WORKING GROUP ON WATER SAVING IN IRRIGATED AREAS (WG-WATS)
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Today, agriculture consumes 70 percent of all global water withdrawn for consumptive use, up to 95 percent in several arid and semi-arid countries. In fact, irrigated agriculture has played a major role in the development of rural economies, supporting economic growth and poverty reduction. The irrigation water, passing from its source to the field and then finally consume by crops, has been through many links, including water resources allocation, conveyance, distribution, irrigation, soil evaporation and plant transpiration, etc. So, corresponding measures should be taken at each of these links. In order to reflect the essence of water-saving irrigation in a comprehensive and objective way and make the issue less complicated, the irrigation water consumption, irrigation water using efficiency, and engineering and technical requirements, etc. have been selected as the key criteria on water saving in irrigated land.

There is a vast range of techniques and technologies available for minimizing water losses and maximizing water saving in agriculture and efficient use of irrigation water, ranging from simple tubes for field water application to sophisticated canal automation and telemetry. Water saving practices in irrigated agriculture can be categorized as engineering, management, technology, technique, policies and institutional. The success of these parameters depends on the level of their integration and socio-economic dimensions of a given locality. The modern irrigation knows how to use less water to produce more agriculture products.


Scoping Document


 

Mandate: The working group discussed the scoping document during the meeting which was accepted in general however some new idea emerged which WG decided to consider in the work plan. WG recommended the following mandate: (a) water accounting and irrigation auditing (and other ancillary uses); (b) irrigation water measuring devices; (c) assessment of water loss in various components of irrigation systems; (d) various methods and techniques used for water saving in irrigation; (e) policies and strategies for irrigation water saving; (f) charging for Irrigation Services; (g) success stories and best management practices in water saving; (h) tools and processes applied in irrigation water saving; (i) outreach of water saving technologies; and (j) WatSave Awards.
Established : 2015
Sl. No. Name Country Membership
1 Mr. Mehrzad Ehsani Iran Chair
2 Mr. Mortaza Yazdekhasti Iran Secretary
3 Dr. Mohamed Hassan Amer Egypt Member
4 Dr. Tasuku Kato Japan Member
5 Dr. Ray Shyan Wu Chinese Taipei Committee Member
6 Prof. Michele Pernoila Italy Member
7 Er. Isomiddin Akramov Uzbekistan Member
8 Ms. Jianxin Mu China Member
9 Mr. S. Mohanarajah Sri Lanka Member
10 Prof. (Ms.) Kyung Sook Choi South Korea Member
11 Mr. Abijit Joshi - Direct Member India Member
12 Mr. S.P. Jadhav - Direct Member India Member
13 Dr. P. Soman - Direct Member India Member
14 Mr. Ian William Makin United Kingdom Observer
15 Ir. Felipe Dantas Australia Provisional Member
16 Dr. Mohamed El-Hagarey Egypt Provisional Member
17 Eng. (Ms.) Hala Ramadan El-Sayed Ismail Egypt Provisional Member
18 Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed Sheikh Pakistan Provisional Member
19 Mr. Yalçin Dalgin Turkey Provisional Member
20 Dr. Joe Stevens South Africa Provisional Member
21 Mr. Kamal Kumar Jangid India Provisional Member
22 Mr. Dhuha Mahmood Hussein Iraq Provisional Member

Corporate / Institutional
ADB1
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