INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE

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December 2013

Managing Water for Sustainable Agricultur...
WatSave Awards 2014
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he 22nd International Congress on
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  1. 1. INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE NEWS UPDATE December 2013 Managing Water for Sustainable Agriculture From Secretary General's Desk... Dear Colleagues, The year 2013, closing on us, giving way to 2014 saw intense deliberations on the Sustainable Development Goals for water in a post 2015 development framework among the various international water actors. UNWater is in the process of recommending a global goal on water ‘Securing sustainable water for all’ which is broad, capturing the fundamental importance of water for humans as well as environment. The proposed framework is structured into four interconnected target areas: universal access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene; sustainable use and development of water resources; improved water quality and wastewater management; and resilience to waterrelated disasters. Year 2013 was also the International Year of Water Cooperation. During the year various activities ranging from publication of “Free Flow” – bringing together a broad range of water professionals and stakeholders to share their knowledge and experiences in water cooperation – to the organization of World Irrigation Forum by ICID, have taken many shapes and hues. World Irrigation Forum, as initiated by President Gao Zhanyi, was successfully organized in Mardin, Turkey, bringing together stakeholders that had hitherto not been within the ICID network. It was a mutually beneficial and rich experience enhancing cooperation among various stakeholders, irrigation managers and institutions. The year also saw ICID reaching out to all professionals engaged in irrigation and drainage sector opening doors to direct members and instituting the World Irrigation and Drainage Prize. The member National Committees have been provided greater opportunity to exchange information and obtain feedback by providing a permanent column in the News UPDATE. Decision has also been taken to provide two National Committees the opportunity to showcase their activities at the plenary session of each IEC meeting. The year also saw ICID adopt new technologies by processing papers, increasing interaction with the members through WEBEX video conferencing, initiating e-learning courses etc. The teleconferencing facilities introduced have already been put to use for organizing the Management Board meeting which took decisions on a number of the follow up actions after the 64th IEC meeting. Constant interaction between the Central Office and the National Organizing Committee of the 22nd ICID Congress, scheduled to be held from 14-20 September, 2014 in Gwangju Metropolitan City, South Korea, is keeping the progress on its preparation, right on schedule. ICID has also strengthened the operation of its workbodies to make them more Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for a happy, prosperous & fruitful New Year – 2014 effective in meeting their objectives. We are going through a mini-overhauling of various working groups under strategy theme Schemes with a slightly different but inclusive approach. I will be approaching the experts from the different areas of irrigation management and drainage for developing scoping document on each of the working group. I also encourage the working group chairs to make use of video conferencing facilities to further the objectives of their groups. In the end let me take this opportunity to thank all our patrons for supporting our activities and making the year 2013 the year of consolidation of change in ICID. I particularly thank our National Committees, international partners and experts who have contributed their valuable time voluntarily to further our activities. With season’s greetings I wish you all a very fruitful and successful New Year 2014. With Best Regards Avinash C. Tyagi Secretary General ICID Awards Best Performing National Committee Award (2014) The fifth Best Performing National Committee Award (BPNCA-5) will be presented during the 22nd ICID Congress to be held at Gwangju Metropolitan City, Korea in September 2014. Applications are invited from the eligible National Committees for BPNCA-5 based on the performance during the 3-year period between 21st and 22nd Congresses (covering calendar years 2011 - 2013) by submitting the duly filled in Entry Form (please refer ICID CO circular letter dated 05 December 2013) to ICID Central Office latest by 31 March 2014. The BPNCA comprises of a Trophy and a Citation Plaque. The nominations will be adjudged by the Panel of Judges (PoJ) constituted for