IRLA2014

Dates: 
Thursday, 20 November, 2014

IRLA2014

The 1st International Symposium regarding the Effects of Irrigation and Drainage on Rural and Urban Landscapes aims to highlight the effects of irrigation (the most significant water consumer) and drainage to rural and urban landscapes. Irrigation and drainage have changed the route of human history. Irrigation systems, transformation of swamps and arid (even desert) land to cultivated land through land reclamation projects contributed to the agricultural revolution. In some cases, like polders and windmills which are characteristic of the Dutch countryside or the rice cultivations in Indonesia using graduated terraces, irrigation and drainage characterize the landscape. Moreover, irrigation systems have made urban environments more hospitable and allowed for parks and leisure setups to provide convenient and pleasant places for athletic activities, vacations etc.

On the other hand, surface water bodies drainage or route change, big constructions like dams and open irrigation networks, excessive and inefficient irrigation along with fertilisation, uncontrolled over pumping, etc are responsible for landscape downgrading, sea water invasion in groundwater, change in microclimate, eutrophication of water bodies, desertification etc. All these must be confronted in the framework of climate change and water deficiency.