2015 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food, and Energy

21-23 October - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Forum is the largest event in the Mekong Region to address the confluence of water, food and energy. It brings together regional water, food and energy professionals and thinkers to explore new and emergent ideas in water, its development and its exploitation. In 2013, the event attracted over 270 participants from 95 different institutions.

FAO is a convening partner in the WLE. During the event, FAO will chair Special Session 1 ‘Study on the Impacts of Mainstream Hydropower on the Mekong River’, being convened by the Vietnam National Mekong Committee; and serve as a panellist on a session on ‘Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) in paddy rice production to be convened by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change.

2nd World Irrigation Forum

6-12 November 2016 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Thai National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (THAICID) is going to host the 2nd World Irrigation Forum & 67th International Executive Council Meeting at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CECC) under the theme " Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation for Sustainable Food Production"

FAO is co-organizing the forum which we facilitate various side events on Irrigation Modernization and Coping with water scarcity. We will also organize Water Accounting training, meetings on FAO Reference Centres, as well as booth exhibition to display display our related publications and materials at zone 2. 

ICT Irrgation e-Conference


FAO Asia-Water 
is pleased to invite you to participate Irrigation ICT e Conference at the forum of www.asia-water.org on 26 December 2016 – 26 January 2017

The Irrigation ICT e-conference is based on the review of attached four countries’ reports in Bangladesh, China, India, and Nepal to analyze existing ICT technologies and trends to improve irrigation management. You are most welcome to provide comment and feedback on the discussion topics below. The summary of contribution and inputs from the e-Conference will be integrated in future FAO reports. 


Guideline for Registration

1. Click 'Register now' at the main HOME page or at the attachment below
2. Fill your information and click submit
3. If you already have Username from previous e-Conference but forget your password, please send the request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your new password to reset your account 
4. Please review countries report before participation
5. Please feel free to post your comment and feedback with respect. Your first post will be reviewed and approved before posted to ensure no spamming message. You will be able to post and will be approved directly after your first post.



Asia is facing two transitions: a structural transformation of agriculture and a transition to sustainable agriculture. Managing these dual transitions that require maintaining growth in one hand and ensuring environmental sustainability on the other, is challenging. These transitions also strongly shape the agricultural water management. Managing the transitions need to be addressed through new practices and investment where innovation in technology and in management plays central role.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) application is more recent, it facilitates the collection and analysis of data and information on water management and in water services in several ways. It has been applied in mapping of water resources, designing early warning systems, and in developing real time decision support systems in water management. The innovation and change in technology continues with profound impact in resource management, system operation, and pattern of service delivery and accountability to the end users in water sector.

In order to have improved understanding on how the emerging technological innovation is shaping the water resource management landscape in the region, RAP conducted case studies for four countries to analyse various forms of technology and their applicability and adoptability in the context of these agricultural transformations and transitions indicated earlier. A key focus area of this study is to understand application of various forms of technology in local water management that directly supports rural livelihood so as to design technology based water intervention program avoiding negative impacts on rural poor.  


Country reports

  •    BANGLADESHImpact of ICT in Ground Water Management
  •     CHINACase Study on ICT Application for Rural Groundwater Management      
  •    INDIARole of ICTs in Water Management in India
  •   NEPALStudy on Application of Modern Technologies to Facilitate Commercial Irrigated Agriculture for Improving Rural Livelihood                          


Discussion topics

  • Physical and policy context of ICT application in irrigation management
  • Compatibility and cost/benefit of irrigation ICT
  • The benefits of application of ICT in irrigation
  • Impacts of irrigation ICT on water resource management
  • Irrigation ICT and rural poor

Each above topic is the concerning issue of the conducted country case studies. The objective for this e-Conference is to get your feedback and comments on these four case studies. The e-Conference will help to further build knowledge for irrigation ICT as well as the SWOT analysis (the advantages, the disadvantages, the opportunities and the threats) to improve technology in irrigation and water management.



Li He, Natural Resoures Officer 
Natural Resources and Environment, FAORAP
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