this purpose. For more details on BPNCA, please visit the link http://www.icid.org/ awards_nc.html Best Performing Award (2014) Workbody ICID presents the Best Performing Workbody Award (BPWA) triennially at the time of every ICID Congress, based on the performance and various other facets demonstrated by its workbodies in between two Congresses. The 4th Best Performing Workbody Award (BPWA-4) will be presented during the 22nd ICID Congress in Gwangju Metropolitan City, Korea in September 2014. Nominations are invited from the Chairs of ICID Workbodies and current Office Bearers so as to reach the candidature of their workbodies, in ICID Central Office latest by 01 May 2014. The award will be adjudicated by a Panel of Judges (PoJ). The Award comprises of a Citation / Certificate / Plaque to each member of the workbody (as per the latest membership composition), besides free publications of decided value that will be given to each member of the workbody. The works of the Award winning workbody are publicized through a dedicated section on the ICID website showcasing the personal profile of each member. For more details on BPWA, please visit http://www.icid.org/ awards_wb.html
  2. 2. WatSave Awards 2014 ICID instituted ‘WatSave Awards’ in 1997 to recognize ‘outstanding, contribution to water saving / conservation in agriculture’ annually, across the world. The aim of Annual WatSave Awards is to recognize the outstanding contributions to water conservation or water saving for the benefit of all the water-users. Accordingly, the Awards are only made in respect of actual realized savings and not for promising research results, plans and/or good ideas/ intentions to save water. The WatSave awards are given in four categories: (i) Technology; (ii) Innovative Water Management; (iii) Young Professionals; and (iv) Farmer. Nominations are invited for the ‘WatSave awards 2014’ from individuals/team through National Committees/ Committee by 30 May 2014. The entries are open to all professionals / teams from ICID member countries as well as non-member countries. In case of an entry from a ‘non-member’ country, the nomination has to be routed through and validated by an active National Committee of ICID, who should be in touch with the nominee and is aware of his / her work. The contact coordinates of the ICID National Committees/ Committee, the ‘Nomination Form’, ‘Conditions and Criteria’, and ‘Check list’ of the documents to be submitted are available on ICID website. Entries for the nominations for the 2014 awards are now open. The awards will be presented at the 65th International Executive Council (IEC) meeting scheduled to be held during September 2014 at Gwangju Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea. The deadline for receipt of the entries from the National Committees along with a completed ‘Nomination Form’ etc. to the ICID Central Office, New Delhi is 30 May 2014. The nominations sent directly to the Central Office, ICID cannot be entertained. The selection of the winners from amongst the nominations received will be made by an International Panel of Judges. National Committees are urged to give wide publicity to these awards in their country among persons actively engaged in water savings/ conservation practices, particularly farming communities. For further information, please contact Dr. Vijay K. Labhsetwar, Director, ICID at Email: <icid@icid.org>. Visit of Chinese delegates to ICID Central Office A Chinese delegation comprising six professionals from the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) and Chinese National Committee (CNCID) visited India during 12-14 December 2013. The purpose of the visit was to understand water resources development and management activities in India, to see soil and water conservation practices at field level, and to explore the possibility of initiating scientific exchange programme in agricultural water management between China and India. The delegates visited the Central Office on 12 December 2013. Secretary General Avinash C. Tyagi welcomed the delegates and briefed the historical progression of the Commission since its establishment in 1950, management and functioning of the Central Office, technical publications brought out, etc. He also apprised delegates about the recent initiatives taken up by ICID like knowledge management, e-learning, WebEx, use of social media, Climate Change, Water Resources and Disasters in Mountainous Regions: Building Resilience to Climate Change The International Conference titled ‘Climate Change, Water Resources and Disasters in Mountainous Regions: Building Resilience to Climate Change’ was successfully held from 27-29 November 2013 at Kathmandu, Nepal. The Conferences was organized by Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists Nepal (SOHAM-Nepal), in association with Department of Irrigation, Nepal, IWMI