WORKING GROUP ON MODERNIZATION AND REVITALIZATION OF IRRIGATION SCHEMES (WG-M&R)
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Water scarcity and the resulting need for its efficient use is a global challenge. In some countries there are also increasing land use intensification impacts on water quality driven by irrigation. The investment in irrigation systems is considerable. For example in a modern agricultural context the irrigation system investment behind the farm gate is frequently greater than the water storage and distribution infrastructure. Ensuring that irrigation schemes are designed, installed, managed and maintained well is essential if production gains, subsequent direct, indirect and induced economic benefits are to be realized, all whilst managing direct and indirect environmental impacts. It may be expected that in the coming period most of the activities in irrigation will be in the field of modernization and enhancement of existing schemes. For a certain number of schemes revitalizations will be required, before modernization activities can be undertaken, or such activities may be undertaken in combination. The revitalization concerns the broader policy and strategy aspects of Governments with respect to actual activities with respect to the modernization of irrigation schemes.

About two-third of recent international financing for irrigation and drainage and almost all World Bank lending in the sector in the last decade has been for rehabilitation and upgrading of large-scale irrigation infrastructure. Much of this investment has addressed the huge backlog in deferred maintenance and repairs, supported by related reforms in institutions and management. Moving further; ICID felt the need to focus on modernizing irrigation services as this was one of the lacunas in many developing countries. Modernization of service through upgrading existing infrastructure is a challenging technical and institutional problem. New solutions are needed, based on new management options and widely available technologies. In order to provide a continuing focus for sustainable improvement of irrigation service delivery through progressive modernization of infrastructure, management and institutions, ICID established the Working Group on Modernization and Revitalization of Irrigation Schemes (WG-M&R). The WG is concerned with the lack of progress on modernization of services relative to the focus on improving the infrastructure elements of the irrigation system. The group closely works with FAO and other international organizations in developing and promoting strategies and tools like ‘Benchmarking’ and ‘MASSCOTE’ to monitor and evaluate performance of irrigation schemes.Water scarcity and the resulting need for its efficient use is a global challenge. In some countries there are also increasing land use intensification impacts on water quality driven by irrigation. The investment in irrigation systems is considerable. For example in a modern agricultural context the irrigation system investment behind the farm gate is frequently greater than the water storage and distribution infrastructure. Ensuring that irrigation schemes are designed, installed, managed and maintained well is essential if production gains, subsequent direct, indirect and induced economic benefits are to be realized, all whilst managing direct and indirect environmental impacts. It may be expected that in the coming period most of the activities in irrigation will be in the field of modernization and enhancement of existing schemes. For a certain number of schemes revitalizations will be required, before modernization activities can be undertaken, or such activities may be undertaken in combination. The revitalization concerns the broader policy and strategy aspects of Governments with respect to actual activities with respect to the modernization of irrigation schemes.

About two-third of recent international financing for irrigation and drainage and almost all World Bank lending in the sector in the last decade has been for rehabilitation and upgrading of large-scale irrigation infrastructure. Much of this investment has addressed the huge backlog in deferred maintenance and repairs, supported by related reforms in institutions and management. Moving further; ICID felt the need to focus on modernizing irrigation services as this was one of the lacunas in many developing countries. Modernization of service through upgrading existing infrastructure is a challenging technical and institutional problem. New solutions are needed, based on new management options and widely available technologies. In order to provide a continuing focus for sustainable improvement of irrigation service delivery through progressive modernization of infrastructure, management and institutions, ICID established the Working Group on Modernization and Revitalization of Irrigation Schemes (WG-M&R). The WG is concerned with the lack of progress on modernization of services relative to the focus on improving the infrastructure elements of the irrigation system. The group closely works with FAO and other international organizations in developing and promoting strategies and tools like ‘Benchmarking’ and ‘MASSCOTE’ to monitor and evaluate performance of irrigation schemes.


 

Sl. No. Name Country Membership
1 Mr. Ian William Makin United Kingdom Chair
2 Dr. Dong Bin China Vice Chair
3 Engr. Muhammad Sani Bala Nigeria Secretary
4 Mr. Mehrzad Ehsani Iran Member
5 Dr. Chih-Hung Tan Chinese Taipei Committee Member
6 Prof. Dr. Tarek Ahmed El-Samman Egypt Member
7 M. Omid Moridnejaad - Young Professional Iran Member
8 Mr. Jan Potgieter South Africa Member
9 Mr. Shinji FUKUDA Japan Member
10 Ms. Mona Liza Delos Reyes Philippines Member
11 Engr. Reyne B. Ugay Philippines Member
12 Dr. Sanjay Madhukar Belsare India Member
13 Ms Puleng Mofokeng South Africa Member
14 Dr. Toshihiko KUNO Japan Member
15 IR. Eko Subekti Indonesia Member
16 Dr. Brian T. Wahlin United States of America Member
17 Mr. Alan Kendall Clark United Kingdom Member
18 Dr. Yohei SATO Japan Member
19 Mr. Mohd Yazid bin Abdullah Malaysia Member
20 Prof. Kwang-Sik Yoon South Korea Member
21 Mr. Usman-e-Ghani Pakistan Provisional Member
22 Dr. Ali Omran Ali Iraq Provisional Member

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