Five most populous countries (China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) out of the top 10 in the world are from Asia accounting for 45% of the world population. About 70% of the world's irrigated area is in Asia and more than 80 percent of water withdrawals are used for irrigation. Eight countries (India, China, Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey and Bangladesh) account for 82% of the total irrigated land in Asia. The first Green Revolution that ICID had the pleasure of supporting, has made Asian countries not only self-sufficient in food but they are also exporting food and fibre. To feed the ever increasing population, we need to find ways to increase the productivity of irrigation to produce the food, fibre and fuel needed for tomorrow's population. We need an ‘Evergreen Revolution’. Nepal is one of the earliest members, joining ICID in 1973 and is very active both nationally and internationally in the fields of irrigation and drainage. Members of NENCID play a prominent role in the management and leadership of ICID, serving as Office-Bearers and workbody members. I am extremely pleased that the Nepalese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (NENCID) will be hosting the 8th Asian Regional Conference in the Himalayan destination of Kathmandu. On behalf of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), I invite you to the 8 TH Asian Regional Conference of ICID to be held from 2-4 May 2018 at Kathmandu, Nepal. The theme of the Regional Conference is “Irrigation in support of an evergreen revolution”. The topics covered would address the challenges to increase agriculture productivity in order to ensure food security for the present and future population in the Asian region. Experts from the region and beyond would have an opportunity to discuss and contribute to a upcoming evergreen revolution that is the need of the hour to ensure food security in Asia. Nepal is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia possessing eight of the ten highest mountains in the world. Nepal is a hotspot destination for mountaineers, rock climbers and people seeking adventure. Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world, is located in Nepal. Mountaineering and other types of adventure tourism and ecotourism are important attractions for visitors. The world heritage site Lumbini, birthplace of Gautama Buddha, is located in the south of the West region of Nepal. Nepal is beckoning you! I am confident that your presence at the 8th Asian Regional Conference will not only prove technically highly rewarding, provide you an opportunity to closely interact with several hundred delegates, but will also present opportunity for enjoying the rich natural beauty. I look forward to welcoming you at Kathmandu.
Dr. Saeed Nairizi
International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)