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


Water from various origins is used to supply irrigation: Surface water from close resource or transported on long distance, groundwater from shallow water tables or from deep aquifers as well. Multiple resources may be available at the same place, differing in operation cost, in quantity and in quality. Other usages may compete with irrigation. Therefore, an assessment of the total amount of water available during an irrigation season is essential for determining the optimal consumptive as well as non-consumptive use, the latter remaining available for a second usage. Dependent on the local conditions, groundwater irrigation may be more efficient than surface water schemes. Both may be used together on the same spot. However, especially in arid and semi-arid conditions, there is often a need to stop over-exploitation and ensure sustainable use by technological and institutional interventions so that, where possible, storages could be used during the drought periods.

Sustainable water management at both resource and system level is not only an important requirement in support of global food production, but also for the livelihood of the rural population and for environment. In addition there is the important aspect of integrated river basin management where irrigation is generally the major water user. In quite numerous systems there is 'over' irrigation, which may result in waterlogging, salinization and wasting of water. On the other hand 'deficit' irrigation may result in yield reductions and salinization of the root zone. Therefore a crucial question is what would be optimal water development strategy and management approach in irrigation under the local conditions. The WG will be exploring the subjects under its scope from perspective of”schemes” and thus is relevant to the Thematic Area.

Scoping Document



(a) assessment of consumptive use of water for irrigation and resulting water balance at system level; (b) water demand management according to available resource(s) and system capacity; (c) assessment of water loss in various components of irrigation systems, appraisal of water made available for another use downstream (non-consumptive); (d) ground water development and management for irrigation including conjunctive use of surface and groundwater in irrigation, artificial recharge of aquifers from canals "losses" and "excessive" irrigation; (e) water measuring methods and devices and relevant technology (flow rates and volumes); (f) drivers for and resistances at system level to improve irrigation management; (g) social issues to be considered along with technical and economical ones; (h) management of multi-use hydraulic systems, and interdependence between uses; (i) performance evaluation of irrigation schemes and benchmarking; (j) ways towards economic performance enhancement (cost reduction and efficiency improvement).

Established : 2015
Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Mrs. Mary Jean M. Gabriel Ma************* South Africa Chair
2 Mr. Ahmet Seren as************* Turkey Vice Chair
3 Dr. Katsuyuki SHIMIZU sh************* Japan Secretary
4 Dr. Akie MUKAI mu************* Japan Member
5 Eng. Ali Mohamed Ahmed Elhaj al************* Sudan Member
6 Eng. El Sayed El Yamani Ali Sarkees y1************* Egypt Member
7 Dr. (Ms.) Eman Ragab Mohamed Nofal - Young Professional em************* Egypt Member
8 Dr. Gamal Mohamed Elkassar ge************* Egypt Member
9 Prof. L.B. Roy - Direct Member lb************* India Member
10 Dr. (Ms.) Liu Jing - Young Professional ji************* China Member
11 Ir. Mat Hussin Bin Ghani ma************* Malaysia Member
12 Dr. Ming Young Jan ag************* Chinese Taipei Committee Member
13 Dr. Narges Zohrabi na************* Iran Member
14 Mr. Tariq Altaf ta************* Pakistan Member
15 Dr. Waleed Hassan M. Abou El Hassan Wa************* Egypt Member
16 Dr. Wu Jingwei ji************* China Member
17 Prof. (Ms.) Chen Jing ch************* China Provisional Member
18 Dr. Hwa-Lung Yu hl************* Chinese Taipei Committee Provisional Member
19 Prof. Jiesheng Huang sd************* China Provisional Member
20 Dr. Khumbulani Dhavu dh************* South Africa Provisional Member
21 Mr. Mohamad Radzi Bin Abdul Talib ra************* Malaysia Provisional Member
22 Dr. Sheng-Wei Wang wa************* Chinese Taipei Committee Provisional Member
23 Dr. A. Hafied A. Gany ha************* Indonesia Permanent Observer
24 Mr. Ian William Makin ia************* United Kingdom Permanent Observer

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