The issues related to the main theme and the three sub-themes will be deliberated using background papers, presenting key note addresses, and discussions at the plenary sessions and parallel sessions, and recommendations for the future course of action will be brought out in the concluding sessions and the thematic wrap up session.

Back-ground papers on each of the sub-themes will be prepared by a team of experts and made available for the stakeholders to come to a common understanding of the issues involved. The papers will bring out the potential challenges and opportunities and identify gaps. Some of the partners will be requested to provide inputs in terms of Key Notes at the opening plenary of the main theme of the Forum. The objective would be to seek inputs from various stakeholders to explore various options to convert the existing challenges into opportunities and ways and means to bridge the existing gaps in capacities to overcome the challenges.

Each sub theme will be introduced to the participants at a plenary session where the respective background papers will be introduced, along with a key note from a well-known expert. The session will be presented with the best paper under the sub-theme and the best ‘short communication' on the topic selected from among the full papers and short communications received. The session, through expert panel, will formulate the issues that would need to be addressed during the parallel sessions on the three identified topics under the sub-theme. The outcomes of the parallel sessions will be brought together in a concluding session for the sub-theme, which will prepare a draft of recommended actions for future in consultation with the audience.

At the final thematic plenary session, recommendations from the three concluding sessions of each of the sub-themes and related Round Tables and Panel Discussions will be presented and debated together by a panel in an all-inclusive session and provide recommended actions. The outcomes of thematic plenary will be reported at the thematic wrap up session.


Two roundtable sessions on ‘Policy and Financing' and another on ‘Stakeholders: Farmers, Researcher, Industry and Youth' will be organized during the Forum. Roundtables will be organized among invited high level participants: ministers, top level UN managers, representatives of various stakeholder groups on specific topic. Couple of panel discussion, on the issues of concerns of ‘Farmers' and ‘Industry', are expected to be sponsored by partners and international organizations. Conducted by moderators, the outcomes of the roundtables and panel discussions will be fed into the thematic wrap up.


A limited number of Special Sessions, directly linked to one of the three sub-themes whose outcomes will be fed into the thematic wrap up session, will take place during the Forum. Special Sessions, of 90 minutes will be organized by partners, governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, international organizations, and UN bodies. Proposals giving the objectives, expected outcomes and their linkages with the sub-themes and the proposed speakers/participants for special sessions (in a prescribed format) are invited to be submitted by 1st May 2013 and the organizations will be intimated by 1st June.


In the heart of the Exhibition arena, you will have the opportunity to take the stage and ‘have your say' on any relevant topic for 45 minutes, albeit with prior appointment. The platform will provide an opportunity for the companies, institutions to showcase their innovative approaches with proven successes or with a promise. You will have to register in advance for a timeslot with a nominal fee.


Training sessions at the World Irrigation Forum would be organized at the ‘Learning Centre' to provide an essential "how to" approach on the development of the latest irrigation and drainage innovations and their implementation. The Training Events, many directly related to the main meetings, will be held during the Forum on 1st, and 2nd October 2013, catering for a group of maximum 15 participants at a time. International Organizations, Regional or National institutions are invited to propose such training events by 1st May 2013. The Event Management Company will charge a nominal fee for the facilities provided to the organizers of the courses such as audio-visual systems and room rentals. The training should be free of charge and only the registered participants to the WIF would be given the opportunity to register for the courses on first come first serve basis.


Taking advantage of the presence of irrigation and drainage experts, managers, policy makers, farmers, and industry experts, partners will be provided the opportunity to organize closed discussions on special topics among the invited participants.


Following the principle of "seeing is learning”, a small theatre of capacity of 30 participants will be available for presenting short films covering new instruments, technologies, development projects related to one of the sub-themes of the Forum. Each show will be of the duration of 45 minutes, including any discussions or question and answer session following the film show. International institutions, National Committees and companies are encouraged to book the time slots available at every hour starting 10.00 AM till 18.00 hrs. The Event Management Company will charge a nominal fee for the facilities (such as audio-visual systems and room rentals) provided to the organizers of the film shows.


The accepted full papers, which cannot be presented orally would be presented as posters in the area adjacent to the exhibition. In addition opportunity will be available for organizing thematic posters sessions on various related topics.

Poster size is maximum height: 1000 mm, width: 700 mm. Poster format is portrait (that means the narrow side is on top). You are kindly requested to use our suggested poster template.