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’.


2020 Gerald Lacey Lecture: Flooding in England – Past, present and future

How do we become a nation ready for, and resilient to, flooding and coastal change?

Our Gerald Lacey Lecture this year will be delivered by John Curtin, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency.

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Due to COVID-19, our 2020 Gerald Lacey Lecture will be held remotely on the 18th May, 6pm. Register here. As always, our Gerald Lacey Lecture is free to attend and open to all.


Mekong River Basin

Friday 6th November, Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster, London

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Gerald Lacey Lecture 2021: Water, Food Security and the Global Goals

Originally planned for as our 2020 Gerald Lacey Lecture, but postponed to May 2021, Institution of Civil Engineers, Westminster, London

Our 2021 Gerald Lacey Lecture will be delivered by Mr. Olcay Unver. Olcay Ünver is the Deputy-Director of the Land and Water Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) since September 2013 and UN-Water Vice-Chair since August 2018.

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