Friday, March 19, 2010

David Seckler

Director General, IWMI (1995-2000), currently Director, Winrock Water

Extension, refinement, elaboration and promotion of the basin perspective in water resources. Of course IWMI did not discover basins or the limitations of classical irrigation efficiency concepts, but it did do a lot in the way of the above four words.

World Water Supply and Demand Projections. That study was a first and has been followed by many others, including the later IWMI work. It has had a large effect on getting the world to recognize the ongoing and worsening water crisis.

Promoting the use of remote sensing in analyzing irrigation systems. IWMI provided Wim Bastiansen with his first substantial opportunity to apply his theories and sponsored several large-scale tests for a technique that is now being used all over the world.

The work on the health effects of irrigation in terms of malaria control and use of wastewater in irrigation. I believe that this work started a very important movement of research and action around the world.

1 comment:

  1. Why IWMI is not working on health issues anymore? It has been a long time since I have seen a Research Report or Water Policy Brief on agricultural water and health issues. For most people, water and heatlh means drinking water and sanitation but there is more to it than that, isn't there?