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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2021 Edition Online

This course will be offered in an online/remote teaching format due to Covid-19 restrictions. The course's content and learning objectives will remain unchanged, while the duration may be extended. You can contact the course coordinator for more information about the new -temporary- format of the course.

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.


Agronomy, irrigation methods, and understanding of irrigation system lay-out and design aspects.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 07 March 2022
End: 25 March 2022
Deadline IHE application: 06 February 2022 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3000

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Evaluate objectives, tasks and set-ups for irrigation management, operation and maintenance and its implications for irrigation performance
  2. Demonstrate the role of property creation for the development and sustainability 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. Apply key concepts of irrigation performance assessment, including its role, types of assessment, criteria, indicators, benchmarking, targets, and interpretation of data in order to analyse and address problems related to irrigation performance
  5. Apply the theory of conceptualizing irrigation systems as socioecological systems


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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