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Work Team on Environmental Impacts of Reclamation Projects (1986) Renamed Working Group on Environmental Impacts of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control Projects (WG-ENV) (1986).  WG on Environmental Impacts of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control Projects (1986-2008) changed its name WG on Environment (2008)


The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) was established on 24 June, 1950 as a Scientific, Technical and Voluntary Not-for-profit Non-Governmental International Organization (NGO) with headquarters in New Delhi, India.

The Commission is dedicated to enhancing the worldwide supply of food and fibre for all people by improving water and land management and the productivity of irrigated and drained lands through appropriate management of water, environment and application of irrigation, drainage and flood management techniques. [For more information contact http://www.icid.org]



WG-ENV Meeting 2009

The WG-ENV held its 1st meeting on 6 December 2009 at New Delhi in which 44 persons were present including WG members and observers. It was proposed that WG-ENV to look for cooperation with other WG’s within ICID and organizations outside ICID, e.g. IUCN. President Dr. Chandra Madramootoo stated that environmental flow issues as well as drainage return flows are of interest to ICID and should be discussed within the WG-ENV, both from a water quantity and quality perspective.

The WG deliberated the issue of new Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary during the meeting. For continuity of the activities, it was decided that the present Chair will continue as the New Chairman. The present Vice Chair and Secretary will continue as well. Presentations were made during the WG-ENV workshop held at New Delhi. The Working Group is organizing a Workshop on “Nutrient leaching from agricultural soils: loads to groundwater and surface water systems and water quality issues” during 61st IEC meeting at Yogyakarata on 12 December 2010.

Ms. Katharine Cross (IUCN) sought ICID’s cooperation with IUCN and Environmental Flows Network in future as they would like the perspective of the agriculture sector in the network. More information on their network is available at www.eflownet.org.