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Background
WatSave Award 2015

The major challenge facing irrigated agriculture today is producing more food using less water per unit of output i.e. increasing water productivity in both, irrigated and rainfed agriculture. This goal will only be achieved if the appropriate water saving technologies, management tools, and policies are in place. All those involved in irrigation water management – managers, farmers, workers need to be encouraged and guided, through appropriate policies and incentives, to save/ conserve water and to minimize wastages to mitigate negative environmental impacts.

Recognizing the need to encourage innovations in irrigation and drainage, ICID instituted WatSave Annual Award(s) in 1997 and are presented each year to recognize outstanding contributions to water conservation or water saving in agriculture. The Awards given to individuals or a team of individuals are made in respect of actual realized savings and not for promising research results, plans and/or good ideas/intentions to save water.

 

Nominations for the awards are received through the National Committees of ICID through a call sent out around the beginning of every calendar year. The award consists of an honorarium and a Citation.

 


 

ICID WatSave Awards 2016 – Invitation for nominations

Nominations from Professionals or Teams for achievements are invited under the following four categories of ICID WatSave Awards for the year 2015 as per the WatSave Scheme approved at the 65th International Executive Council (IEC) meeting of ICID held at Gwangju, Republic of Korea vide Resolution IEC-5/65 (WatSave Scheme).

  1. WatSave Technology Award given for work promoting and encouraging the best technological applications or projects which have been successful in saving water and/or recovering waste waters/low quality waters.
  2. WatSave Innovative Water Management Award given for innovation promoting non-technological interventions and/or innovative land and water management/techniques for increasing the availability of water for different uses; Promoting research that leads to substantial savings in water applications or uses; or Promoting development of new policies/approaches for water saving leading to cost effective and beneficial use of water.
  3. WatSave Young Professional Award given for water saving/ conservation work by young professionals (less than 40 years).
  4. WatSave Farmers’ Award given to farmers for proven water saving success story to promote successful water conservation.

Each of the awards carries an honorarium of US$ 2000 and a Citation. In the event of the award being made to a team, the amount shall be made to the nominated leader of the team to be shared among all contributors.

The nominations by professionals or Teams for specific achievements under each category may be submitted to your National Committee/Committee/Direct Institutional Member well in advance of the last date of submission to Central Office in the prescribed nomination form, so that the work undertaken by the nominee may be authenticated by NCs in case of applications from their own countries or any non-member countries or Direct Institutional Members for professionals/teams within the institution, prior to its submission to the Central Office.

Entries should be sent by NCs/Direct Institutional members electronically to the Secretary General, ICID so as to reach Central Office, New Delhi, by 15 June 2016, the last date for receipt of the nominations, after authentication by the National Committees.

For any clarifications, please contact The Secretary General, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), 48, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India; E-mail:icid@icid.org; Tel +91-11-26116837 / +91-11-26115679, http//www.icid.org

 

Prix WatSave CIID 2016 - Appel à candidatures

La CIID invite les candidatures des professionnels/des équipes pour leurs réalisations dans le  cadre  de quatre catégories suivantes du Prix WatSave 2015 compte tenu du Programme WatSave approuvé à la 65ème réunion du Conseil Exécutif International (CEI) de la CIID tenue à Gwangju, République de Corée conformément à la Résolution du CEI-5/65 (Programme WatSave).

  1. Le Prix Watsave de Technologie est destiné à promouvoir et encourager les meilleurs applications ou projets technologiques menant à économiser l’eau et/ou à récupérer les eaux usées/eaux de basse qualité.
  2. Le Prix Watsave de Gestion Innovatrice de l’Eau est destiné à promouvoir les innovations non technologiques et/ou les techniques innovatrices de la gestion de l’eau et de la terre pour augmenter la disponibilité de l’eau pour usages différents; à promouvoir la recherche conduisant à l’économie considérable dans les applications ou les utilisations de l'eau; à promouvoir le développement de nouvelles politiques/approches de l’économie d’eau menant à l’utilisation durable et à coût rentable de l’eau.
  3. Le Prix Watsave des Jeunes Professionnels est destiné à promouvoir les travaux de l’économie/de la conservation de l’eau entrepris par les jeunes professionnels de moins de 40 ans.
  4. Le Prix Watsave des Fermiers est décerné aux fermiers pour l’histoire de réussite de conservation d'eau pour promouvoir les méthodes fructueuses de conservation de l'eau.

Chacun des Prix comporte des honoraires de 2000 $ américains et une Citation. Au cas où le Prix est décerné à une équipe, le montant est remis au Chef nommé de l'équipe qui sera partagé par tous les collaborateurs à parts égales.

