The 21st International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) was opened Wednesday in Tehran in presence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Ministers and ambassadors of ICID member states, the current head of the international Irrigation and Drainage commission from Canada, the secretary general of the commission and representatives of European, Asian, African, North and South American countries and hundreds of prominent experts from Iran and other countries have attended the congress.
The event which is held every three years coincides with the 62nd annual International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID).
The 8th International Micro Irrigation Congress is hosted by Iran as well. The 21st Congress on Irrigation and Drainage is scheduled by the subject of "using water for food security" with two key questions including "the challenges of using land and water" and "management of water in dry land."
Coincidence of the three important events in one country is unprecedented and Iran is the first country to host the three meetings. Ahmadinejad and the country's energy minister are due to give speech in the congress.
Iran enjoys high chance for the chairmanship of the next round of the commission to win majority of votes comparing to China and Egypt.
The 9-day meeting has hosted 400 articles and research achievements by different countries.
The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage was established on June 24, 1950 as a Scientific, Technical and Voluntary Not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with headquarters in New Delhi, India. The Commission is dedicated to enhancing the worldwide supply of food and fiber 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. The Mission of ICID is to stimulate and promote the development and application of the arts, sciences and techniques of engineering, agriculture, economics, ecological and social sciences in managing water and land resources for irrigation, drainage, flood management and river training applications, including research and development and capacity building for achieving sustainable irrigated agriculture. The activities of the Commission are pursued in accordance with the ICID Constitution and By-Laws. Latest version of these was adopted in 1996. English and French are the official languages of the commission.
The Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IRNCID) joined the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) in 1955 in order to facilitate the promotion of knowledge in irrigation and drainage networks, flood control, land and water management, as well as, water and environment conservation to maintain a sustainable development for Iran.
During that time IRNCID has proudly published numerous bulletins, newsletters, around 130 books that have added information and new techniques to the Irrigation and Drainage field. Furthermore, Iran has had the honor of having five Vice Presidents of ICID - Mr. A. Kahkachan (1972-1975), Prof. Javad Farhoudi (1996-1999), and Dr. Saeed Nairizi (2001-2004), Dr. Karim Shiati (2006-2009).
IRNCID won the third award of "Best Performing National Committee" for its outstanding achievements and contribution to ICID activities for period of 2005-2008. The award was presented to IRNCID by the Governor of Punjab on 17 October 2008 on the occasion of the 59th IEC and 20th ICID Congress held at Lahore, Pakistan.
IRNCID, with its general secretariat in Tehran, is affiliated to the Iran Ministry of Energy and is constituted of the High Council, Executive Board, Technical Working Groups and Regional Committees, which include a total of 2100 members composed of experts, professors and students. The Iranian National Committee hosted the 28th IEC meeting and Tehran Special Session in Tehran in 1977 and 4th Asian Regional Conference on Participatory Irrigation Management in Tehran, May 2-5, 2007. IRNCID is proud of holding International and National conferences, periodical seminars and technical workshops.
Iran has been picked as the ICID vice-president three times since the victory of Islamic Revolution of Iran 1979.
Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Reza Attar-Zadeh said Iran would be the most likely option for chairmanship of ICID. The vote starts October 23 and Iran, China and Egypt will be involved in the rivalry. He expressed hope Iran would be elected in the poll.
ICID holds a seat in World Water Council and offers consultation to the UN over issues related to water. It also takes part in regional conferences in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the US and Africa.
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