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.

In addition to the below membership, National Committees of Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and Slovenia nominated their representatives.


Mandate: 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
Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Mr. Ian William Makin United Kingdom Chair
2 Prof. Peter Kovalenko Ukraine Vice Chair
3 Mr. Olli Matti Verta Finland Secretary
4 Davor Romic Croatia Member
5 Dr. John Martine Ireland Member
6 Dr. Sami Bouarfa France Member
7 Mr. Pedro Eduardo da Cunha Serra Portugal Member
8 Mr. Hannes Puu Estonia Member
9 Prof. Ing. Ion Nicolaescu Romania Member
10 Dr. Laszlo G. Hayde Hungary Member
11 Dr. (Mrs.) Irena G. Bondarik Russia Member
12 Dr. Marco Arcieri Italy Member
13 Dr. Irina G. Pankova Russia Observer
14 Dr. (Mrs.) Sabina Seidel Germany Observer
15 Prof. Dr. Klaus Dieter Vorlop Germany Observer
16 Mr. Peter Alexey Yurievich Russia Observer










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