The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), the Indonesian National Committee of ICID (INACID), in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (PUPR) of Indonesia hosted the 3rd World Irrigation Forum & 70th International Executive Council Meeting.
The forum which takes place from 1-7 September 2019 and officially opened on 2 September involved more than 1,400 irrigation stakeholders from 78 ICID member countries, encompassing governments, experts, research institutions, NGOs, and farmers.
In his remarks, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), Basuki Hadimuljono, stated that this forum could give birth to solutions to problems plaguing the irrigated agriculture, in time of depleting freshwater resources as a result of global warming and climate change, and the increase of world’s population.
ICID President, Eng. Felix B. Reinders further appreciated Indonesia’s willingness and readiness to host this triennial event. He believes that the irrigation system in Indonesia can be a valuable lesson for other participating countries, and vice versa.
The success of Bali being chosen as the host of WIF is not without reason. In addition to the continuous lobbying of the Government and its tourist attractions, as one of the eleven ICID founding countries in 1950, Indonesia’s developing water resources usage for agriculture has always been an interesting case study for the world. Subak, which is a cultural heritage of Bali since the 11th century, is one of them. UNESCO has established Subak and its manifestations as world cultural heritage, including: Jatiluwih irrigation, Ulun Danu Batur Temple, Pakerisan irrigation, Catur Angga Batukaru irrigation, and Taman Ayun temple.
Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) has the honor to welcomed all delegates of the forum and proudly served them in the welcome reception which held on the evening of 2 September at the Peninsula island located only a mile from the convention center.