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ICID AnnuAl RepoRt • 2010-11


A half day special meeting between the professionals of ICID and International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) was held on 11 November 2010 at the Central Office. Secretary General Gopalakrishnan welcomed Prof. Jorge Zornberg, President, IGS, Mr. Fumio Tatsuoka, immediate past President, IGS, Dr. G. Venkatappa Rao, past President of Indian Chapter of IGS and other delegates from USA and UK. Dr. S A Kulkarni, Executive Secretary made a presentation about ICID. In 2004, ICID has brought out a publication titled “Application of Geosynthetics in Irrigation and Drainage Projects” in liaison with the IGS. Prof. Jorge Zornberg explained through his presentation the historical development of IGS, key activities and future events. He said that IGS will be interested in making technical contribution through appropriate ICID workbody. IGS has some 150 corporate memberships which have been found to be mutually beneficial. The meeting was a step towards in appreciation of the interest of the IGS to partner with ICID in order to promote the use of geosynthetics in agricultural water


His Excellency Harold Adlai Agyeman, Acting High Commissioner and Minister-Counselor/ Head of Chancery, Ghana High Commission in New Delhi visited the Central Office on 2 June 2010. Ghana was admitted to ICID as a member in 1958 and remained active till 1982. A presentation was made to visiting dignitary highlighting ICID activities, the advantages and benefits for member countries and recent publications. H.E. Harold Adlai Agyeman was impressed with the vital tasks undertaken by ICID and the benefits that member countries gain by active participation. He lauded ICID’s role in ensuring ‘Global Food Security’, its contributions in achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aimed at halving the hungry population around the globe by 2015. The Acting High Commissioner assured for the reactivation of Ghana National Committee of ICID (GHANCID).


Central Office organized an interactive meeting on 12 May 2010 with the objective to consider the report on “India’s Water Challenge on Water” based on the outcome of the World Economic Forum at Davos in 2010, spearheaded by ADB. The ADB was represented by Arjun Thapan, Special Senior Advisor to the President for Infrastructure and Water and Vice Chair of the WEF Global Council on Water Security (Philippines) and Ms. Sujata Gupta, Head, Private Sector, ADB - India Resident Mission, New Delhi. Senior Officers and Professionals from INCID, Central Water Commission (CWC), Delhi Jal (Water) Board, Institution of Engineers (India), Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) and ICID Central Office participated at the meeting. Thapan indicated the prospects of joint work supporting Government agencies and other water related organizations to look at critically future scenarios and options.


Prof. Jorge Zornberg, SG Gopalakrishnan, and Dr. Kulkarni with other ISG members


management. Possible areas of mutual cooperation between ICID and IGS through a MOU were also discussed. The meeting was attended by professionals from Central Water Commission, other Government agencies in Geosynthetics field besides the Central Office.


(From L) Madhu Mohanan (CO), SG Gopalakrishnan, and H.E. Harold Adlai Agyeman


Dr. Arjun Thapan and Professionals from India with SG Gopalakrishnan


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