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

WORKING GROUP ON WATER SAVING IN IRRIGATED AREAS (WG-WATS)

Today, agriculture consumes 70 percent of all global water withdrawn for consumptive use, up to 95 percent in several arid and semi-arid countries.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
Membership
Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Mr. Mehrzad Ehsani ir************* Iran Chair
2 Mr. Adama SANGARE a.************* Mali Vice Chair
3 Mr. Mortaza Yazdkhasti - Young Professional ya************* Iran Secretary
4 Mr. Abijit Joshi jo************* India Member
5 Dr. Ashfaq Ahmed Sheikh as************* Pakistan Member
6 Dr. Deepak Khare - Direct Member kh************* India Member
7 Ir. Felipe Dantas fe************* Australia Member
8 Prof. Gu Tao 13************* China Member
9 Eng. (Ms.) Hala Ramadan El-Sayed Ismail ha************* Egypt Member
10 Er. Isomiddin Akramov is************* Uzbekistan Member
11 Ms. Jianxin Mu ji************* China Member
12 Dr Joe Stevens Jo************* South Africa Member
13 Prof. Michele Pernoila in************* Italy Member
14 Dr. Mohamed El-Hagarey el************* Egypt Member
15 Dr. Mohamed H. Amer dr************* Egypt Member
16 Dr. P. Soman dr************* India Member
17 Prof. Qi Xuebin qx************* China Member
18 Eng. Rafat Nael AbdulGhani Al-Intaki ra************* Iraq Member
19 Prof. Dr. Ray Shyan Wu ra************* Chinese Taipei Committee Member
20 Dr. Tasuku Kato ta************* Japan Member
21 Mr. Yalçin  Dalgin ya************* Turkey Member
22 Dr. Yujiang Xiong xi************* China Member
23 Dr. Man Singh ma************* India Provisional Member
24 Dr. Muhammad Ashraf mu************* Pakistan Provisional Member

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