Les candidatures des professionnels ou des équipes pour des réalisations de chaque catégorie peuvent être soumises à votre Comité national / Comité / membre institutionnel direct bien à l'avance de la dernière date de soumission au Bureau Central dans le formulaire de candidature prescrit ci-joint afin que le travail entrepris par le candidat puisse être authentifié par le CN pour les demandes à partir de leurs propres pays ou des pays non-membres ou membres institutionnels directs pour les professionnels / équipes au sein de la institution, avant leur soumission au Bureau central.

Les Comités nationaux/les Membres institutionnels directs doivent envoyer par voie électronique le(s) formulaire(s) de candidature dûment remplis à tous les égards au Secrétaire Général CIID afin qu’ils arrivent au Bureau Central, New Delhi avant le 15 juin 2016, la date limite pour la soumission des candidatures, après authentification par les Comités nationaux.

Pour toute explication, vous pouvez contacter : The Secretary General, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), 48, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India; E-mail:icid@icid.org; Tel +91-11-26116837 / +91-11-26115679, http//www.icid.org 

 


 

Categories of the Award(s)

 

WatSave Technology Award

 

This award is presented to promote and encourage the best technological applications or projects which have been successful in saving water.

 

WatSave Innovative Water Management Award

 

This award is presented for promoting non-technological interventions and/or innovative land and water management/techniques for increasing the availability of water for different uses; Promoting research that leads to substantial savings in water applications or uses; or Promoting development of new policies/approaches for water saving leading to cost effective and beneficial use of water.

 

WatSave Young Professionals Award

 

This award is presented for promoting water saving technologies, innovative water management practices, original research leading to substantial water saving/ conservation etc. by young professionals (below 40 years).

 

WatSave Farmer Award

 

The WatSave Farmer Award is given to a farmer(s) for proven water saving success story to promote successful water conservation.

 


 

Winners of WatSave Awards 2015

Technology Award

Li Xinjian (China)

 

The International Panel of Judges of WatSave Awards has adjudged Mr. Li Xinjian (China) for conferring the WatSave Technology Award 2015, for his work on "Water Saving, Pollution Prevention and Emission Reduction of Paddy Rice'.

 

The technology of controlled irrigation for paddy rice included the optimal combination of irrigation time, irrigation frequency, irrigation quotas, and control of water level in the field and fertilizer applications. The controlled irrigation technology for paddy rice has been applied in larger area in South China. From 1990 to 2013, the technology was promoted on a total area of 15.3 million ha in the region resulting in 28.7 billion cubic meters of water savings during the period.

 

The popular cash crops in Guangxi region included sugarcane, mango, tea and citrus. Considering the precipitation and its uneven distribution during the growing season, Mr. Li developed and extended the comprehensive techniques on full utilization of natural rainfalls and the supplementary irrigation system. The techniques included irrigation scheduling, modern irrigation techniques, such as spray/drip irrigation, tubular irrigation, small-pipe outflow and fertigation together with automation. From 2010 to 2014, this comprehensive technology covered an area of 200,000 ha and resulted in tremendous water savings together an income increase of 4.5 billion Yuan due to yield improvements. The above techniques were summarized and published by local and national professional organizations for further dissemination of the successful technology. Mr. Li has worked in Guilin Irrigation Experimental Station in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomious Region for 35 years. He has devoted himself in developing and extending water saving technology for paddy rice and cash crops.

 

Congratulations to Mr. Li Xinjian

 

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Innovative Water Management Award 

 

Prof. Samiha Ouda and Prof. Abd-El-Hafeez-Zohry (Egypt)

 

The International Panel of Judges of WatSave Awards has adjudged Prof. Samiha Ouda and Prof. Abd-El-Hafeez-Zohry for conferring the WatSave Innovative Water Management Award 2015, for their work on “Crop Rotation: An Approach to Save Irrigation Water under Water Scarcity in Egypt”.

 

Crop rotation is an agricultural management practice that could save on the applied irrigation water. This practice is one of the most effective agricultural control strategies. It involves arrangement of crops planted on the same field; and the succeeding crops should belong to different family. Using crop rotations in Egypt has helped in the sustainable use of natural agricultural resources; increase the agricultural productivity of unit land and unit of irrigation water under the prevailing conditions of water scarcity. As a result, the probability of attaining food security for strategic crops will increase and will help in improving standard of living and poverty elevation of rural population.

 

Prof. Samiha Ouda and Prof. Abd-El-Hafeez-Zohry were engaged in a project for investigating the water use efficiency by crop rotation and intercropping to achieve food security. This innovative irrigation management method resulted in considerable water saving and improved standard of living of farmers.

 

Congratulations to Prof. Samiha Ouda and Prof. Abd-El-Hafeez-Zohry!


