International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage - ICID

College 5 / Professional Associations and Academic Institutions

Year of establishment


Description of activities

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.

ICID has more than half-a-century of experience in the transfer of water management technology and in the handling of related issues. Building on its past experience, accomplishments, and the comprehensive water management framework, ICID strives to promote programs to enhance sustainable development of irrigated agriculture. ICID has been involved in the global discussions leading to Agenda 21, World Water Vision, World Water Forums etc., which have become the focal point of several of its technical activities.

Field(s) of expertise and activities

Water Resources Management, Human Basic Needs or/and Health, Development or/and Infrastructure, Climate or/and Natural hazard, Environment or/and Ecosystems, Water supply or/and Sanitation, Agriculture or/and Food Production, Human Rights or/and Social Issues,    Economics or/and Finance, Research or/and Assessment, Energy or/and Industry,  International Cooperation or/and Humanitarian ReliefInternational Cooperation or/and Humanitarian Relief

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Governor representative

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Avinash TYAGI

Alternate representative

Dr. Avinash C Tyagi, Secretary General of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), graduated in Civil Engineering (Honors) from University of Roorkee (presently IIT Roorkee), India in 1973; obtained his Post Graduation in Geo-Technical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 1981 and Post Graduate Diploma in Computational Hydraulics (Honors) from International Institute of Hydraulic & Environmental Engineering, Delft in 1986. Dr. Tyagi has 37 years of experience dealing with various facets of water resources management. 

Prior to his joining ICID as Secretary General of ICID in 2012, Dr, Tyagi served as Director of the Climate and Water Department of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a UN Specialized Agency, for nine years.  At WMO, Dr. Tyagi was responsible for providing support to the WMO Member countries in the field of water resources management including flood management and climate related activities including adaptation to climate change particularly in the water sector and agriculture sectors and also spearheaded the major initiative on climate change with a vision to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services to support various development sectors.

An Indian water management expert, Dr. Tyagi had worked for over 28 years with Government of India (GoI) in various capacities, including Commissioner of Policy and Planning in the Union Ministry of Water Resources, before he joined the WMO in 2003.  During his years with GoI, Dr. Tyagi was involved in the Development of the National Water Policy (2002) of GOI, and was instrumental in initiating Benchmarking of Irrigation Systems in India.

Dr. Tyagi has served many international bodies in an advisory role. Currently he is member of the Governing Board of UNESCO-IHE, Delft and Alternate Governor in the World Water Council representing ICID.