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Upcoming Events
1st Middle East Regional Conference, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-28 February 2024
Theme: Integrated Irrigation Sector Management for Sustainable Development; Contact: Mr. Amjed Almajed, President, Saudi Arabian National Committee Saudi Arabian National Committee of ICID, Email: a.almajed@sio.gov.sa; Website - https://sacid2024.sio.gov.sa/ 
14th International Drainage Workshop, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 30 May - 1 June 2024
Theme: Modernization of Irrigation and Drainage Systems for Adaptation to Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Contact:  Dr. Bahrom Gaforzoda, Secretary, Tajikistan National Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (TajNCID), Gbahrom_75@mal.ru For more information please visit the link https://tajncid.tj/  
75th International Executive Council Meeting and 9th Asian Regional Conference (AsRC), Sydney, Australia; 01 - 07, September 2024
Theme: Irrigation’s role in delivering economically viable food security and sustainable urban spaces in an increasingly unpredictable climate
Contact: David Cameron; dave.cameron@irrigation.org.au
6th African Regional Conference, Abuja, Nigeria, 14-15 April 2025  
Theme:  “Tackling Irrigation Development and Water Management Crisis in Africa. 
76th IEC Meeting & 4th World Irrigation Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 7-13 September 2025
Theme: Challenges and Future Needs in Modernization of Irrigation for Food Security and Sustainability; Contact: mancidmalaysia@gmail.com, mancid.org@gmail.com 
11th International Micro Irrigation Conference,  Baghdad, Iraq, 2025
77th IEC & 26th ICID Congress, Marseille, France, 12-18 October 2026
Theme: “Agriculture and climate change: stakes and levers for irrigation and drainage.” 
78th IEC & 5th World Irrigation Forum (WIF5), at Guoce International Conference & Exhibition Center, Beijing, China, 2027

Water, as the key natural resource, is fundamental to all economic, social and environmental development processes. Thus, efficient water resources management is essential for achieving poverty reduction through sustainable water management in irrigated agriculture. Proper irrigation systems can secure uninterrupted agriculture. Irrigation schemes play a key role in assuring timely and adequate agricultural water supply apart from other benefits. ICID has taken an initiative to document development of irrigation in the World through irrigation schemes. The register will fulfil a much-awaited global repository of information in the systematic irrigation and agricultural water management.  the register is being implementing as a collaborative effort of National Committees of ICID and other interested entities dealing with irrigation and drainage. Please Visit

The Commission thrives on its worldwide network of experts from multifarious disciplines from 78 countries, who came together in the interest of global water management. All are members contribute to this higher cause by offering their voluntary services. 

Currently, there are two different kinds of membership categories; National Committees and Direct Members.  National Committees (NC) represent their countries mostly through their government departments responsible for irrigation, drainage or agricultural water management. 

