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.

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.
Established : 1996
Sl. No. Name Country Membership
1 Dr. Karim Shiati Iran Chair
2 Dr. Kota Tirupataiah India Member
3 Ir. Hj AHMAD BIN DARUS Malaysia Member
4 Dr. (Ms.) Mu Mu Than Myanmar Member
5 Mr. Bashu Dev Lohanee Nepal Member
6 Prof. Ray-Shyan Wu Chinese Taipei Committee Member
7 Dr. V.K. Labhsetwar India Member
8 Mr. Dilshod Kimsanov Tajikistan Member
9 Mr. Ahmed Kamal Pakistan Member
10 Prof. Dr. Tsugihiro WATANABE Japan Member
11 Mr. Ilkhom Juraev Usmonovich Uzbekistan Member
12 Ir. Syed Abdul Hamid bin Syed Shuib Malaysia Member
13 Dr. Aynur Fayrap Turkey Member
14 Mr. Naoki HAYASHIDA Japan Member
15 Mr. S. Siswoko Indonesia Member
16 Prof. Gwo-Hsing Yu, Ph.D. Chinese Taipei Committee Member
17 Dr. Mochammad Amron Indonesia Member
18 Prof. (Ms.) Kyung Sook Choi South Korea Member
19 Dr. Rajinder Kumar Gupta India Member
20 Mr. Arthon Suttigarn Thailand Member
21 Ir. Felipe Dantas Australia Provisional Member
22 Dr. Wen-Pin Shu Chinese Taipei Committee Provisional Member
23 Dr. Dao Trong Tu Vietnam Provisional Member
24 Eng. W.B. Palugaswewa Sri Lanka Provisional Member
25 Mr. Ahmed Kama Pakistan Provisional Member
26 Mr. Shaimaa Shihab Ahmed Iraq Provisional Member
27 Prof. Wang Aiguo China Provisional Member
28 Mr. Ammar Salah Ahmed Manhee Iraq Provisional Member











Corporate / Institutional
Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP), India
India Water Foundation, India
WAPCOS Limited, India
Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines
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