The Irrigation and Water Forum is the United Kingdom’s national section of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). We focus on water resources, including agricultural development, in the context of sustainable river basin management, both nationally and internationally.

Growing populations, higher socio-economic demands, water mismanagement, and the impact of climate change are increasing competition between water users. With over 800 million people suffering from chronic hunger, and 1.1 billion people lacking access to water, water and food security are on the world agenda. To get involved in the discussion, find us on twitter (@iwaterforum), join us at one of our events, or sign up as a member now.

Through the IWF, you can enjoy a lively programme of meetings on all aspects of water resources throughout the year as well as technical visits and other events. Keep up to date with ‘News and Views’ – a bulletin circulated for our members – and access the internationally renowned journal ‘Irrigation and Drainage’, ICID’s flagship publication.

Join us at our next event – Registration now open

The Nile Basin: Our next event will be from 10am to 5pm on the 9th November, hosted by the ICE in Westminster. Registration and further details on the speakers can be found here.

The Nile River, with its estimated length of over 6,800 km the world’s longest river, covers an area of around 3 million km2. The Nile flows through ten countries, four of which are already water scarce. The Nile basin is currently home to approximately 160 million people, but it is estimated that in 25 years, the population in the basin will be 600 million. Adding to the potential water stress, many large dams for hydropower and irrigation are being built or considered in countries upstream with consequences for countries downstream that are highly dependent on the Nile for their water supply. These competing demands, combined with the potential impacts of climate change leading to changes in timing and availability of water and sea level rise, could send the region’s water resources into crisis.

This meeting explores the threats, challenges and opportunities facing the management of this major transboundary basin. We will hear from a range of experts working at a national and multi-country level on the current state of the basin, its future development and the crucial need for cooperation among the riparian states.

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The Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in cooperation with ICID and other international partners are hosting the first Cairo Water Week from the 14th October 2018. Cairo Water Week will promote water awareness, foster new thinking about the most pressing water-related challenges and take actions towards integrated water resources management and conservation for sustainable development. For more information, visit the Cairo Water Week website.

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