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(Erstwhile Working Group on Environmental Impacts of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control Projects;
1986 -2008)



International Workshop on Irrigation, Water Quality and Environmental Flows
Adelaide, Australia, June 2012

This workshop is being organised under the auspices of the International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage’s (ICID) Work Group on the Use of Poor Quality Water for Irrigation (WG-PQW) and the Working Group on Environment (WG-ENV). It will be held in conjunction with ICID’s 63rd International Executive Council Meeting.

General scoping & Objectives

The workshop aims to addressing both input and output waters in irrigation, as key interfaces between irrigation systems and the environment. A first sub-theme concerns the quality of input water in irrigation, with a special focus on poor quality water, and related issues. A second sub-theme refers to drainage waters, as return flow and the potential contribution to Environmental Flow Requirements, EFR. This Workshop will bring together experts from all over the world to discuss their experience with using different types of poor quality water and how these should be managed to minimise environmental impacts and promote sustainable practices. The state-of-the-art, and experiences on Requirement for Environmental Flow assessment, interactions with irrigation, impacts of REF implementation will be discussed. A multidisciplinary perspective with many dimensions of the interactions between irrigation, REF and other uses will be debated

[ More details & Call for Papers ]


Applying measurement and modelling to improve estimates of solute leaching losses
- Michael van der Laan
Simulation based optimization and monitoring of N
- Sabine Walser
Internal drainage and leaching under water table conditions: Lessons learnt from case studies in South Africa
- Leon van Rensburg
Wetlands as means of reducing nutrient load from agricultural fields
- Osmo Purhonen
Water and nutrients in the Australian landscape
- Clarke Ballard
Nitrogen leaching from agricultural soils in China
- Hu Heping
Introduction to life-cycle assessment and potential application for irrigation systems
- Sylvain-Roger Perret