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26th European Regional Conference, from 11-16 October 2015, in Montpellier, France. Contact: Secrétaire Général, Association Française pour l'Etude des Irrigations et du Drainage (AFEID), 361 rue Jean-François Breton, BP 5095, F - 34196 – MONTPELLIER CEDEX 5, France. Tel: +, Fax: +, E-mail:, Website:

25th European Regional Conference, 16-20 May 2011, Groningen, The Netherlands. Contact : Mr. Pol Hakstege (Secretary of NETHCID), Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat Centre for Infrastructure, P.O. Box 20.000, 3502 LA Utrecht; The Netherlands, E-mail : or Mr. Bert Toussaint (Chairman of organizing committee), Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat Centre for Corporate Services, P.O. Box 2232, 3500 GE Utrecht, The Netherlands, Email:, Website:,, Email:

24th European Regional Conference, 14-16 March 2011, Orleans, France. Contact : Mr. Sami BOUARFA, Secrétaire Général, Association Française pour l'Etude des Irrigations et du Drainage (AFEID), 361, rue Jean-François Breton, F - 34090 - Montpellier, France. Tel : +, Fax : +, E-mail :, Website :

23rd European Regional Conference, 18-21 May 2009, Lviv, Ukraine. Theme : Progress in Managing Water for Food and Rural Development. Contact : Prof. Peter Kovalenko, Vice President, ICID, President, Ukraine National Committee of ICID (UKCID), Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Land Reclamation Vasylkivska, Str. 37 Kyiv 22, 03022, Ukraine.

23 European Regional Conference

The 23rd European Regional Conference of ICID was held in Lviv, Ukraine between 18 and 21 May 2009 and focused on the theme “Progress in Managing Water for Food and Rural Development”. Nearly 85 professionals participated to present response papers and poster presentations. The assembly included experts from Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, UK, and Uzbekistan besides Ukrainians in a sizeable number.

The presence of several ICID Office Bearers enhanced the value of the conference. Pres. Hons. Bart Schultz and Peter Lee; Vice Pres. and Chairman ERWG Eiko Lübbe, Vice Pres. Peter Kovalenko (the host); Vice Pres. Hons. Victor Dukhovny, Dr. Ricardo Segura Graiño, Prof. Ferenc Ligetvári, and Secretary General M. Gopalakrishnan contributed and shared their views during the proceedings. Prof. Joachim Quast, GECID coordinated the deliberations on inter-state cooperation on capacity building and young professionals.

Welcoming the galaxy of experts from outside, Vice President and President UKCID Peter Kovalenko pointed out the significant opportunity that the occasion provided in understanding the remarkable strides that Ukraine has made since 1991; and the exchange of views on several new challenges to address the river basin management comprehensively.

In his key note speech, Dr. Vasyl Stashuk, Head of Water Management Committee of Ukraine highlighted the status of Ukrainian Water Development and the water management issues that the country faces. The challenges that the Carpathian region faced due to unusual flood events and the programmes being launched with international cooperation were highlighted. An example is seen in the Transcarpathian Water Management where “Automated information measuring systems for flood forecasting and water manage-ment” in this regard. Dr. Bart Schultz in his keynote addressed the challenges faced in doubling the food production for the global needs in the coming decades. The role of water management has to comprehensively include all aspects that impact the tasks; and small holder ownership may face a challenge in a competing environ. PH Lee’s key note speech touched upon the active and inactive National Committees as spelt out in ICID Bylaws. What is more crucial is the need for ICID National Committees’ connectivity and out-reach. This could be national, regional and / or global.

Secretary General Gopalakrishnan pointed out the important role of Ukraine in Europe in respect of food security. Ukraine shares about 10% of irrigated area and 7% of drained area of Europe’s agriculture. Remarkable examples of water productivity have been achieved in Ukraine, thanks to the contributions of national agrarian universities that have a very rich history. Secretary General highlighted the need for developing a Russian speaking network of our professionals and urged the cooperation of all scientific institutions in the region in enhancing the technology and outreach.

23rd European Regional Conference of ICID Concludes
18-21 May 2009, Lviv, Ukraine

‘Progress in Managing Water for Food and Rural Development’
Lviv Declaration

The 23rd European Regional Conference (ERC) of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) was held during 18 - 21 May 2009 at Lviv, Ukraine. The theme of the ERC was ‘Progress in Managing Water for Food and Rural Development’. The conference was organized by the Ukraine National Committee of ICID (UKCID) in cooperation with the ICID European Regional Working Group (ERWG). Professionals from Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Iran, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and ICID participated in the conference and discussed the various keynotes and papers.

The Conference placed high emphasis on the issues related to flood control, water demands, GIS technologies and application in the field of water management. The special theme was dedicated to the climate change in view of frequent floods and droughts observed in Europe. Special attention was given to the development of management plans for river basins.

