International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage Commission Interationale des Irrigation et du Drainage

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.



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

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Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Prof. Dr. Tsugihiro WATANABE wa************* Japan Chair
2 Dr. Vijay Labhsetwar vi************* India Vice Chair
3 Dr. Aynur Fayrap ay************* Turkey Secretary
4 Mr. Ahmed Kamal if************* Pakistan Member
5 Mr. Arthon Suttigarn as************* Thailand Member
6 Dr. Arvind Kumar co************* India Member
7 Mr. Bashu Dev Lohanee ba************* Nepal Member
8 Mr. Dang Ping da************* China Member
9 Mr. David Cameron da************* Australia Member
10 Mr Egemen Gürsoy eg************* Turkey Member
11 Prof. Gwo-Hsing   Yu, Ph.D. ct************* Chinese Taipei Committee Member
12 Mr. Juraev Ilkhom Usmanovich uz************* Uzbekistan Member
13 Dr. Karim Shiati ka************* Iran Member
14 Prof. (Ms.) Kyung Sook Choi ks************* South Korea Member
15 Ms. Li Ruoxi li************* China Member
16 Dr. Masaomi KIMURA mk************* Japan Member
17 Dr. Mochammad Amron   mo************* Indonesia Member
18 Mr. Momir Vranes mo************* Australia Member
19 Dr. (Ms.) Mu Mu Than mt************* Myanmar Member
20 Dr. Nazmun Nahar Karim na************* Bangladesh Member
21 Mr. Rajni Kant Agrawal rk************* India Member
22 Prof. Dr. Ray Shyan Wu ra************* Chinese Taipei Committee Member
23 Dr. Robin Kumar Biswas bi************* Bangladesh Member
24 Mr. RYU Jeon Yong kc************* South Korea Member
25 Eng. (Ms.) Shaimaa Shihab Ahmed en************* Iraq Member
26 Ir. Syed Abdul Hamid bin Syed Shuib ha************* Malaysia Member
27 Eng. (Ms.) Talatha Janaki Meegstenna ja************* Sri Lanka Member
28 Dr. Tony Chih-Sheng Chen to************* Chinese Taipei Committee Member
29 Mr. Toru Okuda ok************* Japan Member
30 Eng. W.B. Palugaswewa pa************* Sri Lanka Member
31 Ir. Yuslina Binti Hj. Mohd Sani yu************* Malaysia Member
32 Eng. (Ms.) Zainab Saleem za************* Iraq Member

In addition to the below membership, National Committees of Kazakhstan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Tajikistan nominated their representatives.


  • 7th Asian Regional Conference, 26-28 June 2012, Adelaide, Australia.
  • 6th Asian Regional Conference, 10-16 October 2010, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • 5th Asian Regional Conference, 6-11 December 2009, New Delhi, India.
  • 4th Asian Regional Conference, 2-5 May 2007, Tehran, Iran.
  • 2nd Asian Regional Conference, Maoma, Echuca, Australia, 14-17 March 2004.
  • Asian Regional Workshop, The Grand Hotel, Taipei, 10-12 November 2003
  • 1st Asian Regional Conference, 16-21 September 2001, Seoul, South Korea, 2001


Marrakesh, Morocco , 2021

  1. Workshops on Impacts of COVID-19 on Agricultural Water Management in Asia - An Introduction
  2. Workshops on Impacts of COVID-19 on Agricultural Water Management in Asia - Indonesian Report
  3. Impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on Agricultural Water Management and Countermeasures – India
  4. Impacts of COVID‐19 on Agricultural Water Management in Asia – CTCID
  5. Impacts of COVID 19 on Agricultural Water Management in Turkey
  6. Royal Irrigation Department Water Management under COVID 19 Situation
  7. Impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on Agricultural Water Management and Countermeasures – China
  8. Impacts of COVID 19 on Agricultural Water Management in Australia
  9. Impacts of COVID 19 on Agricultural Water Management in Japan

Gwangju, 2014

  1. WT on “Contribution of agricultural water to the rural development” – Prof. Tai Cheol Kim (Korea)
  2. Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in The Millennium Development Goals: The Role of Muda Irrigation Project - Mukhlis Zainol Abidin (MADA)
  3. PAWEES 2014 International Conference, October 2014, Taiwan
  4. Irrigated agriculture and rural development : focusing on Theme 2.1 Water for food - Prof. Tai Cheol Kim and Dr. Sung-hee Lee (Republic of Korea)
  5. Application of Multi-purpose Rubber Dam with Small Hydro-power Generation System - Dr. Kwon, Hyung Joong and Prof. Kim, Sun Joo (Republic of Korea)
  6. An Example of the Modern Irrigation Projects and Systems in Turkey: The Yaylak Plain Irrigation Project - Dr. Aynur FAYRAP (Turkey)
  7. Rural Groundwater Monitoring Network - Byung Sun, Lee (Republic of Korea)

Tehran, 2011 

  1. 64th IEC Meeting and 8th Asian Regional Conference (ARC), October 2013, Mardin, Turkey
  2. Managing Climate Change Effect on Groundwater through Monitoring Groundwater, 
    People's Republic of China, Dr. Gao Zhanyi
  3. hinese Taipei Case Study - Paddy Fields Multi-Functionality for Sustainable Environment and Climate Change in Taiwan





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