and other similar organizations. More than 270 participants from 24 countries, including representatives from international organizations attended and actively contributed to the Conference. Participants 2 and about forthcoming ICID events. Secretary General also made a brief presentation about India’s water resources development and state of agricultural production. Mr. Zhao Leshi and Mr. Luo Xiangsheng of MoWR, and Dr. Ding Kunlun of CNCID indicated that CNCID will continue extending support and cooperation with the ICID in coming years also. Secretary General Tyagi thanked CNCID and President Dr. Gao Zhanyi for the kind support in promoting ICID activities In the afternoon, the delegates the demonstration farm of the Technology Centre (WTC) of the Agricultural Research Institute visited Water Indian (IARI), unanimously adopted “The Kathmandu Declaration 2013” as a conclusion at the Conference. During the Conference a special session was held by Nepal National Committee of ICID (NENCID) / Department of Irrigation, Nepal, for the presentation of current activities of a joint project. The participating institutions were UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands; AIT, Thailand; and Department of Irrigation / NENCID, Nepal, “Adaptation to Global Changes on Agricultural Practices” (AGloCAP). Research based studies about Climate Change in Koshi basin, Indrawati basin of Nepal, Yellow River basin of China and Maize cultivation in Sikkim and six other papers were presented during the Session. The session was chaired by Er. Uttam Raj Timilsina, Deputy Director General of ICID News Update where Dr. T.B.S. Rajput, Principal Scientist explained the various water saving/ conservation methods while increasing the crop yields. the Department of Irrigation and Member Secretary of NENCID. UNESCO-IHE : BoG Meeting held at Delft, The Netherlands The UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, held its 13th Session of the Governing Board on 20-23 November 2013 at UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands. Secretary General Er. Avinash C. Tyagi represented ICID at the BoG meeting. Several topics were discussed and implemented in the Board meeting. The topic on “Establishment of UNESCOIHE Graduate School on Water and Development” was also introduced during the meeting. December 2013
  3. 3. T he 22nd International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage and 65th International Executive Council meetings will be organized by host Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID) in co-operation with International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) during 14-20 September 2014 at Kimdaejung Convention Centre in Gwangju Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea. The main theme of the Congress is “Securing Water for Food and Rural Community under Climate Change”. Online Paper Submission for 22nd ICID Congress ‘Extended Abstracts’ / papers must be submitted online after registering on the following URL https://www.easychair.org/account/signin.cgi?conf=icid2014 All authors are requested to create a new account on the above EasyChair URL for submission of their papers by using “sign up for an account” link as shown on the ‘Screen Catch’ in case they are not already registered on EasyChair portal earlier. Existing EasyChair users can use their account identities to submit their papers. During the Congress, papers will be presented and discussed for two Questions – Question 58: How Irrigation and Drainage play an important role in Climate Change Adaptation? Question 59: How do Irrigation and Drainage Interventions secure food production and livelihood for rural community? A Special Session on 'New Partnership for Rural Development'; and a Symposium on Non-point Sources Pollution (NPS) and Best Management Practices (BMPs) will also beheld along with numerous workshops. Schedule for submission of papers: (a) Submission (Online) of ‘Extended Abstracts’ (500-600 words) (i) Opening Date: 01 November 2013 (ii) Closing Date: 15 January 2014 (b) Intimation of acceptance of ‘Extended Abstracts’ by: 28 February 2014 (c) Full Paper Submission (Online) by: 30 April 2014 The Guidelines for authors are available at <http://www.icid2014.org/congress/ cogress_3.asp?sMenu=cog3> 22nd ICID Congress Secretariat: Dr. Young D. Kim and Mr. Hun Sun Lee, 2nd Floor BH B/D 902-5 Bangbae-Dong, SeochoGu,Seoul 137-060, Republic of Korea. Tel.: +82-2-6288-6300, Fax: +82-2-6288-6399, E-mail:icid2014@icid2014.org and Website: http://www.icid2014.org Congress Coordinator: Dr. Vijay K. Labhsetwar, Director, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), Central Office : 48 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021, India. Tel : +91 11 26115679, +91 11 26116837, +9111 24679532, Fax : +91 11 26115962; E-mail : icid@icid.org, Website <http://www. icid.org> 3 Submission Instructions Step 1: Prepare ‘Extended Abstracts’ Step 2: Log in to the EasyChair account (https://www.easychair.org/ conferences/?conf=icid2014) Step 3: Select ‘Sign up for an Account’ in case you are not having an account. To use EasyChair, one should first create an account. The procedure for obtaining an account is as below: 1. You should type the words as shown on the screen and click on "Continue". 