Irrigation Minister with Nepali Delegates participated in 2nd World Irrigation Forum

Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) was successfully organized
at Chiang Mai of Thailand from 6 to 8th November, 2016. In
the forum, Neplese delegation was led by honorable Irrigation
Minister, Mr Deepak Giri. DDG Mr Bashu Dev Lohanee, SDE Mr.
Suresh Sharma and SDE Mr. Gautam Thakur from DoI were the
members of Delegates. The theme of the convention was “Water
Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation for Sustainable
Food Production”.

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The convention was attended by over 1,200 participants from
56 countries representing various disciplines including Ministers,
farmers, researchers, international scientifi c community members,
engineers, industrialists, academicians, policy makers and irrigation
managers. Opening ceremony of the mega event was held on 5th
November, 2016, with paying tribute to recently demised Late
King of Thailand. The ceremony was inaugurated by Thai Minister
of Agriculture and Cooperatives, H.E. General Chatchai Sarikulya.
During the convention, a high level advisory group on Partnership
for Agriculture Water Management was announced on 6th
November in presence of Ministers from Bhutan, Combodia, China,
Ethiopia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal and Thailand, with a view to support
the member countries of ICID in achieving sustainable development
goal (SDG) and share experiences in target related to agriculture

water management, which is key to both food and water security.
On that occasion, honourable Irrigation Minister of Nepal delivered
his speech.
DDG Mr. Lohanee led the team in 67th International Executive
Committee (IEC) meeting. The meeting has approved vice
chairmanship of Mr. Madhav Belbase from Nepal to ICID for four
years’ term from 2016-19 with additional two from different
nationalities. Mr Belbase is currently working as a Joint Secretary
in Water and Engergy Commission Secretariat (WECS) and was
a former Director General of Department of Irrigation. The
meeting also approved 18th Asian Regional Conference of ICID at
Kathmandu, Nepal in March 2018. Further, the meeting decided the
location and time for 69, 70 and 71th IEC meetings. It also approved
on announcing 25 international irrigation heritage sites in 5 different

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