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

The principal goal of the new Working Group on Irrigation and Drainage in States with Transition Economy is to facilitate a single platform of National Committees of ICID that belong to States characterized by transition economy, in overcoming certain mutual problems in Irrigation and Drainage.

It is well known that after the splitting up of former USSR States that were included in Warsaw collaboration or Soviet Union went through very difficult times to overcome the problems connected with changing economic, political and social situation, especially in rural area during the past two decades. These are characterized by some common features such as:

  1. reduced size and direction of government subsidy to agriculture, water management, irrigation and drainage;
  2. lack of investment not only in development of Irrigation and Drainage, but also in sustainability of these networks; and
  3. lack of States’ attention to Irrigation and Drainage.

As result, in all these States, one can recognize that there is a:

  1. reduction of irrigated area (it was 12 Mha or 5% of global irrigated area)
  2. significant loss of organizations responsible for supporting infrastructure of irrigation and capacity building in water management
  3. failure of Irrigation and Drainage science; an
  4. lack of interest of young professional in Irrigation and Drainage.

The WG-IDSST aims to promote innovative approaches and necessary instruments to provide sustainable irrigation and drainage management within IWRM plans and RD projects in the countries of transition.


Strategy Themes: Basin

1. to develop and strengthen the network among the countries of transition on the basis of establishment of monitoring and evaluation of common problems in the States and bring it to the attention of decision-makers in states; 2. to create database and exchange of information about changing situation in Irrigation and Drainage in these States and to attract global and national attention to existing trends affecting global and national food security and wellbeing of rural population; especially related to climate change and ability to adapt to it; 3. to promote implementation of IWRM and broad-basing of stakeholders by popularizing the case studies and best practices explaining the real content of IWRM principles; 4. to monitor the ecological situation in the transition states, including problems of closed basin (Aral Sea, Lake Chad, Lake Victoria, Caspian Sea), rivers deltas, salinization and water logging, land desertification etc.; 5. to collect appropriate advance irrigation and drainage technology for use in transition states and its dissemination through capacity building; to promote involvement young specialists as providers of these innovations; pay specific attention to use of RS technology in I&D; 6. to promote farmer’s and WUAs training to create awareness about agricultural water management; 7. to increase the efficiency and functioning of the WG, intensify collaboration with other countries to share best practices and experience for development of irrigation and drainage in the States under socio-economic transformation.

Established : 2009

Chairman Message



Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Prof. Peter Kovalenko pi************* Ukraine Chair
2 Mr. Momir Vranes mo************* Australia Vice Chair
3 Dr. Shavkat M. Kenjabaev ke************* Uzbekistan Secretary
4 Dr. Alexander Solovyev 34************* Russia Member
5 Dr. Andrii Shatkovskyi an************* Ukraine Member
6 Dr. Katsuyuki SHIMIZU sh************* Japan Member
7 Dr. Mohamed Abd El Moneim Wahba ms************* Egypt Member
8 Mr. R.K. Agarwal rk************* India Member
9 Mr. Rafaquat Ali wa************* Pakistan Member
10 Dr. Usman Khalid Awan u.************* Pakistan Member
11 Dr. Ya-Wen Chueh ya************* Chinese Taipei Committee Member
12 Mr. Burhan Yavuz by************* Turkey Provisional Member
13 Mr. Hayreddin Erşan ha************* Turkey Provisional Member

In addition to the below membership, representatives from FAO, (Prof. Daene C. McKinney ) IWRA and World Bank are Permanent Observer


The 69th IEC meeting held at Saskatoon, Canada in August 2018 recommended for the re-establishment of the WG-IDSST with a revised mandate and also suggested to report to PCTA under Strategy Theme ‘Basin’.


Special Work Team on Aral Sea Basin (ST-ARAL) renamed as Working Group on Irrigation and Drainage in States with Transition Economy (WG-IDST) at 60th IEC, 2009, New Delhi, India


Presentations of WG-IDSST Vitual Meeting, 26 May 2022

1. Role of Agricultural Drainage and Challenges Facing it in Africa by Dr. Mohamed A.S Wahba, Vice President Hon., ICID

2. Integrated Water Resources Management in Central Asia - Challenges, Experiences and Achievements by Dr. Shukhrat Mukhamedjanov

CA Water Information

Scientific Information Center of the Interstate Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia (SICICWC)

Presentations: Bali, Indonesia, 2019

  1. Activities of Tajikistan National Commission on Irrigation and Drainage
  2. Introduction of Innovative Water Saving Technologies
  3. JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program Appropriate Management of Land and Water Resources for Sustainable Agriculture in Arid and Semi-arid Regions
  4. Evaluation of farming activities supported by climate sub-loans
  5. Cooperation for the Aral Sea Basin following New Initiatives of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  6. The results of the implementation of remote sensing in the water sector of Central Asia

Report: Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2016

Presentations: Gwangju, September 2014

  1. Daily water use planning and irrigation schedule in farms - Sh. Sh. Mukhamedjanov (Republic of Uzbekistan)
  2. Improvement of the Condition of Irrigated Land and Efficiency of Water Use is a Guarantee of Sustainable Development - Sh. Khamraev (Republic of Uzbekistan)

Reports: Gwangju, September 2014

  1. The Role of Donors in Addressing Water Problems in Central ASIA by Prof. Victor A. Dukhovny, Vadim I. Sokolov, and Dinara R.Ziganshina
  2. State-of-the-Art and Prospects for Reconstruction of Effective Use of Irrigation and Drainage Systems in Ukraine
  3. Improvement of the Condition of Irrigated Land and Efficiency of Water Use is a Guarantee of Sustainable Development by Khamraev, Sh.R.
  4. Water as a Source of Future Development of Kazakhstan by Ryabtsev Anatoliy Dmitriyevich and Ryabcev Anatoly
  5. Materials of the Working Group of the Countries in Transition





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