2. Fill the form details with name and e-mail address and click on “Continue”. 3. On submission you will receive an e-mail with a link to EasyChair account. Step 4: Fill the details as required by Easychair and click and ‘create’ account. Step 5: Account created, screen appears with a link to ‘ICID 2014’. Please contact Dr. Vijay K. Labhsetwar, Congress Coordinator for questions related to extended abstracts and/or paper submission. KCID has already launched their Congress website and you may access http://www.icid2014. org for other details. ICID News Update December 2013
  4. 4. E-learning course “Water Footprint – Concept and Application The e-learning course titled “Water Footprint - Concept and Application" is the most effective online course for understanding the fundamentals of Water Footprint Assessment and how it can be used by consumers, businesses, policy makers and governments. This three week course developed with the support from Word Bank Institute and University of Twente will be offered from 13 January to 31 January 2014. The course aims to provide participants with an introduction to the concept and application, with five modules – (i) Water Footprint Concept and Application; (ii) Global Water Management; (iii) Government Policy; (iv) Corporate Strategy; and (v) Calculating the Water Footprint. The course involves both self-paced learning and online discussion facilitated by experts. Facilitation occurs in the third week of the course. All participants are required to complete an assignment and pass a test to receive the certificate. To complete the course, participants are expected to spend around 15 hours. Please visit at http://www.waterfootprint.org/downloads/ ELearning_Ann_13Jan2014.pdf for more information. Mainstream Ecosystem-based Adaptation A Regional Network Coordination Workshop that focused on linking networks and mainstreaming Eco-system-based Adaptation (EbA) was hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-China project on 'Enhancing capacity, knowledge and technology support to build climate resilience of vulnerable de-veloping countries.' Minutes of the 64th IEC and Workbody Meetings at Mardin – Online The Draft Minutes of the 64th International Executive Council and Workbody meetings held from 1st September to 5th October 2013 at Mardin, Turkey, have been posted on the ICID website http://www.icid. org/minutes.html for comments. Comments, if any, may please be sent to the Central Office for further necessary action and coordination with Chairs. The printed copies of the ‘Minutes’ will be sent to all the Office Bearers, Chairs of Workbodies once the final minutes are circulated. 4 Know your National Committees Dr. Sang Mu Lee, Chairman of Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID) The book was released during Tehran Congress in October 2011. KCID has hosted numerous annual symposiums and seminars and publishes journal and biennial bulletin. The Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID) is a corporation under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Republic of Korea consisting of 2,700 individuals and 34 companies / organizations. The objective of KCID is to develop advanced knowledge and technology in the area of irrigation, drainage, flood management and enhance world-wide food supply and preserve environment through participating in various ICID activities, cooperating with the otehr member countries and relevant organizations and disseminating information worldwide. KCID has established its National Organizing Committee (NOC) for Korean Congress 2014, consisting of 17 committee members and 23 board members. The official website of Korean Congress is www.icid2014.org. Dr. Sang Mu Lee, the Chairman of the (KCID) has more than 16 years of professional experience in the field of irrigation, drainage and rural development. He is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Korea Rural Community Corporation (KRC). Dr. Lee started his career in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery as a Director-General of Planning & Coordination Office. KCID has been one of the most active National Committees of ICID since 1969. It has given ICID three Vice Presidents in the past, namely, Mr. Yu, Keun-Hak (1993-1996), Prof. Soon-kuk Kwun (20002003), and Dr. HUH, Yoo-Man (2004-2007). Prof. Kim, Tai-Cheol is the current Vice President of ICID (2011-2014). KCID has hosted many ICID events, such