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

WORKING GROUP ON MODERNIZATION AND REVITALIZATION OF IRRIGATION SCHEMES (WG-M&R)

Water scarcity and the resulting need for its efficient use is a global challenge. In some countries there are also increasing land use intensification impacts on water quality driven by irrigation. The investment in irrigation systems is considerable. For example in a modern agricultural context the irrigation system investment behind the farm gate is frequently greater than the water storage and distribution infrastructure. Ensuring that irrigation schemes are designed, installed, managed and maintained well is essential if production gains, subsequent direct, indirect and induced economic benefits are to be realized, all whilst managing direct and indirect environmental impacts. It may be expected that in the coming period most of the activities in irrigation will be in the field of modernization and enhancement of existing schemes. For a certain number of schemes revitalizations will be required, before modernization activities can be undertaken, or such activities may be undertaken in combination. The revitalization concerns the broader policy and strategy aspects of Governments with respect to actual activities with respect to the modernization of irrigation schemes.

About two-third of recent international financing for irrigation and drainage and almost all World Bank lending in the sector in the last decade has been for rehabilitation and upgrading of large-scale irrigation infrastructure. Much of this investment has addressed the huge backlog in deferred maintenance and repairs, supported by related reforms in institutions and management. Moving further; ICID felt the need to focus on modernizing irrigation services as this was one of the lacunas in many developing countries. Modernization of service through upgrading existing infrastructure is a challenging technical and institutional problem. New solutions are needed, based on new management options and widely available technologies. In order to provide a continuing focus for sustainable improvement of irrigation service delivery through progressive modernization of infrastructure, management and institutions, ICID established the Working Group on Modernization and Revitalization of Irrigation Schemes (WG-M&R). The WG is concerned with the lack of progress on modernization of services relative to the focus on improving the infrastructure elements of the irrigation system. The group closely works with FAO and other international organizations in developing and promoting strategies and tools like ‘Benchmarking’ and ‘MASSCOTE’ to monitor and evaluate performance of irrigation schemes.Water scarcity and the resulting need for its efficient use is a global challenge. In some countries there are also increasing land use intensification impacts on water quality driven by irrigation. The investment in irrigation systems is considerable. For example in a modern agricultural context the irrigation system investment behind the farm gate is frequently greater than the water storage and distribution infrastructure. Ensuring that irrigation schemes are designed, installed, managed and maintained well is essential if production gains, subsequent direct, indirect and induced economic benefits are to be realized, all whilst managing direct and indirect environmental impacts. It may be expected that in the coming period most of the activities in irrigation will be in the field of modernization and enhancement of existing schemes. For a certain number of schemes revitalizations will be required, before modernization activities can be undertaken, or such activities may be undertaken in combination. The revitalization concerns the broader policy and strategy aspects of Governments with respect to actual activities with respect to the modernization of irrigation schemes.

About two-third of recent international financing for irrigation and drainage and almost all World Bank lending in the sector in the last decade has been for rehabilitation and upgrading of large-scale irrigation infrastructure. Much of this investment has addressed the huge backlog in deferred maintenance and repairs, supported by related reforms in institutions and management. Moving further; ICID felt the need to focus on modernizing irrigation services as this was one of the lacunas in many developing countries. Modernization of service through upgrading existing infrastructure is a challenging technical and institutional problem. New solutions are needed, based on new management options and widely available technologies. In order to provide a continuing focus for sustainable improvement of irrigation service delivery through progressive modernization of infrastructure, management and institutions, ICID established the Working Group on Modernization and Revitalization of Irrigation Schemes (WG-M&R). The WG is concerned with the lack of progress on modernization of services relative to the focus on improving the infrastructure elements of the irrigation system. The group closely works with FAO and other international organizations in developing and promoting strategies and tools like ‘Benchmarking’ and ‘MASSCOTE’ to monitor and evaluate performance of irrigation schemes.


 

Mandate:

To investigate, analyse, disseminate information on new developments and to formulate recommendations with respect to: Planning and preparation for modernization and revitalization of irrigation schemes; Interaction between modernization, revitalization and required operation and maintenance; Cost sharing for modernization, revitalization and required operation and maintenance; Institutional and organizational framework required for modernization, revitalization and operation and maintenance; Methods and techniques of lining of conveyance and distribution canals; Canal control systems with respect to their automation, using internet, mobile communication and remote monitoring in canal operation; Modification to improve communication, operational capacities and flexibility in operation and maintenance of systems; Standardization and codes of practice in irrigation systems.


Established : 2015
Membership
Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Mr. Ian William Makin ia************* United Kingdom Chair
2 Dr. Dong Bin do************* China Vice Chair
3 Engr. Muhammad Sani Bala ms************* Nigeria Secretary
4 Dr. Ali Omran Ali al************* Iraq Member
5 Dr. Brian T. Wahlin bw************* USA Member
6 Dr. Chih Hung Tan ch************* Chinese Taipei Committee Member
7 Mr. Dinesh Bhatt di************* Nepal Member
8 Ir. Eko Subekti es************* Indonesia Member
9 Mr. Jan Potgieter ja************* South Africa Member
10 Prof. Kwang Sik Yoon ks************* South Korea Member
11 Dr. Li Yalong ly************* China Member
12 Mr. Mehrzad Ehsani ir************* Iran Member
13 Mr. Mohd Yazid bin Abdullah ir************* Malaysia Member
14 Dr. Mohsen Barahimi mb************* Iran Member
15 Dr. Mona Liza Delos Reyes mf************* Philippines Member
16 M. Omid Moridnejaad - Young Professional o.************* Iran Member
17 Engr. Reyne B. Ugay r_************* Philippines Member
18 Dr. Sanjay Madhukar Belsare be************* India Member
19 Dr. Shi Yuan - Young Professional 86************* China Member
20 Dr. Shinji FUKUDA sh************* Japan Member
21 Prof. Sunil D. Gorantiwar sd************* India Member
22 Prof. Dr. Tarek Ahmed El-Samman ta************* Egypt Member
23 Dr. Toshihiko KUNO to************* Japan Member
24 Mr. Usman-e- Ghani un************* Pakistan Member
25 Mrs. Zaineb Mohammed Akram zo************* Iraq Member
26 Mr. Alan Kendall Clark ac************* United Kingdom Observer
27 Dr. (Ms.) Neelam Patel ne************* India Provisional Member
28 Dr. Wu Di wu************* China Provisional Member
29 Dr. Alok Sikka a.************* India Permanent Observer
30 Dr. Petra Schmitter (World Bank) ps************* Myanmar Permanent Observer

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