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Prof. Dr. Hesham Mostafa Mohamed Ali
Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID)
Coastal Protection Building, Fum,Ismailiya Canal
Shoubra El-Kheima - P.O. Box 40

Tel : +20 2 4464626, +20 2 4464505
Mob : 2-01001445156
Fax : +20 2 4464504
Email : encid@link.net, hmmali@hotmail.com
Website : http://www.encid.org.eg


The Secretary
Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID)
Coastal Protection Building
Fum Ismailia Canal
Shoubra El-Kheima - P.O. Box 40

Tel : +20 2 4464626, +20 2 4464505
Fax : +20 2 4464504
Email : encid@link.net
Website : http://www.encid.org.eg


Prof. Dr. Hesham Mostafa Mohamed Ali
Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID)
Vice President, National Water Research Center
National Water Research Center
Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
Villa 116, Group 1
Madinaty, New Cairo

Mob : 2-01001445156
Email : hmmali@hotmail.com


Dr. Mohamed Abd-El-Moneim Wahba
Vice President Hon., ICID
Regional Training Sector for Water Resources and Irrigation
Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
6 October City, St. No. 1, Fourth Industrial Zone
P.O. Box (58), Zip Code: 12566

Tel : +20-2- 38334227
Mob : +20 100 3965239
Fax : +20-2-38334107
Email : mswahba@hotmail.com, mswahba@gmail.com


Dr. Mahmoud Abu-Zeid
Vice President Hon., ICID
National Water Research Centre
Fum Ismailiya Canal
Shoubra El-Kheima 13411
P.O. Box 74, Cairo

Tel : +20 2 312 3304, +20 2 312 3309
Fax : +20 2 311 3335
Email : abu-zeid@mwri.gov.eg


Dr. Mohamed H. Amer
Vice President Hon., ICID
Chairman Hon.
Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID)

Email : dramer1933@gmail.com


Dr. Safwat Abdel-Dayem
Vice President Hon., ICID
44 Street 231
Deglaa, Maadi

Tel : +20 2 519 89 19
Mob : +20 12 237 922
Email : safwat_eid@hotmail.com


Dr. (Mrs.) Fatma Abdel-Rahman Attia
Vice President Hon., ICID
Head of the Ground Water Section
Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
corniche el Nil, Imbaba
Giza 12666

Tel : +20 2 5449516 / 33 / 02
Fax : +20 2 5449553
Email : f-attia@link.net


Dr. Dia El-Din Ahmed El Quosy
Vice President Hon., ICID
Water Management Research Institute
WRC Building, Delta Barrage
El-Kanater, P.O. Box 13621/5

Tel : +20 2 3123817
Fax : +20 2 3123732
Email : diaa@mwri.gov.eg


Dr. Hussein Ehsan El-Atfy
Vice President Hon., ICID
Secretary General
Arab Water Council (AWC)
9 El-Mokhayam Al-Da'em St.,
Al-Hay Al-Sades
Nasr City, 11471, Cairo

Tel : +2 02 24023276/53
Fax : +2 02 22600683
Email : hielatfy@arabwatercouncil.org, awc@arabwatercouncil.org
Website : www.arabwatercouncil.org


Dr. (Mrs.) Samia El-Guindy
Vice President Hon., ICID
Advisory Panel Project on Water Management (APP)
Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
National Water Research Center
Administration Building, Delta Barrage
P.O. Box 13621/5 El Qanatir, Qalyubia

Tel : +202 4218 3326, +202 4218 6169
Mob : +201 2231 8556
Fax : +202 4218 3326
Email : app@link.net


Dr. Samia El-Guindy
Vice President Hon., ICID
Advisory Panel Project on Water Management (APP)
Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation
National Water Research Center
Administration Building, Delta Barrage
P.O. Box 13621/5 El Qanatir, Qalyubia

Email : app@link.net



Dr. Mohamed Abd-El-Moneim Wahba
Vice President, ICID
Address as above

Tel : 0020 2 444 64505
Mob : 0020 100 396523
Fax : 0020 2 444 64504
Email : mswahba@hotmail.com

Chair - AFRWG ; Member - PCTA, WG-IDSST ; Provisional Member - WG-CDTE


Dr. Waleed Hassan M. Abou El Hassan
Associate Professor
National Water Research Center (NWRC)
Main Building, 13621/5
Delta Barrages, El-Qanater

Tel : +2 01090 277 288
Email : Waleed-hassan@live.com, waleed-hassan@nwrc-egypt.org



