ICID Congress

ICID has been organizing its flagship triennial event International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage since 1951. The ICID triennial Congresses are organized to discuss and evaluate the upcoming and dynamic changes within the water sector in the entire world. In the face of global warming, changing climatic conditions, exploding population, increasing demand, and ever-changing technological advancements, ICID Congresses aims to deliberate and develop solutions for the concurrent challenges in this sector. Considering the multi-disciplinary nature of issues, the congresses address the bigger concerns faced by the global population in terms of water-food security, water-saving and the availability of water for everyone.

Dear Colleagues,

Irrigation Australia has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation around COVID-19 in line with Australian Government advice that events with more than 100 people are restricted for six months. There is also a possibility that further restrictions are likely therefore a decision has been made to postpone the Irrigation Australia Conference & Exhibition combined with the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage 24th Congress & 71st International Executive Council Meeting in September 2020.

New dates have been secured with the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) to hold the event over the following dates:

6-8 July 2021 – Irrigation Australia Conference & Exhibition

6-12 July 2021 – Irrigation & Drainage 24th Congress & 72nd International Executive Council Meeting

Website: http://www.icid2021.com.au/

Thank you to all our sponsors, exhibitors, delegates and abstract submitters who have supported the Congress to date. We will be in touch shortly to provide details about maintaining your involvement in 2021. 

Over the coming months new details will be released and the team will be working hard to ensure the meeting in 2021 will be the largest international irrigation event held in the southern hemisphere.

Kind Regards,

Bryan Ward
Chief Executive Officer
Irrigation Australia Ltd

Every third year, from the emerging global trends, two Questions or thematic areas are identified, on which papers are presented, a Special Session, Symposium, and History Seminar is organized and showcased on our global platform. Participation is usually open to all National Committees and their members; to the nationals of member countries; other qualified international organizations; and, some of the invitees from non-member countries.  The technical proceedings of the Congresses are compiled in the form of Transactions which are considered to be an authoritative guide and reference volume to researchers and professionals across the world, including farmers at grassroots levels. 

The 1st ICID Congress was held in 1951 in Delhi.  So far, ICID has held 23 Triennial Congresses, the most recent one being, the – 23rd  ICID Congress held in Mexico City in the month of October 2017. The list of questions addressed by Congress clearly indicates a progressive shift from purely technical questions to multi-sectoral concerns of sustainability, water accounting, and global water and food security issues.

For example, questions for the second Congress (1954) were related to problems of freeboard in irrigation canals, the maintenance of irrigation canals with special reference to weed control and safe yields and recharge of groundwater, followed by questions on economics and financing of irrigation and flood control works and rehabilitation and modernization of irrigation and drainage systems at the – 5th  Congress in1963. 15th  Congress at Hague in 1993 discussed the Water management and institutional aspects while the 18th  Congress held in 2003 at Montreal, Canada, initiated the discussions on food production under water scarcity, poverty alleviation and environmental challenges figured in the deliberations. Over the last few years, the focus has shifted to multi-sectoral debates like the Roles of public and private sectors in water resources development and management and sustainable Integrated Water Resource Management as discussed at the 20th International Congress held at Lahore, Pakistan in 2008 to the more recent questions of Climate Change Adaptation as discussed at 22nd ICID Congress, held at Republic of Korea in 2014. 

23rd ICID Congress - Opening CeremonyThe opening ceremony of the 23rd ICID Congress and 68th IEC Meeting was inaugurated on 9 October 2017 by the Mexican President H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto in the presence of Mexico City Mayor H.E. Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa; Mr. Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, Director General, CONAGUA; Mr. Guang Zhe Chen Sr. Director, World Bank; Dr. Olcay Unver, Dy. Director, Land & Water Division, FAO; Mr. Tony Slatyer, Special Adviser, Australia; President Dr. Saeed Nairizi; and Secretary General Avinash C. Tyagi.

Mexican President H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated the 23rd ICID Congress and the 68th IEC Meeting on 9 October 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico in the benign presence of President Dr. Saeed Nairizi; Mexico City Mayor H.E. Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa; Mr. Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, Director General, CONAGUA; Mr. Guangzhe Chen Sr. Director, World Bank; Dr. Olcay Unver, Dy. Director, Land & Water Division, FAO; Mr. Tony Slatyer, Special Adviser on Water for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;, ICID; and Secretary General Avinash C. Tyagi, ICID. The dignitaries on the dais showed their solidarity to the people of Mexico, in the wake of the recent earthquake that rocked Central Mexico. Dr. Nairizi presented the Heritage Irrigation Structure (HIS) Citation Plaques - “LA BOQUILLA DAM” and “LA CHINAMPA” to H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto for their inclusion in the ICID Register of Heritage Irrigation Structures 2017. The 23rd ICID Congress was hosted by the Mexican Committee of ICID (MXCID).

Report of the 23rd ICID CongressReport of the 23rd International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage, Mexico City, Mexico, 2017.

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forthcoming event(s) -

Date Details Location/Country
Jul 06, 2021 - Jul 12, 2021 24th International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage
Theme - Innovation and research in agriculture water management to achieve sustainable development goals
Question 62: What Role Can Information And Communication Technology Play In Travelling The Last Mile ?
Question 63: What Role Is Played By Multi-Disciplinary Dialogue To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals ?
Special Session - Developing the future tools for managing uncertainty in irrigation water supply
Symposium - Integrated Approaches to Irrigation Management in Future
Contact : Irrigation Australia Ltd Secretariat, Irrigation Australia's Committee onIrrigation and Drainage (IACID) 11/58 Metroplex Ave.,Murarrie, QLD 4172PO Box 13, Cannon Hill, 4170
Email : chris.delphin@irrigation.org.au,
Fax : (07) 3517 4010
Tel. : (07) 3517 4000, (07) 3517 4002 Mob : 0417 304 347
Website : http://www.icid2021.com.au
Resources : Second Announcement ; Call for Papers ; Online Abstract Submission
Sydney, Australia

Past Event(s)+

Corporate / Institutional
Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP), India
India Water Foundation, India
WAPCOS Limited, India
Ningbo Yaofeng Hydraulic Electrics Co., Ltd., China
Institute of Hydraulics and Rural Water Management, Austria
Agriculture Growth of Rural India, India
Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA), India
Dubai Municipality, United Arab Emirates