Applications of Constant Flow Rate Control Valve in Water Saving". MCOP includes a float-spring blockage system inserted into an ordinary orifice that maintains a quasi-constant flow by being insensitive to both upstream and downstream pressure fluctuations.
4. Farmers Award: Mr. Karan Jeet Singh Chatha (India)
For his work on "Water Conservation by use of Sprinkler & Drip Technologies in Paddy Crop". Motivated the farmers towards Micro Irrigation Technology for Paddy crop and provided land for irrigation demonstration using solar panels. Practiced and promoted community-based water-saving irrigation practices.
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Mr. Karan Jeet Singh Chatha (India)
For their work on "Water Conservation by use of Sprinkler & Drip Technologies in Paddy Crop"In July 2017, this project was initiated on a demonstration plot of the land of Karan Jeet Singh Chatha (Haryana-India). Idea was to motivate the farmers towards Micro Irrigation Technology for Paddy crop on experimental basis.
Mr. James Winter and Mr. Tony Quigley (Australia)
For their work on "Trangie-Nevertire Renewal : An Irrigation Infrastructure Modernisation Success Story"Transfer/sale of water to the Australian Government in return for funding to totally modernize the irrigation infrastructure of the Trangie-Nevertire Co-operative Ltd both off and on farm.
Dr. TIAN Fuqiang (China)
For their work on "Water and Salt Regulation Scheme Under Mulched Drip Irrigation for Cotton in Arid Regions "Mulched Drip Irrigation (MDI), a surface drip irrigation method combined with film of both saving water and labour and increasing crop yields
Mr. Mohammad Bijankhan, Mr. Ali Mahdavi Mazdeh, Mr. Hadi Ramezani Etedali, Mrs. Fatemeh Tayebi and Mrs. Narges Mehri (Iran)
For their work on "Applications of constant flow rate control valve in water saving"Mechanical Choked Orifice Plate (MCOP) is a discharge control valve. MCOP includes a float-spring blockage system inserted into an ordinary orifice that maintains a quasi-constant flow by being insensitive to both upstream and downstream pressure fluctuations.
Mr. Arvind Narayanrao Nalkande
|Rainwater conservation through natural cracks in deep black soils|
Mr. Jerry Erstrom
|The Willow Creek Piping Project|
Bhagwan M. Kapse
|Group Farming and Micro Irrigation a Way to Prosperity|
Mr. Chandra Shekhar H. Bhadsavle, Mr. Changdev K. Nirguda and Mr. Anil D. Nivalkar
|Sanguna Rice Technique ? Zero Till, Conservation Agriculture|
Dr. Vijay Sharad Deshmukh
|Effective Water Management through Farmer?s Cooperative Interventions|
Innovative Water Management Awards+
Prof. Wu Xijin
|Development of Water Saving Irrigation Technique On Large Paddy Rice Area in Guangxi Region of China|
Eng. Hussein El-Atfy
|Modified Drainage System for Rice Growing Areas : A Tool for Water Saving|
Dr. Francisco del Amor Garcia
|Modernization Plan of Mula Traditional Irrigations|
Prof. Gu Yuping
|Water-Saving Irrigation Practice in China - Demands, Technical System, Current Situation,?Development Objective, And Countermeasures|
Dr. Mahmoud Moustafa
|Spatio-Drainage Approach: A Tool for Proper Management, Accurate Design and Cost Effective?Subsurface Drainage Projects and Water Saving|
Dr. Muhammad Akram Kahlown
|Comprehensive approach in water resources management such as Irrigation, Drainage, On-Farm Water Management, Water Quality, Groundwater Modeling, Contaminant Transport|
Er. Suresh. V. Sodal
|An initiative towards saving of water and sustainable Irrigation Management in Maharashtra State, India|
Prof. Li Daixin
|Innovative Water Saving Technologies in China|
Dr. Nico Benad?
