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ICID has been organizing its flagship triennial event International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage since 1951. The ICID triennial Congresses are organized to discuss and evaluate the upcoming and dynamic changes within the water sector in the entire world. In the face of global warming, changing climatic conditions, exploding population, increasing demand, and ever-changing technological advancements, ICID Congresses aims to deliberate and develop solutions for the concurrent challenges in this sector. Considering the multi-disciplinary nature of issues, the congresses address the bigger concerns faced by the global population in terms of water-food security, water-saving and the availability of water for everyone.

Every third year, from the emerging global trends, two Questions or thematic areas are identified, on which papers are presented, a Special Session, Symposium, and History Seminar is organized and showcased on our global platform. Participation is usually open to all National Committees and their members; to the nationals of member countries; other qualified international organizations; and, some of the invitees from non-member countries.  The technical proceedings of the Congresses are compiled in the form of Transactions which are considered to be an authoritative guide and reference volume to researchers and professionals across the world, including farmers at grassroots levels. 

           24th International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage and 73rd IEC Meeting, 3-10 October 2022, Adelaide, Australia

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Message from Irrigation Australia,
Irrigation Australia has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation around COVID-19 in line with Australian Government health guidelines and a decision was made to further postpone the 24th Congress and 73rd IEC Meeting to 3 to 10 October 2022 now at the Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia. This event will be combined with the biennial Irrigation Australia Conference and Exhibition which will be held from 5 to 7 October at the same venue.
Thank you to all our sponsors, exhibitors, delegates and abstract submitters who have supported the Congress to date and the abstract portal is now open for the submission of papers.
Over the coming months new details will be released on the program, technical and partner tours and social events and the Irrigation Australia team will be working hard to ensure the meeting in 2022 will be both informative and enjoyable.
The revised 2nd Announcement and further information is available on the event website at
We look forward to seeing you in Adelaide in 2022 and please contact us at if you have any questions or we can assist with additional information.
Kind Regards,
Bryan Ward
Chief Executive Officer
Irrigation Australia Ltd


The 1st ICID Congress was held in 1951 in Delhi.  So far, ICID has held 23 Triennial Congresses, the most recent one being, the – 23rd  ICID Congress held in Mexico City in the month of October 2017. The list of questions addressed by Congress clearly indicates a progressive shift from purely technical questions to multi-sectoral concerns of sustainability, water accounting, and global water and food security issues.

For example, questions for the second Congress (1954) were related to problems of freeboard in irrigation canals, the maintenance of irrigation canals with special reference to weed control and safe yields and recharge of groundwater, followed by questions on economics and financing of irrigation and flood control works and rehabilitation and modernization of irrigation and drainage systems at the – 5th  Congress in1963. 15th  Congress at Hague in 1993 discussed the Water management and institutional aspects while the 18th  Congress held in 2003 at Montreal, Canada, initiated the discussions on food production under water scarcity, poverty alleviation and environmental challenges figured in the deliberations. Over the last few years, the focus has shifted to multi-sectoral debates like the Roles of public and private sectors in water resources development and management and sustainable Integrated Water Resource Management as discussed at the 20th International Congress held at Lahore, Pakistan in 2008 to the more recent questions of Modernizing Irrigation and Drainage for a New Green Revolution was discussed at 23rd ICID Congress, held at Mexico City in 2017. 

23rd ICID Congress - Opening CeremonyThe opening ceremony of the 23rd ICID Congress and 68th IEC Meeting was inaugurated on 9 October 2017 by the Mexican President H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto in the presence of Mexico City Mayor H.E. Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa; Mr. Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, Director General, CONAGUA; Mr. Guang Zhe Chen Sr. Director, World Bank; Dr. Olcay Unver, Dy. Director, Land & Water Division, FAO; Mr. Tony Slatyer, Special Adviser, Australia; President Dr. Saeed Nairizi; and Secretary General Avinash C. Tyagi.

Mexican President H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated the 23rd ICID Congress and the 68th IEC Meeting on 9 October 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico in the benign presence of President Dr. Saeed Nairizi; Mexico City Mayor H.E. Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa; Mr. Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, Director General, CONAGUA; Mr. Guangzhe Chen Sr. Director, World Bank; Dr. Olcay Unver, Dy. Director, Land & Water Division, FAO; Mr. Tony Slatyer, Special Adviser on Water for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;, ICID; and Secretary General Avinash C. Tyagi, ICID. The dignitaries on the dais showed their solidarity to the people of Mexico, in the wake of the recent earthquake that rocked Central Mexico. Dr. Nairizi presented the Heritage Irrigation Structure (HIS) Citation Plaques - “LA BOQUILLA DAM” and “LA CHINAMPA” to H.E. Enrique Peña Nieto for their inclusion in the ICID Register of Heritage Irrigation Structures 2017. The 23rd ICID Congress was hosted by the Mexican Committee of ICID (MXCID).

Report of the 23rd ICID Congress

Report of the 23rd International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage, Mexico City, Mexico, 2017.

The publications includes a brief report of the 23rd International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage organized at Mexico City in October 2017.

Handbook of Procedures for ICID Events


forthcoming event(s) -

Date Details Location/Country
Oct 03, 2022 - Oct 10, 2022 24th International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage
Theme - Innovation and research in agriculture water management to achieve sustainable development goals
Question 62: What Role Can Information And Communication Technology Play In Travelling The Last Mile ?
Question 63: What Role Is Played By Multi-Disciplinary Dialogue To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals ?
Special Session - Developing the future tools for managing uncertainty in irrigation water supply
Symposium - Integrated Approaches to Irrigation Management in Future
NC Contact : Ms. Christine Delphin, Business Administration Manager, Irrigation Australia Ltd, Secretariat, Irrigation Australia's Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IACID), 11/58 Metroplex Ave.,Murarrie, QLD 4172, PO Box 13, Cannon Hill, 4170
Contact : Irrigation Australia Ltd Secretariat, Irrigation Australia's Committee onIrrigation and Drainage (IACID) 11/58 Metroplex Ave.,Murarrie, QLD 4172PO Box 13, Cannon Hill, 4170
Email :,
Fax : (07) 3517 4010
Tel. : (07) 3517 4000, (07) 3517 4002 Mob : 0417 304 347
Website :
Others : 24th ICID Congress - Call for Papers
24th ICID Congress - 2nd Announcement!
Adelaide Convention Center, Adelaide, Australia
Nov 06, 2023 - Nov 13, 2023 25th International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage
Theme - Tackling Water Scarcity in Agriculture
Question 64: What alternative water resources could be tapped for irrigated agriculture?
Question 65: Which on-farm techniques can increase water productivity?
NC Contact : Mr. Rishi Srivastava, Director, Remote Sensing Directorate, Central Water Commission, Department of Water Resources (RD and GR), Ministry of Jal Shakti, Govt. of India, 425(N), Sewa Bhawan, R.K. Puram, New Delhi
Contact : Indian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (INCID) C/o Remote Sensing Directorate Central Water Commission 425 (N) Sewa Bhavan, R.K. Puram New Delhi, 110066
VPH Dr. K. Yella Reddy, Dean, Agriculture Engineering and Technology, ANGR Agricultural University Administrative Building, Lam, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh - 522034 Tel : 91-40-24006205 Mob : 91-8374449555 Email :
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Tel. : +91 011-29583429; 91-8374449555
Visakhapatnam (Vizag), Andhra Pradesh State, India

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