Participatory Irrigation Management

International Network on Participatory Irrigation Management
A global network for the promotion of people, public, private partnerships in irrigation and water resources management.
NINTH INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON PARTICIPATORY IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT

"Institutional and Technological Interventions for Better Irrigation Management in the New Millennium”

The Ninth International Seminar on Participatory Irrigation Management will be held in Pakistan from 4 – 8 December 2006. The Seminar is being organized by the International Network on Participatory Irrigation Management (INPIM) in collaboration with major Regional and International donors, Government agencies/institutions in Pakistan (Water/irrigation/agriculture related Ministries/Departments), and other related national and international NGOs. The theme of this seminar is “Institutional and Technological Interventions for Better Irrigation Management in the New Millennium”.

The seminar will highlight the diverse experiences of both the host country and other nations in the world, as well as selected cases with better practices in irrigation management. The seminar will offer the participants the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in irrigation sector, review state-of-the-art thinking on irrigation reforms, network with irrigation professionals, policy makers and donors from around the world, and see first hand the functioning of newly established institutions, including farmer organizations and WUAs in Pakistan. The program will be of five days and will include three and a half days of presentations and discussions and a day of field visits and interactions with stakeholders and staff of the newly established provincial irrigation and drainage authorities in Pakistan.

Seminar Theme and Sub-themes

The theme of the seminar is “Institutional and Technological Interventions for Better Irrigation Management in the New Millennium” with three sub-themes as follows:
i) Participatory Irrigation Management – PIM frameworks and models, support systems and sustainability of new institutions, public-private partnership in irrigation management, better practices and lessons learned from interventions, constraints and opportunities;

ii) Irrigation Financing – irrigation subsidies, irrigation O&M cost recovery, best practices in irrigation cost recovery, charging and financial sustainability of new irrigation institutions

iii) Resource Conserving Technologies – productivity enhancing and resource conserving technologies, high efficiency systems, other water saving techniques and practices.

Call for Papers/posters
Papers and posters are invited on the above three sub-themes (and may include related project/country case studies, success/failure stories, conceptual/ methodological approaches, frameworks and issues, experiences/lessons/guidelines).

Paper abstracts and poster proposals should be submitted to INPIM as soon as possible and no later than 20 September 2006. Abstracts must be submitted in the following format:

1. Length: no longer than one letter size page

2. Font: Time New Romans 12 point

3. Margins: 1 inch around the entire page

Papers accepted for presentation must be submitted by 30 October 2006. Papers must be submitted in the following format:

1. Length: no longer than 10 letter size pages

2. Font: Time New Romans 12 point

3. Margins: 1 inch around the entire page

Background

The importance of participatory irrigation management in irrigation reforms, with the aim to make irrigation systems sustainable, is now widely recognized by governments, donor agencies and other stakeholders. While PIM as a concept and approach has been in vogue for over two decades with varying degrees of success, the fascinating and challenging debates on emerging PIM issues continue. As irrigation reforms progress, issues continue to emerge, alternative PIM models and frameworks continue to be experimented in diverse local environments, and PIM approaches continue to be evolved and refined. Importantly, as water becomes scarce and faces intense sectoral competition in most settings in the world and in times of ever than greater need to increase land and water productivity of irrigation systems to meet the additional demand for food for increasing population, there is an increasing need to better use and manage each single drop of water. And the PIM approach to irrigation management assumes greater than ever significance in such settings. The purpose of this international seminar is to report and discuss various issues and challenges related to PIM, irrigation financing and new resource conserving technologies, share experiences and lessons, discuss solutions and options, and celebrate progress made in these areas in international settings.

Through a combination of insightful presentations by a series of international speakers and ensuing discussions, the participants will be taken through the issues and challenges in the field and become acquainted with some of the possible options and solutions. We trust that this event will provide an excellent opportunity to participants for sharing ideas, experiences and knowledge in a high level of professional but still informal, friendly and networking atmosphere. We are confident that this event will be truly outstanding for deepening our knowledge of PIM issues and outlining the way forward. Through this event, we hope that we can continue the wonderful tradition of water professionals in making our share of contribution to the betterment of the water users, especially the poor men and women in rural areas of developing countries.