Engr. Ashraf El Sayed Ismail
Drainage and Environmental Engineering Expert
Deputy Director, Drainage Research Institute
P.O. Box 13621/5
Delta Barrage (El Kanater)

Tel : +202 42189841, +2 0122 7835558
Email : ashsayed@hotmail.com

Member - WG-SDRG


Dr. Mohamed Hassan Amer
Vice President Hon., ICID
Address as above

Member - WG-WATS


Eng. Omnia Hassan Ahmad Salem - Young Professional
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Provisional Member - AFRWG


Ms. Eman Ragab
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Joint Coordinator - IYPeF


Eng. Nermeen Essam El-Tahan - Young Professional
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Provisional Member - WG-CLIMATE


Eng. Ahmed Awad Hag Abd-Elnabi
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Tel : '01026255509
Email : eng_ahmed_awad@yahoo.com

Provisional Member - WG-HIST


Eng. Mohammed Omar Makram Afify - Young Professional
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Provisional Member - WG-IDM


Eng. Maiada Mohamed Anwar
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Member - WG-SDRG


Eng. Mohamed Saleh El-Basyony
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Member - WG-SDRG


VPH Prof. Dr. Dia El Din Ahmed El Quosy
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Email : diaa@mwri.gov.eg

Member - EB-JOUR ; Provisional Member - WG-HIST


Eng (Ms.) Nermeen Essam El-Tahan - Young Professional
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Mob : '01063014144
Email : eng_eltahan@yahoo.com



Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed Mahmoud
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Email : ibrahimnadaa@hotmail.com

Provisional Member - WG-SON-FARM


Prof. Dr. Tarek Ahmed El-Samman
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Email : tareksamman@yahoo.com, tsamman@cmri-egypt.org

Member - WG-M&R


Dr. Mohamed Shaban M. Abu Salama
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Email : salamashaban@gmx.com

Provisional Member - WG-NCWRI


Dr. Hussein Abdel Halim El Gammal
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Email : elgammalhussein@gmail.com

Provisional Member - WG-NCWRI


Eng. (Ms.) Hala Ramadan El-Sayed Ismail
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Provisional Member - WG-WATS


Dr. Mohamed El-Hagarey
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Provisional Member - WG-WATS


Dr. Hesham Mostafa Mohammed Ali
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Provisional Member - WG-MWSCD


Eng. Dina Mahmoud Mohamed Ali-Young Prfoessional
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Provisional Member - WG-SDRG


Eng. Elaraby Mohamed Gomaa Elkashawy
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Provisional Member - WG-SDTA


Prof. Dr. Hossam Refaat
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Provisional Member - WG-SDTA


Prof. Dr. Zeinab Hussien Behairy
For Address See S.No. 1 Above.

Provisional Member - WG-WATER & CROP

Links of Interest
ICID Strategy for Implementing Sector Vision - Water for Food and Rural Development and Country Position Papers, 2000

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Egypt is a country of ancient genuine civilization and deeply rooted culture and is situated at the north-east extremity of Africa in the heart of the Arab world. It lies between latitudes 22° and 32°N and longitudes 25° and 35°E. The country has a geographical area of 1,001,450 sq.km. of which about 4% is inhabited around Nile valley and delta. The country has a population of over 69 million (2001) and ranks second largest in Africa.

Land Use


Majority of the land is desert. Most cultivated lands are located close to the Nile banks, its main branches and canals. Currently, the inhabited area is about 12.5 million feddans (1 feddan = 1.04 acres) and the cultivated agriculture land is about 7.85 millions feddans. The per capita cultivated land declined from about 0.23 feddans in 1960 to about 0.13 feddans in 1996. The per capita crop area declined from 0.4 feddans in 1960 to about 0.2 feddans in 1966. The sharp decline of per capita and both cultivated land and crop area resulted in the decrease of the per capita crop production.

The current system of land tenure resulted from the limited growth rate of arable lands along with the high growth rate of population. The average holding size of lands dropped to about 1.5 feddans in 1995 with a large number of holders and tiny farms to irrigate.


Climate and Rainfall


Egypt has a hot, dry climate with only two seasons scorching summers and mild winters. Summer lasts from around May to October, and winter lasts from around November to April. January temperatures range from an average high of 18°C in Cairo to an average high of 23°C in Aswan. July temperature reaches an average high of 36°C in Cairo, and 41°C in Aswan. Daily temperatures in the Egyptian deserts vary greatly. The average daytime high temperature is 40°C, while the temperature may drop to 7°C after sunset. North winds from the Mediterranean Sea cool the coast of Egypt during the summer; so many wealthy Egyptians spend the hot summer months of July and August in Alexandria.


