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

Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering about 10,180,000 square kilometers or 2% of the Earth's surface and about 6.8% of its land area. Of Europe's approximately 50 countries/states, Russia is by far the largest by both area and population, while the Vatican City is the smallest. Of these, 22 countries/States came together in 1995 to establish the ICID's European Regional Working Group (ERWG) with the motto "Comprehensive land and water management in European River basins for the sustainable development of the rural landscape". With 23.2  million hectares of irrigated land and  9 % of the world’s population, the ERWG today provides knowledge transfer and exchange of experiences in matters of trans-boundary waters and land management in European countries; co-operation of experts and organizations engaged in nationaland international objectives and development and promotion of border crossing projects and conferences.

The WG has many Sub-committees working on topics of regional/ local significance. The WG has brought out several valuable publications like:

The WG has organized 25 Regional Conferences so far on topics of current importance.


The mission of ERWG is to promote awareness about critical ICID relevant water issues at all levels in Europe and to pay special attention to the environmentally sustainable water management in Europe.

Established : 1995

Chairman Message



Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Dr. Marco Arcieri m.************* Italy Chair
2 Mr. Olli Matti Verta ol************* Finland Secretary
3 Ing. Ahmed Abuzeid - Direct Member ah************* Germany Member
4 Dr. Anton Urfels - Direct Member a.************* Germany Member
5 Mr. Evgenii Ratkovich er************* Russia Member
6 Mrs. Inmaculada Bravo Dominguez ib************* Spain Member
7 Dr. (Ing.) Klaus Röttcher - Direct Member k.************* Germany Member
8 Dr. Laszlo G. Hayde l.************* Hungary Member
9 Dr. Oliver Nichoslon ol************* Ireland Member
10 Dr. Sami Bouarfa sa************* France Member
11 Dr. (Mrs.) Sabina Seidel sa************* Germany Observer
12 Mr. Hannes Puu ha************* Estonia Observer
13 Dr. Irina G. Pankova ru************* Russia Observer
14 Dr. Klaus Dieter Vorloop kl************* Germany Observer
15 Dr. (Mrs.) Irena G. Bondarik ru************* Russia Representative
16 Ms. Anu Nemvalts an************* Estonia Representative
17 Prof. Dr. Charlotte de Fraiture c.************* Netherlands Representative
18 Davor Romic dr************* Croatia Representative
19 Mr. Ian William Makin ia************* United Kingdom Representative
20 Prof. Ing. Ion Nicolaescu ce************* Romania Representative
21 Mrs. Nato Khutsurauli na************* Georgia Representative
22 Mr. Pedro Eduardo da Cunha Serra ad************* Portugal Representative
23 Prof. Peter Kovalenko pi************* Ukraine Representative
24 Mr. Petra Hellemann pe************* Switzerland Representative

In addition to the below membership, National Committees of Slovenia nominated their representative and Mr. Peter Alexey Yurievich Chair EWTDRA are Ex-Officio Member.


The European Regional Working Group (ERWG) of ICID was founded at the 46th IEC Meeting in Rome in September, 1995, and is acting under the motto "Comprehensive land and water management in European river basins for the sustainable development of the rural landscape". The tasks of ERWG can be summarized :

  • Knowledge transfer and exchange of experience in matters of border crossing water and land management in European countries
  • Co-operation of experts and organisations engaged in national, supranational and international objectives of water management and irrigated agriculture
  • Development and promotion of border crossing projects and conferences




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