as 52nd International Executive Council (IEC) meeting, and 1st Asian Regional Conference (ARC) in Seoul, South Korea. KCID has won the 1st ‘Best Performing ICID National Committee Award’ during 18th ICID Congress at Montreal, Canada in 2002 for its outstanding achievements and contributions towards the mission of ICID. KCID has also contributed to Special Issue (Volume 62, Issue Supplement S1) of ICID Journal titled “Sustainable Water and Land Management in Tidal Areas” published in October 2013. and a book on “Towards Sustainable Development of Tidal Areas: Principles and Experiences”. Participants discussed the existing EbA initiatives of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), including: work on implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the Pacific; the formation of a non-exclusive inter-regional working group to build EbA capacity in existing regional networks; and the provision of technical support and transfer of EbA technology. EbA promotes the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services to help people adapt ICID News Update Dr. Lee has worked closely with several organizations / institutes as Chairperson or representative of KRC from 1999-2004, he was representative of UN/FAO Regional Office in Philippines, and Chairperson at Global Agriculture Policy Institute for 10 year. He has been the Chairperson of Asian-Pacific Agriculture Policy Forum, Korea FAO Association. In 2004, Dr. Lee was chosen as the Representative of Regional Office for Fast East at AfricanAsian Rural Development Organization (AARDO). Presently, KCID will be organizing 22nd International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage & 65th International Executive Council meetings from 14-20 September 2013 at Gwanju Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea. The Public Relations Subcommittee and the National Organizing Committee (NOC) of the 22nd ICID Congress organized ‘Korean Reception for 2014 Congress’ during 63rd IEC Meeting and 7th Asian Regional Conference in Adelaide, Australia in 2012 and again during 1st World Irrigation Forum (1st WIF) held in Mardin, Turkey in 2013 to attract participants for 22nd ICID Congress. ICID congratulates Dr. Sang Mu Lee, Chairman of KCID for taking it to new heights of international cooperation and looks forward to his continued involvement and support in the activities of ICID towards fulfilling the mission of ICID. to the adverse impacts of climate change. Participants agreed on elements of a draft strategy and workplan for integrating EbA into existing networks, and commented on a draft EbA manual/resource book compiled by UNEP experts and the China Ecosystem Research Network (CERN). The workshop took place in Beijing, China, from 16-19 October 2013, and brought together representatives from Nepal, Mauritania and Seychelles, the December 2013
  5. 5. three pilot countries for the project, as well as from Iran, Benin and China. More information is available at <http://water-l. iisd.org/news/unep-china-project-hostsworkshop-on-mainstream-ecosystembased-adaptation/> ‘Direct Membership’ of ICID The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) opened its doors to individuals, busi-nesses and organizations/ institutions from countries that do not have a National Committee. They can now join ICID directly and receive the benefits of ICID membership. This new opportunity has great potential to enhance the working of ICID and hopefully will result in greater global exchanges of experiences and multidisciplinary innovations. Opening membership to such companies, institutions and individual, the ‘Direct Membership’ will widen the repertoire of knowledge and experiences within ICID and benefit all its stakeholders. The direct members would be able to receive: (i) Electronic version of the ICID Journal on Irrigation and Drainage, Annual Report, ICID News, and News Update free of cost, (ii) Extra copies of the ICID Journal on Irrigation and Drainage at concessional price based on the type of company or institution, (iii) Special discount on all ICID Obituary Late Mr. Jean-Marcel Laferriere It is with deep regrets that the sad and untimely demise of Mr. Jean-Marcel Laferriere (Canada), member of CANCID, passed away on 31st October 2013. Mr. Laferriere was very dedicated to ICID and had been very active in ICID activities during his lifetime. He was the Chairman of Canadian National Organizing Committee during 53rd IEC and 18th International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage held on 21-28 July 2002 at Montreal, Canada. He was the Agriculture and Water Management Advisor of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). He was graduate from Laval University, Quebec, Canada. His career was spanned 35 years in the fields of agriculture production, storage, marketing, drainage, irrigation, soil improvement, water resources planning and management. He had been actively associated with international development as agriculture specialists, irrigation and drainage engineer and food security advisor. He was the member of ICID Journal Editorial Board (1999). He had been actively participated the ICID annual meetings. His contribution and dedication to ICID are widely recognized in the ICID fraternity and will be long remembered. ICID fraternity records its profound sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and to the members of the Canadian National Committee of ICID (CANCID). May his soul rest in peace! 