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WORKING GROUP ON HISTORY OF IRRIGATION, DRAINAGE AND FLOOD CONTROL (WG-HIST)

Future is often the reflection of the past. The rapid changes that are taking place around the world over a few decades have, however, cautioned us to learn from it. One can learn by studying the past processes, the causes of successes and failures, despite new complexities.

Working Group on History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control (WG-HIST) has worked over the years to motivate ICID National Committees in various countries to set up their national working groups and provide guidance to compile, publish, update and/or translate documents on history of irrigation, drainage, flood management, and river engineering, incorporating relevant agricultural, political, socio-economic, climatologic and geographic aspects for proper understanding of the technological developments. The WG has brought out many outstanding publications and presently exploring the possibility of compiling a book on “Water Sustainability through History”. The Group also organizes a History Seminar at the time of ICID Congresses, on regular basis.
 


Notification No. 2 of 2018 - Establishment of WG-HIST


Committee on assembling irrigation efficiency data (1974-1978) Constituted as Committee on History of Irrigation (1978).  Renamed as Committee on History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control (C-HIST) in the year 1998 and again renamed as Working Group on History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control (WG-HIST) in the year 2000


 

Mandate: (a) To motivate ICID National Committees in various countries to set up their National Working Groups on History; (b) To provide guidance to compile, publish, update and/or translate documents on history of irrigation, drainage, and flood management; (c) To promote inter—disciplinary exchange of information, knowledge and experience, as well as networking on the topic (agricultural, political, socio-economic, climatologically and geographical, aspects) for proper understanding of the technological developments on the subject; (d) To organize seminars at ICID Congresses to enhance awareness of Water history; (e) To prepare a paper on “Historical Water Sustainability” for publication in Irrigation and Drainage (IRD) Journal; (f) To finalize a book on “Historical Water Sustainability”. and (g) To encourage member countries to produce documentaries on Water History.

Established : 1998
Membership
Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Dr. Kamran Emami kkemami@gmail.com Iran Chair
2 Mr. Charles L.   Abernethy abernethy@itmin.net United Kingdom Member
3 Dr. Sinite YU dryu.tiiwe@gmail.com Chinese Taipei Committee Member
4 Dr. Ahmed Adam Ibrahim ahmed_akabo@yahoo.com Sudan Member
5 Prof. Dr. Yutaka MATSUNO matsuno@nara.kindai.ac.jp Japan Member
6 Dr. Masaomi KIMURA mkimura@nara.kindai.ac.jp Japan Member
7 Eng. Ahmed Awad Hag Abd-Elnabi eng_ahmed_awad@yahoo.com Egypt Member
8 Dr. Dia El Din Ahmed El Quosy lmewp2000@gmail.com Egypt Member
9 Dr. Laszlo G. Hayde l.hayde@unesco-ihe.org Hungary Member
10 Dr. Shivaji T. Sangle sanglest@yahoo.co.in India Member
11 Dr. A. Hafied A. Gany hafiedgany@yahoo.com Indonesia Member
12 Engr. Sirika Ahmad Abubakar sirikaahmad@gmail.com Nigeria Member
13 Dr. Gerhard Backeberg gerhardb@wrc.org.za South Africa Member
14 Mr. Chaiwat Prechawit c_prechawit@hotmail.com Thailand Member
15 Mr. Ju Chang Kim kljckim@naver.com South Korea Member
16 Mr. Wang Li wangli@iwhr.com China Provisional Member
17 Dr. (Ing.) Klaus Röttcher - Direct Member k.roettcher@ostfalia.de Germany Permanent Observer
18 Dr. (Mrs.) B. Dolfing Netherlands Permanent Observer
19 Dr. Ir. M. Ertsen (IWHA) m.w.ertsen@tudelft.nl Netherlands Permanent Observer

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE+

In the long history of mankind, the 21st century would be very distinct from the other centuries and may be considered as the most challenging era for humanity. In this context, ensuring sustainability of water systems in changing and unknown circumstances is one of the most crucial challenges.

 

 

The development of societies in the last 5,000 years is closely connected with water management problems that have shaped the relevant society and its structures. In the course of the centuries, systems and methods worked out under these conditions have conclusively demonstrated their sustainability. Today, the knowledge and structural remains of these methods are not only interesting archaeologically and historically, but can also help solve current problems.

 

In view of Data, Information, Knowledge, Intelligence and Wisdom hierarchy studied in knowledge management, the water wisdom of the past which was achieved in a period of hundreds of years, can be regarded as a unique and irreplaceable gift from our ancestors to our generation.

 

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