The Asian continent has the highest area under irrigation viz. 225 Mha, which is about 41% of its arable land. Also, this is where about 60% of the whole world population lives. India (67 Mha), China (65 Mha) alone account for 59% of the irrigated area in Asia. Eight countries (India, China, Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey and Bangladesh) account for 82% of the total irrigated land in Asia. Five most populous countries (China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) out of the top 10 in the world are from Asia accounting for 45% of the world population. To feed this ever increasing population, food production needs to be doubled. And that is only possible by water resources development and management.

To fulfill the task of doubling the food production in the region, the NCs from Asian region have formed the Asian Regional Working Group (ASRWG) to focus on numerous hot topics of the current importance. Recently, the Asian Regional Task Force on Climate Change (ARTF-CC), established under ASRWG, compiled a report titled "Climate change adaptation for irrigation and drainage in Asia" which was presented at the sixth world water forum held in Marseille in March 2012. Earlier a symposium on "climate change impacts on soil and water resources" was organized by the group at Tehran, Iran in 2011. In 2008, the group also brought out a ‘Report on ICID Task Force for Least Developed Countries in Asia’.

Besides organizing the Asian regional conferences on topics of current importance, the group enhances linkages with regional and transnational organizations for co-operation and transfer of technology in irrigation and drainage with aim to increase the food production.

Mandate: The general objective of the Asian Regional Working Group is to focus on common topics and issues and to enhance the transfer of appropriate technology in irrigation and drainage to and from the Asian Region. The mission of ASRWG is to encourage membership and to coordinate activities in the region.
Established : 1996
Sl. No. Name Email Country Membership
1 Prof. Dr. Tsugihiro WATANABE Japan Chair
2 Dr. Vijay K. Labhsetwar India Vice Chair
3 Dr. Aynur Fayrap Turkey Secretary
4 Dr. Wen-Pen Shu Chinese Taipei Committee Member
5 Mr. Naoki HAYASHIDA Japan Member
6 Ir. Syed Abdul Hamid bin Syed Shuib Malaysia Member
7 Dr. (Ms.) Mu Mu Than Myanmar Member
8 Eng. W.B. Palugaswewa Sri Lanka Member
9 Ir. Felipe Dantas Australia Member
10 Prof. Ray-Shyan   Wu Chinese Taipei Committee Member
11 Mr. Arthon Suttigarn Thailand Member
12 Dr. Karim Shiati Iran Member
13 Prof. (Ms.) Kyung Sook Choi South Korea Member
14 Ir. Hj AHMAD BIN DARUS Malaysia Member
15 Prof. Wang Aiguo China Member
16 Mr. Bashu Dev Lohanee Nepal Member
17 Dr. Dao Trong Tu Vietnam Member
18 Mr. Dilshod Kimsanov Tajikistan Member
19 Mr. Stephen Mills Australia Member
20 Dr. Rajinder Kumar Gupta India Member
21 Dr. Mochammad Amron Indonesia Member
22 Prof. Gwo-Hsing   Yu, Ph.D. Chinese Taipei Committee Member
23 Mr. RYU Jeon Yong South Korea Member
24 Mr. Ilkhom Juraev Usmonovich Uzbekistan Member
25 Mr. Ahmed Kamal Pakistan Member
26 Mr. Shaimaa Shihab Ahmed Iraq Provisional Member
27 Mr. Ammar Salah Ahmed Manhee Iraq Provisional Member