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Farmer Award

 

Group Farming and Micro Irrigation a Way to Prosperity

 

"Group Farming", to enhance the resource utilisation in a rural setting of India as promoted by Mr. Bhagwan M Kapse (India), was awarded the WatSave Farmers Award in 2015.

 

In India small farmers face various challenges such as economic, technical and social challenges. The below average crop yields do not allow these small farmers to compete and meet the market requirements. It is important to overcome the challenges of efficiency in resource utilization, adoption of modern technology, production of quality produce, processing and marketing. It’s not possible for small farmers to raise their efficiency individually in attaining higher yields per acre of land, per drop of water or per rupee invested. Drawing on age old wisdom/experiences in cooperatives, Mr. Kapse came up with a strong promising option of ‘Group Farming’ to address trheses challenges.

 

Mr. Kapse not only promoted ‘Group Farming’ for just survival but also as a bridge to prosperity through better income generating options and efficient application of technical interventions. Some of the objectives of ‘Group Farming’ as conceptualized by Mr. Kapse were as below:

  • Bringing together small farmers in clusters and developing their groups.
  • Adoption of suitable common cropping pattern on large scale by these groups and promotion of federation of these groups in villages.
  • Adoption of modern technology by the groups for production of high quality produce.
  • Adoption of advance irrigation methods like drip and sprinkler for all crops, including cereals, for increasing water use efficiency.
  • Conservation of land and water resources on community basis and judicious use of these resources in a sustainable manner.

The total area under ‘Group Farming’ was about 3000 Ha with 12 Million Cubic Meters (MCM) of water savings since the ‘Group Farming’ was introduced in Marathwada region of Maharashtra State in 1999. Mr. Kapse has successfully developed and applied a model of rural community management which resulted in tremendous water savings and enhanced yields towards poverty alleviation of the farmers in the region.

 

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(A) INNOVATIVE WATER MANAGEMENT AWARD

Title of the award winning contribution

Award winner(s)

Crop Rotation: An Approach to Save Irrigation Water under Water Scarcity in Egypt Prof. Samiha Ouda and Prof. Abd-El-Hafeez-Zohry (Egypt)

Improving growth, Yield and Water Productivity of some Maize Cultivars by new planting Method

Dr.Yosri Ibrahim Mohamed Atta (Egypt)
Jiamakou Irrigation Scheme (JIS), China Mr. Zhang Xuehui, China, 2013

Integrated water recovery provides regional growth
for Northern Victoria, Australia

Mr. Peter McCamish, Australia (2012)

 

Participatory Rainwater Conservation of Rainfed Agriculture of Vidarbha Region (Maharashtra), India

Prof. Dr. Subhash Madhawrao Taley, India (2011)

Water distribution management at the Vaalharts irrigation scheme

Mr. Kobus Harbron, South Africa (2010)

Transformation of irrigation through management transfer

Messrs Shahaji Manikrao Somawanshi, Bharat Kawale and Sanjay Madhukar Belsare, India (2009)

Innovative Method for Rice Irrigation with High Potential of Water Saving

Dr. Yousri Ibrahim Atta, Egypt (2008)

Provision of Irrigation Scheduling Advice to Small Scale Sugarcane Farmers Using a Web Based Crop Model and Cellular Technology: A South African Case Study

Dr. Abraham Singels, South Africa (2007)

Water Administration System (WAS)

Dr. Nico Benadé, South Africa (2006)

Innovative Water Saving Technologies in China

Prof. Li Daixin, China (2005)

An initiative towards saving of water and sustainable Irrigation Management in Maharashtra State, India

Er. Suresh. V. Sodal, India (2004)

Comprehensive approach in water resources management such as Irrigation, Drainage, On-Farm Water Management, Water Quality, Groundwater Modeling, Contaminant Transport

Dr. Muhammad Akram Kahlown, Pakistan (2003)

Spatio-Drainage Approach: A Tool for Proper Management, Accurate Design and Cost Effective
Subsurface Drainage Projects and Water Saving

Dr. Mahmoud Moustafa, Egypt (2002)

Water-Saving Irrigation Practice in China - Demands, Technical System, Current Situation,
Development Objective, And Countermeasures

Prof. Gu Yuping, China (2001)

Modernization Plan of Mula Traditional Irrigations

Dr. Francisco del Amor Garcia, Spain (2000)

Modified Drainage System for Rice Growing Areas : A Tool for Water Saving

Eng. Hussein El-Atfy, Egypt (1999)

Development of Water Saving Irrigation Technique On Large Paddy Rice Area in Guangxi Region of China

Prof. Wu Xijin, China (1998)

TECHNOLOGY AWARD

Title of the award winning contribution

Award winner(s)

Water Saving, Pollution Prevention and Emission Reduction of Paddy Rice Li Xinjian (China)

