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

With the rapid development of economy and the increasing growth of population, Shortage of fresh water becomes a global problem. Agriculture is the biggest water consumer nearly accounting for 70% of the total water supply worldwide. Use of Non-Conventional Water Resources for irrigation could meet such fresh water shortage. Non-Conventional waters consist of raw domestic/industrial wastewater, reclaimed water, agricultural drainage water, mining water, harvested rainwater, and brackish/saline groundwater. In many developing countries, a major part of the wastewater generated by domestic and industrial sectors is used for crop production in an untreated or partly treated form. The protection of public health and the environment are the main concerns associated with uncontrolled wastewater irrigation. In other words, the quality of the produced food, the consumer safety and the health of farm workers are of great concern. Other concerns include the salinity and heavy metal accumulation and pollution caused by nutrient leaching. In fact, secondary ef?uent contains dissolved solids, heavy metals, pesticides and pathogens that might jeopardize sustainable agriculture, groundwater quality, soil quality/ productivity and human health, however, the nutrients contained in such waste water are bene?cial for agriculture up to certain concentrations.

It is very important to prevent contamination and reduce contamination risks for NCWRI, therefore, a set of techniques, policies and strategies must be considered in the process of planning, designing, operation and management.

Scoping Document


Strategy Themes: On-Farm

(a) Exchanging knowledge, experience and data as well as networking on the topic in order to be up- to- date with new developments, methods and approaches; (b) Preparing comprehensive reviews and prospects with respect to different aspects of NCWR; (c) Producing technical manuals, guidelines or standards with respect to all NCWR including waste water, drainage water and saline/brackish water; (d) Organizing international workshops, seminars and meetings on the NCWR topic; (e) Producing documents on successful case studies with the new developments with respect to NCWR presented by the members from different countries; (f) Enlarging the membership of the WG by encouraging more member countries where the use of non-conventional waters is a com.mon practice for irrigation management; and (g) Finalizing the publication of a Technical Paper pending from the activities of the WG-PQW.

Established : 2018
Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Dr. Wenyong Wu we************* China Chair
2 Prof. Tapas Kumar Biswas ta************* Australia Vice Chair
3 Dr. (Ms.) Anna Tadeschi an************* Italy Member
4 Dr. Ashish Pandey - Direct Member as************* India Member
5 Dr. Chihhao Fan ch************* Chinese Taipei Committee Member
6 Ms. Jigyasha Rai Yangkhurung - Young Professional ji************* Nepal Member
7 Dr. Karim Shiati ka************* Iran Member
8 Engr. Mohamed Ouhssain ou************* Morocco Member
9 Dr. Mohamed Shaban M. Abu Salama sa************* Egypt Member
10 Dr. Muhammad Munir Ahmad mu************* Pakistan Member
11 Prof. Qi Xuebin qx************* China Member
12 Prof. Dr. Ragab Ragab ra************* United Kingdom Member
13 Dr. Ratan Chand Jain ra************* India Member
14 Dr. Sheng-Wei Wang wa************* Chinese Taipei Committee Member
15 Dr. Shu Yuan Pan sy************* Chinese Taipei Committee Member
16 Prof. Sunil D. Gorantiwar sd************* India Member
17 Dr. Tasuku Kato ta************* Japan Member
18 Dr. Usman Khalid Awan u.************* Pakistan Member
19 Dr. Bilge Omar bi************* Turkey Provisional Member
20 Ms. Senem Yildirim se************* Turkey Provisional Member

In addition to the below representatives from FAO, ICBA - UAE are Permanent Observers.



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