It is my great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 3rd World Irrigation Forum (WIF3) in September 2019 at Bali, Indonesia. The main theme of WIF3 is “Development for water, food and nutrition security in a competitive environment”. The Forum will be followed by the 70th Meeting of International Executive Council of ICID.
Sustainable development under limiting natural resources, for the future we want as envisaged under Agenda 2030, calls for recognizing the interlinkages between various sectors. A clear understanding of these interlinkages such as nexus between water, food and energy requires greater interaction between stakeholders from all the three sectors and generate better coordination mechanisms among different disciplines. Such an approach only can improve the water and energy productivity in agriculture to ensure rural transformation. The Forum, third in the series will provide an opportunity for the actors in these sectors to come together and develop pathways to the sustainable development.
The venue of the event “Bali” is known for its picturesque landscape of paddy fields/rice terraces. The integrated rice-field irrigation system of Bali, Indonesia, called “Subak” has been known to the world for centuries and has been awarded World Heritage Cultural Landscape status by UNESCO. It is deeply ingrained in the Balinese culture since 11th century and it includes social, water management and spiritual aspects.
The Balinese ‘Subak’ system is a great example of a self-sustaining farming system, which has been developed to fit perfectly the Balinese landscape and culture. It will be once again an excellent opportunity for all of us to be in Indonesia to exchange and share the experiences, technologies and ideas to promote the sustainable development through irrigation and drainage.
Many of us who attended the 6th Asian Regional Conference and 61st IEC meeting in October 2010 at Yogyakarta were very much impressed by the hospitality of INACID and the Indonesian Government. With so much to see and do in Indonesia, I know that you will enjoy your stay in this most beautiful province of Bali and to experience the wonders and richness of the history and ancient civilization of the region.
I extend a cordial invitation to all the prospective delegates for the 3rd World Irrigation Forum and the 70th International Executive Council Meeting at Bali in Indonesia.
Dr. Saeed Nairizi
President, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage