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’, ICID’s flagship publication.

Next Event – 2019 Gerald Lacey Lecture: Climate Change and Water Security in Africa

Our annual Gerald Lacey Lecture will be held from 18.00 on the 14th May 2019 at the Institution of Civil Engineers in Westminster London and online, free to attend. Please find more details, and register, here.


Join this free-to-attend evening lecture, when speaker Prof Declan Conway from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment will:

  • Explore key aspects of water resources distribution and variability across sub-Saharan Africa and introduce two examples of climate-induced pressures on water resources management
  • Examine the linkages between spatial patterns of rainfall variability and the river basin areas that provide runoff used to generate hydropower
  • Trace the hydrological impact pathways associated with drought during the 2015/16 El Niño that contributed to disruption of public water supply in Gaborone and widespread electricity outages in Lusaka
  • Explore the effects of service disruption on businesses and show critical linkages between climate events and economic activities in urban areas
  • Highlight what continued climate change might mean for achieving water security

High levels of rainfall variability are magnified in the response of river discharges and lake levels creating major challenges for ongoing activities to achieve water security in sub-Saharan Africa.

In many cases climate change is likely to exacerbate these challenges particularly in the context of rapid socio-economic development that is driving greater use of water resources.

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