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 and events 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’.


Gerald Lacey Lecture 2021: Land and Water Management for Food Security: The Broad Picture

17th May 2021, 6pm

Recent estimates of food demand, based on median projections of growth, call for a 50% increase in the global demand figure. Linearly proportional increases in the allocation of land and water resources towards increased food production are not realistic given the trends in competing uses for these resources. Besides, our natural resource base is already giving alarm signals for increased exploitation. The pandemic also revealed the vulnerabilities in our food value chains.

Our 2021 Gerald Lacey Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Olcay Ünver. Olcay is a global leader in water policy. He is currently Professor of Practice at Environmental and Resource Management Program at Arizona State University, Industry Fellow at Australian Rivers Institute, and member of Water Policy Group. He served as Vice Chair of UN-Water from 2018 to 2020.  In his public service career spanning three decades, he led FAO’s water programs and activities, UN-Water’s World Water Assessment Programme, and UNESCO’s Program Office on Global Water Assessment.

Olcay will discuss the response options available to the policy makers, based on most recent figures about the state of the resources and the trends, and both the need and the opportunities for cooperation across sectoral and disciplinary boundaries.

More details…

Please register here.


Mekong River Basin

November 2021, Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster, London

More details to follow.