5 publications; (iv) Spe-cial advertisement rates in ICID publications and on website; and (v) Special exhibition rates and registration fees during ICID events. Many individuals, institutions and companies have become DIRECT MEMBERS of ICID and already reaping the benefits. For details of categories of Direct ICID Membership and procedure for application and subscription amount, etc., please access http://www.icid.org/dir_mem.html. Alternately, you could contact Dr. Vijay K. Labhsetwar, Director, ICID at <icid@icid. org> and <kulkarni@icid.org> for more information and/or clarifications, if any. Free Flow: Reaching Water Security through cooperation The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled 'Free Flow: Reaching Water Security through Cooperation,' which was published in the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The report reflects on the progress and challenges encountered in the fields of water management and cooperation around the world. It features chapters on, inter alia: water diplomacy; transboundary water management; water education and institutional development; financing cooperation; legal framework at the national/international level; water cooperation, sustainability and poverty eradication; and economic development and water. The report includes articles presenting the views of experts on water cooperation from various regions, including: water diplomacy in the Middle East; transboundary water diplomacy in the Mekong region; the Nile Basin Initiative; efficient and effective cooperation in the River Rhine catchment; sharing water in Australia; regional water cooperation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region; participation in the management of the Niger, Senegal and Congo river basins; the Murray–Darling Basin Plan; the transboundary ecosystem of Russia and Mongolia; Libya's experience in the management of transboundary aquifers; and transboundary groundwater resources management implemented in the Kumamoto region of Japan. Please access <http://water-l.iisd.org/ news/unesco-presents-views-on-watercooperation/> for more information. Impacts of Global Climate Change on Snow, Glaciers and Water Resources in the Andes A Workshop titled “Science Policy Workshop: Impacts of Global Climate Change on Snow, Glaciers and Water Resources in the Andes: Policy ICID News Update Take advantage of Irrigation and Drainage Online The ICID Journal, Irrigation and Drainage is available online FREE via Wile Online library for all ICID office bearers, work body chairs & members and national committees. Special Issue on ‘Soil, Water, and Vegetation Monitoring and Modelling’ Volume 62.S2 , December 2013 is now available on the website. Click on <http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/ doi/10.1002/ird.v62.S2/issuetoc> for direct access to the papers in this issue of irrigation and drainage. Recommendations for Adaptation Strategies' was held on 20-21 November 2013 at Quito, Ecuador, aimed to guide research initiatives and public policy in search of science-based climate change adaptation strategies for the Andean Region. The event brought together glaciologists, hydrologists, water resources experts, social scientists, local and national policy advisers, practitioners, such as mountain biosphere reserve managers, and local stakeholders. The participants included representatives from Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Switzerland, UK and USA. The workshop addressed the optimization of research efforts and identified science-based policy needs for climate change adaptation strategies in the Andean region, with a focus on its water resources. The workshop was organized by the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Eco-Region (CONDESAN), Ecuador's Water Secretariat (SENAGUA), and the Andean Climate Change Interamerican Observatory Network (ACCION), an initiative of the Energy and Climate Partner-ship of the Americas (ECPA). The workshop developed general recommendations to scientists, policy advisers and decision makers to the Andean countries on new research agenda to guide adaptation policy. It also identified strategies to successfully implement adaptation measures in mountain areas, including moorlands and wetlands. For more information, please access at <http://water-l.iisd.org/news/workshopseeks-to-guide-research-science-basedadaptation-strategies-in-the-andeanregion/> December 2013
