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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]

VP Charlotte   Prof. Hatcho
VP Prof. Dr. Charlotte
de Fraiture
Prof. N. Hatcho
Vice Chair
Irrigated agriculture has massively evolved during the 20th century; it must keep changing in coming decades. Although global food and fiber production is increasing, many intensified farming systems cause high environmental impacts and resources depletion. Yet, all recognize that irrigation has a central role to play to feed the global population expected by 2050. To meet the challenge, irrigated agriculture must further evolve, improve factors’ productivities, and decrease environmental impacts. The ICID Working Group on Environment is a cross-country forum, where environmental and sustainability issues in the irrigation and drainage sectors are discussed. Our aim is to contribute to the sector’s necessary evolution, to share information and knowledge, and to develop policy guidelines. Newly-elected office-bearers (in 2010) commit to build upon the excellent work already done. We hope to see all WG-ENV members, and all interested individuals, at the next ICID conference in Tehran in October 2011. Let’s deliver, together, towards more sustainable irrigation and drainage systems! - Dr Perret

*Re-estd: 2015


  1. To provide guidance to policy makers, planners, designers, and managers in the irrigation and drainage sector on the following environmental aspects of irrigation and drainage systems:

    (i) physical, (ii) chemical, (iii) ecological, (iv) socio-economic, and (v) cultural.
  2. To address concerns to the effects on local, regional and global common goods, such as climate, biodiversity and human health.

  3. To work towards the management of a sustainable environment, through adapted practices, adequate policies and institutions, maximizing positive and minimizing adverse effects of irrigation and drainage systems.

Sl. No.
Name Country Membership
VP Prof. dr. (Ms.) Charlotte de Fraiture, The Netherlands (2015) Chair (2016)
Dr. Michael van der Laan South Africa  Vice Chair
Dr. Seija Virtanen Finland Secretary
Mr. V.C. Ballard  Australia  
Mr. Mohammad Samiul Ahsan Talucder - Direct Member Bangladesh  
Dr. Fuqiang Tian  China  
Dr. Ming-Kai Hsieh Chinese Taipei  
Mr. Usamah Hashim Witwit  Iraq  
Prof. N. Hatcho Japan  
Dr. Choi, Joong-Dae Korea, Rep. of  
Prof. (Ms.) Eunmi Hong Korea, Rep. of  
Ir. Mohd Azmi Ismail Malaysia  
13 Dr. Muhammad Basharat Chaudhry Pakistan  
14 Dr. Yury Anatolyevich Mozhaiskii Russia  
15 Eng. (Ms.) P.M. Jayadeera Sri Lanka  
Dr. Aynur Fayrap Turkey  

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Reports / Articles / Documents

  1. Report on Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Irrigation and Drainage Systems with Life Cycle Analysis

  2. Salinisation Impacts in Life Cycle Assessment: a Review of Challenges and Options Towards their Consistent Integration by Sandra Payen, Claudine Basset-Mens, Montserrat Núñez, Stéphane Follain, Olivier Grünberger, Serge Marlet, Sylvain Perret, and Philippe Roux - Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

  3. Eco-efficiency of Cotton-cropping Systems in Pakistan: an Integrated Approach of Life Cycle Assessment and Data Envelopment Analysis by Asmat Ulla, Sylvain R. Perret, Shabbir H. Gheewala, and Peeyush Soni - Journal of Cleaner Production 2015
  1. Evaluation of groundwater-based irrigation systems using a water–energy–food nexus approach: a case study from Southeast Nepal ( Sangam Shrestha, Saroj Adhikari, Mukand S. Babel, Sylvain R. Perret and Shobhakar Dhakal)

  2. LCA of Local and Imported Tomato: An Energy and Water Trade-Off (Sandra Payen, Claudine Basset-Mens and Sylvain Perret)

  3. Analysis of the implementation of Environmental Flows in the wider context of the River Basin Management Plans

  4. Modernisation of an Irrigation Business (Ian Moorhouse)

  5. Life cycle assessment of irrigation systems: Assessing regional and global potential environmental impacts (Sylvain R. Perret)