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 Global 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.


  • 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 Membership
    1 Prof. Ray-Shyan   Wu Chinese Taipei Committee Chair
    2 Prof. Dr. Tsugihiro WATANABE Japan Chair
    3 Dr. Fuqiang Tian China Vice Chair
    4 Dr. Waleed Hassan M. Abou El Hassan Egypt Secretary
    5 Mr. Mika Turunen Finland Member
    6 Dr. Takanori NAGANO Japan Member
    7 Prof. Choi, Jin-Yong South Korea Member
    8 Eng. Janaki   Meegstenna Sri Lanka Member
    9 Dr. Jih Shun Liu Chinese Taipei Committee Member
    10 Dr. Kumiko TSUJIMOTO Japan Member
    11 Mr. Michael Davidson United States of America Member
    12 Prof. Sue Walker South Africa Member
    13 Mr. Atin Kumar Tyagi Direct Member, JISL India Member
    14 Dr. Anton Urfels Germany Member
    15 Dr. Juan A. Rodriguez Diaz Spain Member
    16 Er. Atin Kumar Tyagi India Member
    17 Engr. Reynaldo L. Baloloy Philippines Member
    18 Dr. Nozar Ghahreman Iran Member
    19 Eng (Ms.) Nermeen Essam El-Tahan - Young Professional Egypt Young Professional
    20 Mr. Hatem Hameed Hussein Iraq Provisional Member
    21 Prof. Anna Dalla Marta Italy Provisional Member
    22 Ms. Dilek Demirel Yazici Turkey Provisional Member
    23 Mr. Jafer Kathom Alwan Alamiryi Iraq Provisional Member