Companies, institutions, and individuals can also participate in ICID activities through their respective NCs or as Direct Members (DM). Professionals, individuals and officers of a government or of an institution or institutions - government and non-government; and companies, effectively representing interests within the scope of the objects of the Commission can participate in ICID activities through Direct Membership, to further the objects of the Commission in their countries or sovereign areas. More Details
AI reveals how microplastics are harming global soil and agriculture
28 December 2023
The study’s use of AI machine learning to analyze microplastics influence on soil represents a significant advancement in understanding and addressing the plastic waste challenge.
Severe drought in Panama hits agriculture, animal husbandry
27 December 2023
The El Nino-induced severe drought in Panama has seriously impacted local agriculture and animal husbandry as the country heads toward an exceptionally longer dry season next year with few rainfalls.
Ten top sustainable agriculture stories of 2023
26 December 2023
In Kenya, small-scale onshore aquaculture combined with sustainable agroecology practices is boosting food security and incomes for smallholder farmers.
Moments of hope and resilience from the climate frontlines
30 December 2023
Future Planet's team of climate reporters write from across five continents to describe what they witnessed as the world warmed in 2023.
The foods the world will lose to climate change
29 December 2023
As the agriculture sector looks toward 2024, crop scientists are working to get ahead of ruinously unstable weather. They are envisioning adaptations for both growing systems and plants themselves. But time is not on their side.
World will look back at 2023 as year humanity exposed its inability to tackle climate crisis, scientists say
29 December 2023
The latest to state it will be a record was the Japanese meteorological agency, which measured temperatures in 2023 at 0.53C above the global average between 1991 and 2020.
After COP28, questions remain for communities struggling with climate change
27 December 2023
The COP28 final decision reiterated a call from 2021 for developed countries “to at least double” adaptation finance for developing nations, and an agreement was reached to prepare a report to assess progress on that effort. 
Amazon drought: 'We've never seen anything like this'
26 December 2023
The Amazon rainforest experienced its worst drought on record in 2023. Many villages became unreachable by river, wildfires raged and wildlife died. Some scientists worry events like these are a sign that the world's biggest forest is fast approaching a point of no return.
Changing climate casts a shadow over the future of the Panama Canal – and global trade
22 December 2023
Facing a near unprecedented ‘rainfall deficit’, the Panama Canal has been forced to restrict the number of vessels passing through it.
Massive waves on California coast cause flooding, force evacuations
31 December 2023
The National Weather Service in Los Angeles forecast significant flooding in low-lying coastal areas with powerful waves and strong rip current posing an "exceptional risk" of drowning and damage to structures like piers and jetties.
Asia and the Pacific Food Security Forum 2024: Addressing a regional crisis and fostering long-term resilience
30 December 2023
The forum's primary objective is to provide a platform for stakeholder to collectively address the regional food crisis.
Digital agriculture for India’s women farmers could transform food security. Here’s how
27 December 2023
Like India, across developing nations women farmers face the challenges of limited access to financial and agriculture resources, education and training, as well as unfair wages and a lack of access to market opportunities.
Food security symposium addresses urgency amid climate crisis
22 December 2023
Commencing the symposium, Ban Ki-moon, former secretary-general of the United Nations, was to deliver a special keynote speech addressing climate change and the imminent food crisis.
Study shows that planting less water-intensive crops in the western United States would help alleviate water scarcity
8 December 2023
Across the world, irrigation dominates freshwater consumption, accounting for 88% of all the freshwater consumed on a global scale. In the western United States, this is no different, as irrigated farming is the leading driver of water depletion in the region.
How do Tibetans protect water sources in NW China?
31 December 2023
To protect the area's water sources, they picked up rubbish at water sources, built altars and had eminent monks perform ceremonies, reviving their traditions regarding water conservation. 
Drinking toilet water may be the future of drought-stricken California
22 December 2023
The new policy does not mandate water companies to distribute water via direct potable reuse, but allows them to so, in a move that could help conserve scarce resources and reduce the amount of waste released into seas and natural waterways.
Responsible Water Management and Circular Economy, Mar 03, 2024 - Mar 06, 2024, Email : info@rwc.iitr.ac.in, Web: https://www.iitr.ac.in/rwc/
Global Water Summit, 15th - 17th April 2024, London, Uk,
4th International Baghdad Water Conference, Theme - Towards a Better Water Future: Together We Can, Apr 27, 2024 - Apr 29, 2024; Baghdad, Iraq. https://baghdad-iwc.com/
10th World Water Forum, 18th - 24th May 2024 - The World Water Forum is the largest international gathering in the water sector involving various stakeholders, which has been co-hosted by the World Water Council and a host city. The Forum is held every three years and has been taking place since 1997. The World Water Forum includes a three-year preparation phase (preparatory phase), a one-week event (event phase), and a presentation of the results (synthesis phase) with ongoing support for collective action. https://worldwaterforum.org/

Global Climate Litigation Report: 2023 Status Review

Climate litigation represents a frontier solution to change the dynamics of the fight against climate change. This Global Climate Litigation Report: 2023 Status Review shows that people are increasingly turning to the courts to combat the climate crisis. As of December 2022, there have been 2,180 climate-related cases filed in 65 jurisdictions, including international and regional courts, tribunals, quasi-judicial bodies, or other adjudicatory bodies, such as Special Procedures at the United Nations and arbitration tribunals. https://www.unep.org/resources/report/global-climate-litigation-report-2023-status-review


Climate Crossroads: Fiscal Policies in a Warming World - The report takes stock of mitigation policies across countries and presents the trilemma facing policymakers of balancing between achieving climate goals, debt sustainability, and political feasibility. https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/FM/Issues/2023/10/10/fiscal-monitor-october-2023


Climate Change 2023: Synthesis Report - The much-anticipated Climate Change 2023: Synthesis Report is based on years of work by hundreds of scientists during the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) sixth assessment cycle which began in 2015. https://www.unep.org/resources/report/climate-change-2023-synthesis-report


State of the world's drinking water: This report presents data on the links between water, health and development and the status of drinking water, with actionable recommendations to accelerate access to safe drinking water. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240060807


The United Nations World Water Development Report 2022: Groundwater Making the invisible visible



Europe’s groundwater — a key resource under pressure 

‘Groundwater: making the invisible visible' is the World Water Day theme for 22 March 2022. In recognition of it, this briefing provides an overview of the state of groundwater in the EU.



FAO Publication: Sustainable management of freshwater resources for food security and nutrition in Small Island Developing States https://www.fao.org/3/cb7200en/cb7200en.pdf


FAO-UN WASAG STRATEGY for 2021-2024: The Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture

Turning water scarcity into opportunities for sustainable agriculture, food security & nutrition



Irrigation & Drainage in Republic of Uzbekistan History & Modern State: Towards the 70th anniversary of the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID)


       Articles available via complimentary online access @https://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/ird
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