Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems

This course exposes irrigation engineers and managers to: various activities and methods necessary to manage irrigation systems in a service-oriented way; consequences for physical and managerial infrastructure and physical, financial and socio-economic environment; and tools for improving irrigation system performance.

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For whom?

The 3-week course is for professionals and academics involved in irrigation and drainage system management in various government and non-government organizations.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 02 March 2020
End: 20 March 2020
Deadline IHE application: 01 February 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Evaluate objectives, tasks and types of irrigation management arrangements and its implications for irrigation peformance
  2. Demonstrate the role of property creation for the management and development of irrigation and drainage systems
  3. Discuss the importance of the social aspects that define the feasibility, implementation and continuation of land and water development projects
  4. Assess the relevance and concepts of stakeholder participation in irrigation management
  5. Explain the theory, key concepts, conceptual framework and merits of water accounting in irrigation schemes
  6. Apply key concepts of irrigation performance assessment, including its role, types of assessment, criteria, indicators, benchmarking and targets, in addressing problems related to irrigation performance
  7. Use the IWMI water accounting framework to perform water accounting in irrigation schemes, interpret the results, provide situation analysis and formulate relevant recommendations for improvements.


Policy Objectives for Irrigation Development & Management; Water Delivery Arrangements incl. Suitable Flow Control; Levels of Water Delivery Service & Associated Costs; Legislative, Organisational & Financial Attributes of Service Oriented Management; Service Agreements Considering Cost Recovery & Accountability; Asset Management Plans; Monitoring & Evaluation + Benchmarking Systems for Assessing System Performance.


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