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


Since agriculture accounts for 70% of water use and up to 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, it contributes to and is threatened by climate change. Adapting water management policies and practices to the existing climate variability by building resilience is the best way to prepare for potential climate change. Improved water harvesting and storages (such as reservoirs, dams, pools, pits, retaining ridges, etc.), supplementing the water requirement for rain-fed crops, highly efficient irrigation systems and best practices are fundamental for addressing increasing variability of rainfalls, and reducing the adverse impacts of extreme events of floods and droughts.

ICID addresses these issues through its Working Group on Climate Change and Agricultural Water Management (WG-CLIMATE).The looming climate change and its likely impacts on water management for agriculture require cooperation cutting across institutional and disciplinary boundaries. It calls for intensification of data collection networks, research into methodologies to downscale the climate impacts on water and agriculture, review of the operation of storage systems, enhancing soil water storage with water harvesting structures, and sharing knowledge and information. WG-CLIMATE has the mandate to review the progression of and predictions for Global Climate Change (GCC) and climate variability and to explore and analyze the medium-term implications of climate change and climate variability for irrigation, drainage, and flood management. It stimulates discussion and raises awareness of water related GCC issues within the ICID network and at national scales among scientists and policy makers. The working group collaborates with global partners like UN System wide Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) under the leadership of WMO.

In addition to the below membership, representative of Indonesia is a member; WMO, IWMI, and FAO are Permanent Observers.

*Formal approval will be made during the 72nd IEC in November 2021 at Marrakesh, Morocco

  • To share the information about prediction of the global and regional climate change and climate variability.
  • To explore and analyze the implications of climate change and climate variability for agricultural water management including irrigation, drainage, and flood control
  • To promote archiving useful information and case studies on climate change for practical use in improved impact assessment and adaptation development
  • To enhance discussion on climate change and water management at national and regional scales among the stakeholders including academician, practitioners, decision makers, media as well as farmers and water users in a region

  • Established : 2015
    Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
    1 Dr. Ray Shyan Wu Chinese Taipei Committee Chair
    2 Dr. Fuqiang Tian China Vice Chair
    3 Dr. Waleed Hassan M. Abou El Hassan Egypt Secretary
    4 Prof. Sue Walker South Africa Member
    5 Prof. Choi, Jin-Yong South Korea Member
    6 Mr. Atin Kumar Tyagi India Member
    7 Mr. Jafer Kathom Alwan Alamiryi - Young Professional Iraq Member
    8 Eng. (Ms.) Talatha Janaki Meegstenna Sri Lanka Member
    9 Ms. DEMİREL YAZICI Dilek Turkey Member
    10 Dr. Jih Shun Liu Chinese Taipei Committee Member
    11 Eng (Ms.) Nermeen El-Tahan - Young Professional Egypt Member
    12 Engr. Reynaldo L. Baloloy Philippines Member
    13 Dr. Kumiko TSUJIMOTO Japan Member
    14 Dr. Mika Tähtikarhu Finland Member
    15 Dr. Nozar Ghahreman Iran Member
    16 Mr. Michael Davidson USA Member
    17 Dr. Takanori NAGANO Japan Member
    18 Dr. Anton Urfels - Direct Member Germany Member
    19 Dr. Ashish Pandey - Direct Member India Member
    20 Mr. Sunil Kumar India Member
    21 Mr. Tikaram Baral Nepal Member
    22 Prof. Dr. Ragab Ragab United Kingdom Member
    23 Prof. Dr. Tsugihiro WATANABE Japan Observer
    24 Prof. Anna Dalla Marta Italy Provisional Member
    25 Dr. Man Singh India Provisional Member


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