  6. 6. WebEx Online Meetings ICID is happy to announce the beginning of its virtual meeting platform using WebEx technology. This technology will help ICID to organize online meetings in real time over the web using enhanced, high- quality video. It is even more like face-to-face meeting. The initial trial meetings were conducted during the time of the 1st World Irrigation Forum (WIF-1) with the Organizing Committee members to resolve some of the important issues. After the WIF-1, ICID has conducted two online meetings with the Organizing Committee of the 22nd International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage to speed-up the activities. The third virtual meeting of the Management Board (MB) was conducted on 12 December 2013 from 13:30-15:30 hours. All members of the MB joined the meeting from their respective time zones and countries in the virtual meeting and the meeting was conducted very smoothly. The MB endorsed the newly introduced technology for future virtual meetings of MB. The members present during the meeting were – (i) News from ICID National Committees Hungary (HUCID) New postal address of Dr. Sándor Szalai, President of Hungarian National Committee of ICID (HUCID) is Secretariat of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Nador u 7, Budapest, H-1051, Hungary. India (INCSW) ICID fraternity extends its warm welcome to Er. A.B. Pandya (India), who has assumed the charge of the new Chairman of Central Water Commission (CWC) and Indian National Committee on Surface Water (INCSW). The contact coordinates of Er. Pandya are: Chairman, Indian National Committee on Surface Water (INCSW) and Central Water Commission (CWC), Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India, Sewa Bhavan, Room No.315(S), R.K. Puram, Sector-1, New Delhi 110 066, India. Tel: +91-11-26108855; Fax:+91-1126108614; E-mail:cmanoff@nic.in We thank Mr. Bibhas Kumar (India), former Chairman of CWC & INCSW for his active support and con-tributions to ICID during his tenure. Dr. Gao Zhanyi, President, ICID (Chair); (ii) VPH. Felix B. Reinders, Chair, PCTA; (ii) VPH Dr. Ragab Ragab, Chair, PCSO; (iii) VPH Dr. Saeed Nairizi, Chair, PFC; and (iv) Er. Avinash Chand Tyagi, Secretary General, ICID who acted as Member-Secretary of MB. (IRNCID) Iran Mr. Rahim Maidani (Iran) will be the new Chairman of Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IRNCID) in place of Mr. Mohammad Reza Attarzadeh. ICID fraternity extends its warm wel-come to Mr. Maidani and looks forward to his active contributions in the activities of ICID. The contact coordinates of Mr. Rahim Maidani are: Chairman, Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IRNCID) No. 1, Shahrsaz Lane, Kargozar St., Dastgerdi (Zafar) Ave., Tehran, Iran Tel: (009821) 22257348; Fax: (009821) 22272285; E-mail: irncid@gmail.com We thank Mr. Mohammad Reza Attarzadeh (Iran), former Chairman of IRNCID for his active support and contributions to ICID. Change of Guards at KCID (Korea) The Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID) has informed that Dr. Sang Mu Lee and Mr. Yongjin Kim have taken over as the new President and Secretary General of the As informed at the time of 64th IEC meeting, all workbody Chairs are requested to make use of this platform for conducting virtual meeting with the group members during the year. KCID in place of Dr. Park, Jae-Soon and Dr. Jin-Hoon JO, respectively. The contact coordinates are: Dr. Sang Mu Lee, President / Mr. Yongjin Kim, Secretary General of Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID), #1031-7 Sa-dong, Sangnok-gu, Ansan-Si; Gyeonggi-do 425-170, Republic of Korea. Tel : +82 31 400 1755/1758, +82 31 400 1759; Fax : +82 31 406 7278; E-mail : kcidkr@ gmail.com, kcid@ekr.or.kr ICID fraternity extends its warm welcome to Dr. Sang Mu Lee and Mr. Yongjin Kim and expresses its thanks to Dr. Park, Jae-Soon and Dr. Jin-Hoon JO, former President and Secretary General of KCID for their active support and contributions to ICID. SANCID (South Africa) The new e-mail and postal address of Prof. M.F. Viljoen is: Department of Agricultural Economics, University of the Free State P.O.Box 339, BLOEMFONTEIN 9301, South Africa, Tel +27 (0)51 4012213; Fax +27 (0)514013473, E-mail: viljoenmf@ gmail.com INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE 48 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021, India, Tel: 91-11-2611 5679, 91-11-2611 6837, 91-11-2467 9532 Fax: 91-11-2611 5962; E-mail: icid@icid.org; Website: http://www.icid.org Editor: Dr. V.K. Labhsetwar, Director; DTP: Keshav Dev Tanwar, Central Office 6 ICID News Update December 2013

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