Benefits of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District’s Pilot Pressure Irrigation Project

Jeff Shaw and Todd Kotey (USA)

Thin and exposed irrigation Prof. Yi Yongqing, China, 2013

Theory and technology of controlled irrigation of rice in China

Prof. Peng Shizhang, China (2012)

SAPWAT 3: Irrigation Water Planning Tool

Messrs Pieter S van Heerden and Charles T Crosby, South Africa (2011)

Irrigation water security: promoting on-farm reservoirs in the UK

Dr. Keith Weatherhead, Mr. Melvyn Kay and Dr. Jerry Knox, UK (2010)

Wheat Bed Planter

Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Pakistan (2009)

 Micro Irrigation – A Technology for Prosperity

Dr. Yella Reddy, Mr. Satyanarayana and Mrs.G Andal, India (2008)

Growing Rice with Pivots – A Step Towards Water Conservation

Messrs Werner and Herbert Arns, Brazil (2007)

Contributions and Achievements to Water-savings in Agriculture

Prof. Kang Shaozhong, China (2006)

Efficient Water and Resource-saving Technique of Soils Pre-sowing Treatment Under Winter Wheat Cultivation Conditions

Mr. Omar Redjepow, Turkmenistan (2004)

Wetting Front Detector: A New Tool to Help Farmers Save Water

Dr. Richard John Stirzaker (2003)

Dripping with success- The Challenges of an Irrigation Redevelopment Project

Mr. Robert E. Merry, UK (2002)

Rotational irrigation scheduling in rice paddy with the operation rule curve of irrigation reservoir

Prof. Tai Cheol Kim, Korea (2001)

Water Efficient Irrigation and Environmentally
Sustainable Irrigated Rice Production in China

Prof. Mao Zhi, China (2000)

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AWARD

Title of the award winning contribution

Award winner(s)

Development and application of innovative and advanced simulation tools for the evaluation and optimization of surface irrigation systems

Dr. Malcolm Gillies, Australia (2009)

Water Banking – Conjunctive Water Use Management Approach for Water Saving and Improve Productivity and Environmental Performance

Dr. Amgad Elmahdi, Australia (2008)

Micro Irrigation – A technology to save water

Ms. Neelam Patel, India (2006)

Computer-Aided Mapping Irrigation Scheduling for Arab Republic of Egypt

Dr. Mohamed Maher Mohamed Ibrahim, Egypt (2005)

IGRA: An Approach for the Application of the Benchmarking Initiative to Irrigation Areas

Dr. Juan Antonio Rodriguez Diaz, Spain (2004)

Contribution in the field of flow measurement, canal system modernization and operations improvements, debris and fish screening at irrigation diversions, hydrology, and improved hydraulic laboratory techniques

Mr. Tony L. Wahl, USA (2003)

A Scientific Approach for Water Management in Rice Fields

Dr. Ashutosh Upadhyaya, India (2002)

Participatory Irrigation Management in Katepurna Irrigation Project : A Success Story

Er. Sanjay M. Belsare, India (2001)

Decision-Making Support System for Irrigation Water management of Jingtai Chuan Pumping Irrigation Scheme at the Upper Reaches of Yellow River

Dr. Gao Zhanyi, China (1999)

FARMER AWARD

Award winning success story

Award winning farmer(s)

Group Farming and Micro Irrigation a Way to Prosperity Bhagwan M. Kapse (India) (2015)

The Willow Creek Piping Project

Mr. Jerry Erstrom, USA (2011)

Rainwater conservation through natural cracks in deep black soils

Mr. Arvind Narayanrao Nalkande, India (2009)

   


 

SPONSORS

 

  • 2015 - Association Française pour l'Etude des Irrigations et du Drainage (AFEID)
  • 2014 - Korean National Committee on Irrigationand Drainage (KCID)
  • 2013 - Turkish National Committee, ICID (TUCID)
  • 2012 - Irrigation Australia's Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IACID)
  • 2011 - Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (IRNCID)
  • 2010 - Indonesian National Committee of ICID (INACID) & Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID)
  • 2009 - Indian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (INCID)
  • 2008 - Pakistan National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (PANCID)
  • 2007 - U.S. National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID)
  • 2006 - Malaysian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (MANCID), andSpanish National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CERYD)
  • 2005 - Spanish National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CERYD)
  • 2004 - French National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (AFEID)
  • 2003 - Japanese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (JNC-ICID)
  • 2002 - Canadian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CANCID)
  • 2001 - Korean National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (KCID)
  • 2000 - Indian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (INCID)
  • 1999 - Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID)
  • 1998 - Netherlands National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (NETHCID), Directorate General of Public Works & Water Management, and IHE Delft