Future is often the reflection of the past. The rapid changes that are taking place around the world over a few decades have, however, cautioned us to learn from it. One can learn by studying the past processes, the causes of successes and failures, despite new complexities.

Working Group on History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control (WG-HIST) has worked over the years to motivate ICID National Committees in various countries to set up their national working groups and provide guidance to compile, publish, update and/or translate documents on history of irrigation, drainage, flood management, and river engineering, incorporating relevant agricultural, political, socio-economic, climatologic and geographic aspects for proper understanding of the technological developments. The WG has brought out many outstanding publications and presently exploring the possibility of compiling a book on “Water Sustainability through History”. The Group also organizes a History Seminar at the time of ICID Congresses, on regular basis.

Notification No. 2 of 2018 - Establishment of WG-HIST

Committee on assembling irrigation efficiency data (1974-1978) Constituted as Committee on History of Irrigation (1978).  Renamed as Committee on History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control (C-HIST) in the year 1998 and again renamed as Working Group on History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control (WG-HIST) in the year 2000


Sl. No. Name Country Membership
1 Dr. Kamran Emami Iran Chair
2 Mrs. Xuming Tan China Member
3 Prof. Dr. Yutaka MATSUNO Japan Member
4 Dr. Gerhard R. Backeberg South Africa Member
5 Dr. Sinite YU Chinese Taipei Committee Member
6 Dr. José Luis Martínez Ruiz Mexico Member
7 Dr. Gerhard Backeberg South Africa Member
8 Engr. Sirika Ahmad Abubakar Nigeria Member
9 Dr. A. Hafied A. Gany Indonesia Member
10 Dr. (Ing.) Klaus Rottcher Germany Member
11 Dr. Laszlo G. Hayde Hungary Member
12 Mr. Yogesh Paithankar India Member
13 Dr. Masaomi KIMURA Japan Member
14 Prof. Dr. Nobumasa HATCHO Japan Member
15 Mr. Chaiwat Prechawit Thailand Member
16 Mr. Charles A. Abernethy United Kingdom Member
17 Dr. Ahmed Adam Ibrahim Sudan Provisional Member
18 Eng. Ahmed Awad Hag Abd-Elnabi Egypt Provisional Member
19 VPH Prof. Dr. Dia El Din Ahmed El Quosy Egypt Provisional Member

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  • Integrated Library Management System (ILMS)
  • ICID Register of World Heritage Irrigation Structures
  • Irrigation Dictionary (MTD)
  • Irrigation & Drainage Products & Services Directory
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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
Dayu Water-Saving Group Co. Ltd., China
Electrosteel Castings Limited, India
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