|Water Administration System (WAS)|
Dr. Abraham Singels
|Provision of Irrigation Scheduling Advice to Small Scale Sugarcane Farmers Using a Web Based Crop Model and Cellular Technology: A South African Case Study|
Dr. Yousri Ibrahim Atta
|Innovative Method for Rice Irrigation with High Potential of Water Saving|
Messrs Shahaji Manikrao Somawanshi, Bharat Kawale and Sanjay Madhukar Belsare
|Transformation of irrigation through management transfer|
Mr. Kobus Harbron
|Water distribution management at the Vaalharts irrigation scheme|
Prof. Dr. Subhash Madhawrao Taley
|Participatory Rainwater Conservation of Rainfed Agriculture of Vidarbha Region (Maharashtra), India|
Mr. Peter McCamish
|Integrated water recovery provides regional growth?for Northern Victoria, Australia|
Mr. Zhang Xuehui
|Jiamakou Irrigation Scheme (JIS), China|
Dr.Yosri Ibrahim Mohamed Atta
|Improving growth, Yield and Water Productivity of some Maize Cultivars by new planting Method|
Prof. Samiha Ouda and Prof. Abd-El-Hafeez-Zohry
|Crop Rotation: An Approach to Save Irrigation Water under Water Scarcity in Egypt|
Mr. Va-Son Boonkird and Dr. Watchara Suiadee
|Innovation, Implementation and Extension of the Water Saving Integrated Smart Farming ? AWDI Technique in Thailand|
Prof. Wang Aiguo
|Promoting water saving interventions in large irrigation systems|
Mr. Richard Phillips
|Alberta Irrigation Management Model (AIMM), a Decision Support System to assist irrigation producers better manage their irrigation water application efficiency and optimize crop production|
Prof. Mao Zhi
|Water Efficient Irrigation and Environmentally Sustainable Irrigated Rice Production in China|
Prof. Tai Cheol Kim
|Rotational irrigation scheduling in rice paddy with the operation rule curve of irrigation reservoir|
Mr. Robert E. Merry
|Dripping with success- The Challenges of an Irrigation Redevelopment Project|
Dr. Richard John Stirzaker
|Wetting Front Detector: A New Tool to Help Farmers Save Water [ Winner of the People's Choice Award for the best presentation at Irrigation Australia Conference ]|
Mr. Omar Redjepow
|Efficient Water and Resource-saving Technique of Soils Pre-sowing Treatment Under Winter Wheat Cultivation Conditions|
Prof. Kang Shaozhong
|Contributions and Achievements to Water-savings in Agriculture|
Messrs Werner and Herbert Arns
|Growing Rice with Pivots ? A Step Towards Water Conservation|
Dr. Yella Reddy, Mr. Satyanarayana and Mrs.G Andal
|?Micro Irrigation ? A Technology for Prosperity|
Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad
|Wheat Bed Planter|
Dr. Keith Weatherhead, Mr. Melvyn Kay and Dr. Jerry Knox
|Irrigation water security: promoting on-farm reservoirs in the UK|
Messrs Pieter S van Heerden and Charles T Crosby
|SAPWAT 3: Irrigation Water Planning Tool|
Prof. Peng Shizhang
|Theory and technology of controlled irrigation of rice in China|
Prof. Yi Yongqing
|Thin and exposed irrigation|
Er. Jeff Shaw and Todd Kotey
|Benefits of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District?s Pilot Pressure Irrigation Project|
Mr. Li Xinjian
|Water Saving, Pollution Prevention and Emission Reduction of Paddy Rice|
Prof. Li Jiusheng
|Innovation and Extension of Sprinkler and Micro Irrigation Technologies in China|
Mr. Chris Norman and Mr. Carl Walters
|Developing ?Water Savings Calculator? for estimating water savings|
Mr. John Hornbuckle, Mr. Jamie Vleeshouwer and Ms. Janelle Montgomery
|IrriSAT, a weather-based irrigation management and benchmarking technology app providing site-specific crop water management information across large spatial scales at fine resolution using remote sensing|
Young Professional Awards+
Dr. Gao Zhanyi
|Decision-Making Support System for Irrigation Water management of Jingtai Chuan Pumping Irrigation?Scheme at the Upper Reaches of Yellow River|
Er. Sanjay M. Belsare
|Participatory Irrigation Management in Katepurna Irrigation Project : A Success Story|
Dr. Ashutosh Upadhyaya
|A Scientific Approach for Water Management in Rice Fields|
Mr. Tony L. Wahl
|Contribution in the field of flow measurement, canal system modernization and operations improvements, debris and fish screening at irrigation diversions, hydrology, and improved hydraulic laboratory techniques|
Dr. Juan Antonio Rodriguez Diaz
|IGRA: An Approach for the Application of the Benchmarking Initiative to Irrigation Areas|
Dr. Mohamed Maher Mohamed Ibrahim
|Computer-Aided Mapping Irrigation Scheduling for Arab Republic of Egypt|
Ms. Neelam Patel
|Micro Irrigation ? A technology to save water|
Dr. Amgad Elmahdi
|Water Banking ? Conjunctive Water Use Management Approach for Water Saving and Improve Productivity and Environmental Performance|
Dr. Malcolm Gillies
|Development and application of innovative and advanced simulation tools for the evaluation and optimization of surface irrigation systems|
Dr Mohamed Elsayed Abdell Rahman Albaumy Elhagarey
|Save Irrigation Water Using the Innovative Machine of Soil and Water Management for Rice Crop Cultivation (SWMR)|
Mr. Mahdi Sarai Tabrizi
|Saving Water up to 10% Using the Proposed Micro-Lysimeter|
Amirali Fatahi; Fatemah Sadat Mortazavizadeh
|Significant savings in irrigation water by adding fuel from livestock wastes to agricultural land|