Seminar Program

Besides offering the opportunity to review state-of-the-art thinking on irrigation reforms, this international seminar offers the opportunity for networking with irrigation professionals from around the world. The seminar will be conducted in English. The seminar venue is under finalization and will be indicated to all registered participants. The participants are requested to begin checking into the hotel at 12:00 hrs on Sunday 3 June 2006. The participants should check out of the hotel no later than 12:00 hrs local time on Friday 8 June 2006. Participants wishing to arrive before, or stay after, the above mentioned dates and times should arrange for accommodations at their own expense. INPIM and other organizers will not be responsible for any additional expenditure incurred. The seminar program is briefly outlined below:

03/12

Participants Registration (afternoon, evening)

04/12

Inaugural Session, Keynote Address and Keynote Presentations. Technical Sessions, Presentations, Welcome Dinner (evening)

05/12

Technical Sessions, Presentations, Discussions

06/12

Field Visit – Interactions with FOs/WUAs, PIDA/AWB/FO Personnel

07/12

Group work, Technical Sessions, Presentations, Discussions

08/12

Group work, Technical Sessions, Presentations, Discussions

08/12

Participants leave in the afternoon

Seminar Fee, Payment and Registration,

INPIM offers a pre-arranged package including lodging, local transportation, meals, study materials and field visits at US $1200 (from the afternoon of Sunday to the forenoon of Friday 8th). Any additional expenses on telephone calls, laundry, and use of the hotel bar will be at the participant’s expenses. Payment of the seminar fee can be made through a bank/wire transfer directly to INPIM's bank account. The information required to make a wire transfer will be made available upon request by email to ihussain@inpim.org or ssarwar@inpim.org or info@inpim.org.

Participants will be registered through a two step process of registration as explained below:

1. Pre-registration – Participants are requested to complete the pre-registration by providing basic information in the Table (given below and attached) to express their interest in participating in the seminar.

Information for pre-registration

Name

Country and City

Designation, Profession/Field of Work

Email Address

Telephone/Fax

Would you like us to send you final registration forms?

Note: Payment of fee can be made at pre-registration stage or at final registration stage as explained below. Early registration and payment of fee offers some financial benefits to the participants.

2. Final registration and payment of fee – upon receipt and processing of the pre-registration forms, final registration forms will be sent to the pre-registered participants as per the following schedule and benefits:

- Final Registration and payment of full fee by 30 Sep2006, 5 percent discount

- Final Registration and payment of full fee by 15 October, 2 percent discount

- Final Registration and payment of full fee by 30 October 2006, No discount

- Final Registration and payment of full fee by 15 Nov 2006, 5 percent lat registration charge

- Final Registration and payment of full fee by 30 Nov 2006, 20 percent late registration charge

VISA and Travel to Pakistan

Each participant must arrange to obtain his or her own visa for entry into Pakistan. Participants are advised to contact the Pakistani Embassy in their respective country to ascertain procedures for obtaining a visa. A letter of invitation will be made will be made available to all participants for securing a visa from their respective country. INPIM will facilitate the issuance of letters of invitation upon receipt of the registration forms. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to, and should make their airline reservations as soon as possible. Participants are advised to intimate their arrival and departure plans to enable reception and send off at the airport or train station.

About INPIM:

INPIM, the International Network on Participatory Irrigation Management is a global network for promoting participatory irrigation management and public-private sector partnerships in irrigation and water resource management through the exchange of best practices, lessons learned, training materials and networking among professionals, researchers, policy makers and farmers. INPIM is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Washington DC, which works closely with the World Bank and other development organizations, both public and private, which are active in the irrigation sector.

The International Network on Participatory Irrigation Management has been conducting a series of policy seminars on PIM since 1996 with the World Bank Institute. The aim of the PIM policy seminars has been to promote dialogue of policy options and best practices for bringing irrigation water users into the mainstream of irrigation system management. Furthermore the seminars have been promoting dialogue on bringing irrigation users into the decision-making process at the sectoral level, including decisions about infrastructure investments and water allocation. The First International Seminar on Participatory Irrigation Management was held in Mexico City, Mexico in February 1995 and was co-sponsored by Mexico's National Water Commission (CNA) and the World Bank Economic Development Institute (EDI). Since then, seminars have been conducted in Anatalya, Turkey (1996), Tokyo, Japan (1997), Bali, Indonesia (1998), Andhra Pradesh, India (1999), Beijing, China (2002), Tirana, Albania (2004) and Tarbes, France (2005).

Further Information

Intizar Hussain, Ph.D.

Executive Director INPIM

INPIM Secretariat,

H # 13, Street No. 1, Korang Town,

Islamabad Zone 5, Pakistan

Email : ihussain@inpim.org

info@inpim.org

Tel: +92-51-5819038
+92-51-5958238
Fax: +92-51- 5958239
Mob: +92-321-7537092

Website: www.inpim.org

Salman Sarwar

Development Officer,

INPIM Secretariat,

H # 13, Street No. 1, Korang Town,

Islamabad Zone 5, Pakistan

Email : ssarwar@inpim.org

Tel: +92-51-5819038
+92-51-5958238
Fax: +92-51- 5958239
Mob: +92-321-4640313

Website: www.inpim.org