WORKING GROUP ON WATER SAVING IN IRRIGATED AREAS (WG-WATS)
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Today, agriculture consumes 70 percent of all global water withdrawn for consumptive use, up to 95 percent in several arid and semi-arid countries. In fact, irrigated agriculture has played a major role in the development of rural economies, supporting economic growth and poverty reduction. The irrigation water, passing from its source to the field and then finally consume by crops, has been through many links, including water resources allocation, conveyance, distribution, irrigation, soil evaporation and plant transpiration, etc. So, corresponding measures should be taken at each of these links. In order to reflect the essence of water-saving irrigation in a comprehensive and objective way and make the issue less complicated, the irrigation water consumption, irrigation water using efficiency, and engineering and technical requirements, etc. have been selected as the key criteria on water saving in irrigated land.

There is a vast range of techniques and technologies available for minimizing water losses and maximizing water saving in agriculture and efficient use of irrigation water, ranging from simple tubes for field water application to sophisticated canal automation and telemetry. Water saving practices in irrigated agriculture can be categorized as engineering, management, technology, technique, policies and institutional. The success of these parameters depends on the level of their integration and socio-economic dimensions of a given locality. The modern irrigation knows how to use less water to produce more agriculture products.


Scoping Document


 

Mandate: The working group discussed the scoping document during the meeting which was accepted in general however some new idea emerged which WG decided to consider in the work plan. WG recommended the following mandate: (a) water accounting and irrigation auditing (and other ancillary uses); (b) irrigation water measuring devices; (c) assessment of water loss in various components of irrigation systems; (d) various methods and techniques used for water saving in irrigation; (e) policies and strategies for irrigation water saving; (f) charging for Irrigation Services; (g) success stories and best management practices in water saving; (h) tools and processes applied in irrigation water saving; (i) outreach of water saving technologies; and (j) WatSave Awards.
Established : 2015
Sl. No. Name Email Country Membership
1 Mr. Mehrzad Ehsani irncid@gmail.com Iran Chair
2 Mr. Adama SANGARE a.sangare@betico.net Mali Vice Chair
3 Mr. Mortaza Yazdkhasti yazdekhasti_m@yahoo.com Iran Secretary
4 Ms. Jianxin Mu jianxin.mu@gmail.com China Member
5 Dr Joe Stevens Joe.Stevens@up.ac.za South Africa Member
6 Prof. Michele Pernoila info@italicid.it Italy Member
7 Dr. Mohamed El-Hagarey elhagarey@gmail.com Egypt Member
8 Er. Isomiddin Akramov isomiddinakramov@gmail.com Uzbekistan Member
9 Mr. Abijit Joshi joshi.abhijit@jains.com India Member
10 Mr. S. Mohanarajah mohanarajah@sltnet.lk Sri Lanka Member
11 Eng. Rafat Nael AbdulGhani Al-Intaki rafatnael@yahoo.com Iraq Member
12 Mr. Yalçin    Dalgin yalcinda@dsi.gov.tr Turkey Member
13 Eng. (Ms.) Hala Ramadan El-Sayed Ismail hala_ramadan2000@yahoo.com Egypt Member
14 Ir. Felipe Dantas felipe.dantas@valmont.com Australia Member
15 Prof. (Ms.) Kyung Sook Choi ks.choi@knu.ac.kr South Korea Member
16 Dr. Mohamed H. Amer dramer1933@gmail.com Egypt Member
17 Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed Sheikh ashfaq_sheikh@hotmail.com Pakistan Member
18 Dr. Tasuku Kato taskkato@cc.tuat.ac.jp Japan Member
19 Dr. P. Soman dr.soman@jains.com India Member
20 Prof. Ray-Shyan   Wu ctcid@triwra.org.tw Chinese Taipei Committee Member
21 Mr. Dhuha Mahmood Hussein duha.mahmood@yahoo.com Iraq Provisional Member