The 23rd European Regional Conference concluded with following Declaration/Recommendation :

1. The conference papers highlighted the good ‘on-going’ development with respect to integrated management of water and land resources both with respect to policy related developments (stakeholder participation, actual implementation, modeling, data collection, storage) and their dissemination.

2. More and more projects were being developed and implemented in an integrated way by taking into account social conditions with stakeholder participation. Possible impacts of climate change including technical, economical, gender, and environmental aspects are getting addressed. However, more need to be done to improve these aspects. This will be especially important during the operation and maintenance phase of rural development projects. It is in this phase that the benefits of projects are really realized.

3. Primarily due to human activities and to a certain extent due to the impacts of climate change, the effects and impacts of floods and droughts are significantly increasing in many places. Therefore, it is increasingly important that in the development of projects, both the present day conditions as well as the envisaged mid-term and long-term scenarios are taken into account in the decision-making process. In the light of this, the European Water Framework Directive and the European Flood Directive are important guiding documents that have to be implemented jointly.

4. For improved coordination of the wide range of activities for rural development at different spatial levels, like integrated land and water management, river basin management, rural development and spatial planning, it is recommended to update legislation and organizational structures where relevant.

5. There is an urgent need to strengthen international water legislation for protection of water rights for agriculture in order to support sustainable and integrated water management - irrigation and/or drainage, dependent on the local conditions - as a requirement to guarantee food security.

The conference recorded its appreciation to the activities of the Inter-state Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia in the framework of cooperation of the five states - Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan - on trans-boundary waters under the conditions of climate change and felt that it could be an example for the trans-boundary cooperation in other river basins.
The conference also supported the development of a Russian speaking network of water management specialists that was initiated in the Moscow meeting of January 2009 and recommends that scientific organizations join the network.

Agreed actions

  • To increase food production significantly, through sustainable rural development in the forthcoming decades by realizing the potential of several of the European countries, like Ukraine, it was agreed (by several parties) that an initiative will be taken for a joint project on ‘Integrated Water Management’ for improving food production in European countries. The ICID European Working Group will take the initiative to prepare a proposal in cooperation with the potential partners.
  • To improve the network for European young professionals in the water management sector to be initiated jointly by UKCID and GECID. They will also promote joint activities like research projects, exchanges, summer schools, etc.
  • To review and further develop the activities of Work Team on Sustainable Irrigation Management (WT-SIM) in light of integrated rural development.

22nd European Regional Conference, 2-6 September 2007, Pavia, Italy. Theme : Water Resources Management and Irrigation and Drainage Systems Development in the European Environment. Contact : D.ssa M. Elisa Venezian Scarascia, ITAL-ICID General Secretary, Via Sallustiana, 10 Roma, Italy.

22nd European Regional Conference of ICID Concludes

The 22nd European Regional Conference of ICID was successfully organized by the Italian National Committee of ICID (ITAL-ICID) from 2-6 September 2007 at Pavia, Italy. It was attended by over 150 delegates from 19 countries.

A workshop on 'History of Irrigation, Drainage and Flood Control' on 2 September 2007 and another Workshop on 'European Framework Directive in the Field of Water Policy' on 3 September 2007 were also successfully organized during this period. Several ICID Office Bearers and professionals attended the Conference who included President Peter Lee, President Hon. Bart Schultz, Vice Presidents Lübbe and Guluyk, Vice Presidents Hon. R. Segura Graino, Alain Vidal and Ligetvári, Secretary General M. Gopalakrishnan and Secretary K.N. Sharma, besides the members of the host Italian National Committee including ITAL-ICID President Ubertini, General Secretary Maria Elisa Scarascia, and Prof. de Wrachien.

The Conference was opened in the presence of Mr. P. Lassini (representative of the Lombardia region), Mr. G. Guizzetti (Vice President and Pro-retor, University of Pavia), Mr. M. Cutonilli (Italy), Mr. C. Gattoni (Italy), President Peter Lee (ICID) and Prof. L. Ubertini (ITAL-ICID) on the dais. The Opening Speech was delivered by President Lee followed by speeches by Prof. Ubertini, Mr. Lassini and Mr. Guizzetti.

Two technical tours were organized during the week. Tour 1 - Pavia - Novara - Vigvano enabled the delegates to visit Irrigation and Land Reclamation Consortia in the Ticino River Park (Varese) and in Novara. The delegates in Tour 2 - Pavia - Montava saw the Pumping Station of the Terre dei Gonzaga Irrigation and Land Reclamation Consortium in Montava.

It was decided to bring out a 'Pavia Initiative' as the outcome of the Conference.

Opening Speech, Mr. Peter S Lee, President, ICID