Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering about 10,180,000 square kilometers or 2% of the Earth's surface and about 6.8% of its land area. Of Europe's approximately 50 countries/states, Russia is by far the largest by both area and population, while the Vatican City is the smallest. Of these, 22 countries/States came together in 1995 to establish the ICID's European Regional Working Group (ERWG) with the motto "Comprehensive land and water management in European River basins for the sustainable development of the rural landscape". With 23.2  million hectares of irrigated land and  9 % of the world’s population, the ERWG today provides knowledge transfer and exchange of experiences in matters of trans-boundary waters and land management in European countries; co-operation of experts and organizations engaged in nationaland international objectives and development and promotion of border crossing projects and conferences.

The WG has many Sub-committees working on topics of regional/ local significance. The WG has brought out several valuable publications like:

The WG has organized 25 Regional Conferences so far on topics of current importance

Mandate: The mission of ERWG is to promote awareness about critical ICID relevant water issues at all levels in Europe and to pay special attention to the environmentally sustainable water management in Europe.
Established : 1995
Sl. No. Name Country Membership
1 Mr. Ian William Makin United Kingdom Chair
2 Prof. Peter Kovalenko Ukraine Vice Chair
3 Mr. Olli-Matti Verta Finland Secretary
4 Mr. Pedro Eduardo da Cunha Serra Portugal Member
5 Dr. Marco Arcieri Italy Member
6 Dr. Sami Bouarfa France Member
7 Mr. Hannes Puu Estonia Member
8 Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Vorlop Germany Member
9 Ing. Frederik M. Cate Austria Member
10 Davor Romic Croatia Member
11 Dr. Irina G. Pankova Russia Member
12 Dr. Mrs. Irene Bondarik Russia Member
13 Prof. Dr. Ing. Ion Nicolaescu Romania Member
14 Dr. (A.L.) Pol Hakstege Netherlands Member
15 Dr. John Martin Ireland Member
16 Dr. Laszlo G. Hayde Hungary Member
17 Prof. dr. Svatopluk Matula Czech Republic Member
18 Mr. Peter Alexey Yurievich Russia Member
19 Dr. (Mrs.) Sabine Seidel Germany Young Professional

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