Lecturer Otilija Miseckaite (Institute of the Water Resources Engineering, Faculty of Water and Land Management, ASU) participated in International Conference on Irrigation in Support of an Evergreen Revoliution 2-7 May 2018 Kathmandu, Nepal.
About 70% of the world’s irrigated area is in Asia and more than 80 percent of water withdrawals are used for irrigation. International Commision on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) has been organizing International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage since 1951. To feed the ever increasing population, it’s necessary to find ways to increase the productivity of irrigation to produce the food, fibre and fuel needed for tomorrow’s population. Now in 2018 during the Congress in Kathtmandu, Nepal, the Congress Theme was “Irrigation in Support of an Evergreen Revoliution” with the questions Modernization of Irrigation Systems [DoI/World Bank], Irrigation Ecosystem Services and aquatic biodiversity [PANI], Sustainable Irrigation [IWMI/ICIMOD] and Nexus Challenge to Irrigation Institutions. The Congress organized together with 8th Asian Regional Conference, focused on the theme of “Irrigation in Support of an Evergreen Revolution”.
There were following five sub-themes: Enabling small holders’ capacity to obviate farmers’ distress; Coping with recurring droughts and floods in the context of climate change; Modernising irrigation systems for better services; Enabling Water Users Institutions (WUIs) for sustainability of irrigation systems; Irrigation, ecosystem services, and aquatic biodiversity. About 500 participants from different countries (USA, Australia, Malaysia, England, Korea, Japan, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and etc.) present topics in 15 technical sessions and attend technical tour thought the history of irrigation development in Nepal. Speaker Otilija Miseckaite presents her research at Technical Sessions ‘Modernising irrigation system for better services (Topic: Sprinkler irrigation management in loam soil)’ and ‘Coping with recurring droughts and floods in the context of climate change (Topic: Climate and aridity change)’. Theme ‘Irrigation in Support of an Evergreen Revolution’ and all the items are undoubtedly the most urgent agenda for the irrigation community that needs to be addressed in the 21st century.
This research was funded by the European Social Fund under the No 09.3.3-LMT-K-712 “Development of Competences of Scientists, other Researchers and Students through Practical Research Activities” measure.