Very little rain falls throughout most of Egypt. But winter rainstorms sometimes strike the Mediterranean coast. Most of Egypt receives very little rain. Winter rainstorms occasionally strike the Mediterranean coast, where about 20 centimetres of rain fall each year. Inland, rainfall decreases. Average annual rainfall in Cairo is about 2.5 centimetres. Southern Egypt receives only a trace of rain each year. Around the month of April, a hot windstorm called the Khamsin sweeps through Egypt. Its driving winds blow large amounts of sand and dust at high speeds. The khamsin may raise temperatures as much as 38 Celsius degrees in two hours, and the hot winds can damage crops.


River Basins


The Nile is the only river basin of Egypt. Nile is the longest river of the world. The Nile River flows through Egypt and 9 other countries viz., Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Tanzania, the Democratic Congo, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and Kenya. Egypt lies at the end of Niles route towards sea and it receives the Nile water after it gets emptied along with the route. There are no tributaries joining Nile in the Egyptian territory.

Water Resources


Water resources in Egypt are limited to the following resources :

&&149; Nile River Water,
&&149; Rainfall and flash floods,
&&149; Groundwater in the deserts and Sinai and
&&149; Possible desalination of sea water


Each resource has its limitation on use, whether these limitations are related to quantity, quality, space, time, or use cost.


Nile River Water


Egypt&&146;s main and almost exclusive fresh water is Nile water, which supplies 96 % of its total water. To ensure a fair share of Niles water, in 1959 Egypt signed an agreement with Sudan on its use. The agreement specifies that Egypt&&146;s share of Nile water is 55.5 km3 per year and it is to be released from Aswan High Dam constructed at the border of the Egypt.


Rainfall and Flash floods


Rainfall on the Mediterranean coastal strip decreases from eastward from 200 mm per year at Alexandria to 75 mm year at Port Said. It also declines inland to about 25mm per year near Cairo. The rainfall occurs only in the winter season and in the form of scattered showers and therefore, it cannot be considered as a dependable source of water.

Flash floods due to short period are considered a source for fresh water and the mechanism has been developed to harvest through this water. It is estimated that about 1 (one) km3 of water can be utilized annually by this source.


Ground Water Resources


Ground water in the western desert in the Nubian sandstone aquifer and extends below the vast are of the New Valley governorate and the region east of Owaynat. The ground water in the Sinai is mainly encountered in three different water-bearing formations, the shallow aquifers in northern Sinai, the valleys aquifers and the deep aquifers. The total amount of ground water abstraction in the western desert and Sinai was estimated to about 4.8 km3.


Possible Desalination of Sea Water


Egypt has 2400 km of shore lines on both the Red Sea and Mediterranean sea therefore desalination can be used as a sustainable water resource for domestic use in many locations. This is actually practiced in the red sea coastal area to supply Tourism villages and resort with adequate domestic water where the economic value of the unit of water is high enough to cover the cost of desalination. The future use of such resource for other purposes (agriculture and industry) will largely depend on the rate of improvement in the technologies used for desalination and the cost of needed power. If solar and wind energy can be utilized as the source of power, desalination can become economic for other uses. It may be crucial to use such resource in the future if the growth of the demand for water exceeds all other available water resources. Nevertheless, brackish ground water having a salinity of about 10,000 ppm can be desalinated at a reasonable cost providing a possible potential for desalinated water in agriculture.


The amount of desalinated water at present is in the order of 0.03 km3 per year.


Non-conventional Water Resources


Other sources of water that can be used to meet part of the water requirements, which are called non-conventional resources, which includes:

&&149; The reuse of agriculture drainage water
&&149; The reuse of treated sewage water
&&149; Reuse of treated Industrial water


These recycled water sources cannot be considered independent resources and cannot be added to Egypt&&146;s fresh water resources. These sources need to be managed with care and their environmental impacts evaluated to avoid any deterioration in either water or soil quality. The total amount of such resources is estimated to be 4.7 km3 in the year 1995-96.


The total water resources at present is as under :


Water in km3
Nile water
Ground water
Desalination of sea water
Non-conventional water


Population and cereal production

The population of the country in 1996 was 62 million and it is concentrated in the Nile valley and delta. The projected population in the year 2025 is 95 million.


The per capita availability of mean natural water was 972 cum per year and it will be 635cum in the year 2025.


The cereal production in the year 2002 was 21 million tones and it will have to be raised to 30 million tones in the year 2025 (estimated in proportion to population).


