Unique international network on land use and water management 

Challenge for new board of NETHCID 

President: Charlotte de Fraiture
Secretary: Henk Ritzema
Treasurer: Bert Pijpers

The Dutch Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (NETHCID) is member of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). NETHCID as Dutch national ICID-committee is involved in developing and implementing the strategy and working methods within this international organization.

The scope: the relationship between water management and food security on a global scale

The three of us started April 2013 as the new board of NETHCID. Our challenge is to organize good adequate access to the very interesting worldwide ICID-network of directors, engineers, professionals, scientists from governments, universities and companies.

Our motto: to address and endorse the opportunities and importance of the unique network of NETHCID / ICID.

The new website and the digital NETHCID-newsletter are part of our challenge to achieve all Dutch people, organizations and companies who could benefit of the mentioned network. The could profit from the available information concerning activities and developments in land use, water management, irrigation and drainage. Food security is main priority.

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage was established in 1950. Dutch engineers were involved. It was all about food security on a global scale at that time. Increasing the production per hectare exchanging knowledge about controlling irrigation and drainage was a major challenge. Worldwide exchange of knowledge and practical experiences was found of great importance in that respect.

And nowadays again food security is becoming more and more a major topic globally. It’s related to the still growing world population. But also due to urban growth in the delta areas. Fertile farmland is urbanized. Also water availability has in many areas his limitations. At the same time preserving ecological values is becoming increasingly important.

ICID points worldwide on this issue. In that respect coming October the 1st World Irrigation Forum will be organized in Turkey.

NETHCID will organize on or around World Water Day 2014 the 16th annual symposium. Other initiatives depends on the dedication and financial contributions from the participating organizations in NETHCID. We make an effort for broad commitment. With the already participating organizations we discuss this year the opportunities for cooperation and participation. On August 28th there is the next NETHCID Coordination Meeting.

If you are interested in participation you can always come in contact by mail via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We thank Bart Schulz, Nick van de Giesen and Gerrit van Vuren for their years of dedication to NETHCID and ICID.

President: Charlotte de Fraiture
Secretary: Henk Ritzema
Treasurer: Bert Pijpers