The Asian continent has the highest area under irrigation viz. 225 Mha, which is about 41% of its arable land. Also, this is where about 60% of the whole world population lives. India (67 Mha), China (65 Mha) alone account for 59% of the irrigated area in Asia. Eight countries (India, China, Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey and Bangladesh) account for 82% of the total irrigated land in Asia. Five most populous countries (China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) out of the top 10 in the world are from Asia accounting for 45% of the world population. To feed this ever increasing population, food production needs to be doubled. And that is only possible by water resources development and management.

To fulfill the task of doubling the food production in the region, the NCs from Asian region have formed the Asian Regional Working Group (ASRWG) to focus on numerous hot topics of the current importance. Recently, the Asian Regional Task Force on Climate Change (ARTF-CC), established under ASRWG, compiled a report titled "Climate change adaptation for irrigation and drainage in Asia" which was presented at the sixth world water forum held in Marseille in March 2012. Earlier a symposium on "climate change impacts on soil and water resources" was organized by the group at Tehran, Iran in 2011. In 2008, the group also brought out a ‘Report on ICID Task Force for Least Developed Countries in Asia’.

Besides organizing the Asian regional conferences on topics of current importance, the group enhances linkages with regional and transnational organizations for co-operation and transfer of technology in irrigation and drainage with aim to increase the food production.

Established : 1996
Mandate: The general objective of the Asian Regional Working Group is to focus on common topics and issues and to enhance the transfer of appropriate technology in irrigation and drainage to and from the Asian Region. The mission of ASRWG is to encourage membership and to coordinate activities in the region.
Sl. No. Name Email Country Membership
1 Dr. Karim Shiati Iran Chair
2 Dr. Rajinder Kumar Gupta India Member
3 Ir. Hj AHMAD BIN DARUS Malaysia Member
4 Prof. Dr. Tsugihiro WATANABE Japan Member
5 Mr. Ahmed Kamal Pakistan Member
6 Mr. Dilshod Kimsanov Tajikistan Member
7 Dr. Vijay K. Labhsetwar India Member
8 Prof. Ray-Shyan Wu Chinese Taipei Committee Member
9 Mr. Bashu Dev Lohanee Nepal Member
10 Dr. (Ms.) Mu Mu Than Myanmar Member
11 Mr. Ilkhom Juraev Usmonovich Uzbekistan Member
12 Dr. Kota Tirupataiah India Member
13 Mr. S. Siswoko Indonesia Member
14 Prof. (Ms.) Kyung Sook Choi South Korea Member
15 Dr. Mochammad Amron Indonesia Member
16 Mr. Naoki HAYASHIDA Japan Member
17 Ir. Syed Abdul Hamid bin Syed Shuib Malaysia Member
18 Prof. Gwo-Hsing Yu, Ph.D. Chinese Taipei Committee Member
19 Dr. Aynur Fayrap Turkey Member
20 Mr. Arthon Suttigarn Thailand Member
21 Dr. Dao Trong Tu Vietnam Provisional Member
22 Dr. Wen-Pin Shu Chinese Taipei Committee Provisional Member
23 Ir. Felipe Dantas Australia Provisional Member
24 Eng. W.B. Palugaswewa Sri Lanka Provisional Member
25 Mr. Ahmed Kama Pakistan Provisional Member
26 Mr. Ammar Salah Ahmed Manhee Iraq Provisional Member
27 Mr. Shaimaa Shihab Ahmed Iraq Provisional Member
28 Prof. Wang Aiguo China Provisional Member