Water Demand


Agriculture and Water Demand


Most of the cultivated lands are close to the Nile banks, its main branches and canals. Currently inhabited area is about 12.5 million sedans and the irrigated agricultural land is about 7.85 million sedans (1 sedan = 1.04 acres). The average annual water for agricultural use is estimated to be 59.9 km3 in the year 2000.


Agriculture requirements in future include two main parts: the irrigation needs for the existing cultivated lands and the expected expansion of irrigated lands.


Two main land reclamation projects have been launched, in the year 1997, the first being El-Salam Canal west of Suez Canal and El-Sheikh Jaber east of Suez Canal to reclaim about 620,000 feddans. The second project is El-Sheikh Canal to reclaim about 500,000 feddans in the south of New Valley. The agriculture requirement in the year 2025 is estimated to be 69.43 km3.


Domestic & Industrial Water Demands


The total municipal water requirement was estimated to be 4.5 km3 in the year 2000, a portion of water is actually consumed and the rest returns back to the system (either to the sewerage system or by seepage to the ground water). The requirement of domestic use is estimated to be 6.6 km3 in the year 2025.

The industrial water requirement during the year 2000 was 7.8 km3 and it will be 10.56 km3 in the year 2025


Navigational Demands


The river Nile main stream and part of irrigation network are being used for navigation when the discharges to meet other agricultural demands are too low and provide minimum draft required by ships.

Hydropower Requirement


There are no special releases for hydropower at present, and releases for irrigation, municipal, industrial, and navigation purposes are used to pass through turbines at the High Aswan Dam.


Water requirement for different sectors at present (2000) and estimated requirement in the year 2025 are given below.


Demand in 2000
Demand in 2025
Domestic water


This can be met from the following resources.


Water resource (km3 )
Nile Water (including Jonglei &&150;1)
Ground water (Nile aquifers)
Ground water (in desert and Sinai)
Drainage reuse in delta
Savings due to changes in cropping patterns
Irrigation improvement
Waste water use
Flash flood harvesting


Water Quality


Water supply system in Egypt relies heavily on reuse of wastewater and drain water, high % of which is untreated. Other issues are salinity from agriculture water, pollution from municipal and industrial use and ground water contamination from Nitrogen, Phosphate, and Potash due to excessive use of fertilizers.


One of the major issues facing Egypt is the accelerated decline of water quality, which has a direct impact on the quantity available for a specific use. The future policy aims to implement a long-term strategy and prevent different resources of pollutants from discharging the Nile water and other work bodies.


Strategies for Water Management


Strategies for water management are as under :


1. By optimizing use of available resources :

  • Minimizing water losses,
  • Carrying out improvement in irrigation projects.
  • Diversification of cropping patterns
  • Increasing the cost of recovery for the services of water distribution

2. Develop groundwater strategies

  • Using aquifer as a storage reservoir the supplement surface water supply
  • Use of modern irrigation method like sprinkler using ground water.
  • Renewing aquifers underlying the Nile valley and delta and in western desert and Sinai.

3. Re-use of agriculture drainage water, sewage water and industrial waste water


4. Development of surface water resources

  • To increase the inflow into the lake Nasser by implementing plant project
  • Augmenting flash flood harvesting.
  • Increasing the use of desalination of brackish water

5. Establishing water uses association to promote farmer&&146;s involvement and the participation in water management.

6. Strengthening institutes, dealing with water resources management to reflect integrated approach of water management.

7. Privatisation of part of activities such as operation and maintenance of some part of network.

8. Review of all existing water resources laws and decrease classifying them into categories according to their relation to water management aspects.


Egypt and ICID


Egypt joined ICID in 1950 as founder member and has since been actively associated with ICID activities at national as well as international level. Egyptian National Committee hosted the 19th IEC (1968), 47th IEC and 16th Congress (1996), 6th Afro-Asian Regional Conference (1987) and will organize the 1st African Regional Conference in December 2004. Mr. M. Suleiman was President, ICID (1954-57). Mr. M. Suleiman (1950-54), Mr. M.A. Selim (1966-69), Mr. I. Kinawy (1971-74), Dr. M.A. Abu-Zeid (1986-89), Dr. M.H. Amer (1989-92), Dr. Safwat Abdel-Dayem (1992-95), Dr. Fatma A.R. Attia (1995-98), Dr. Dia Ahmed El-Quosy (1996-2001), Dr. Hussein Ehsan El-Atfy (2004-2007) and Dr. (Mrs.) Samia El-Guindy (2008-11)were the Vice Presidents. Egyptian National Committee will organize 11th International Drainage Workshop at Cairo, Egypt in September 2012. Egyptian National Committee is actively represented in ICID workbodies.

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