It is my great pleasure to invite you to join us in St. Petersburg, Russia from 23 to 26 June 2014 for the 12th International Drainage Workshop of ICID.
Agriculture drainage is part of the integrated water and land resources management approach, to ensure sustainable productivity of both water and land. Drainage problems are serious on about 100 to 110 million hectares of irrigated land located in the world's semi-arid and arid zones. Drainage is also required in many rainfed areas of humid and sub-humid regions. Proper drainage also allows crop diversification and intensification, the growth of high-yield and high-value varieties, and effective use of inputs such as fertilizers.
Drainage measures and technologies have always been improved and developed with the progress of since and technology and accumulation of experiences and knowledge. The focus of the 12th International Drainage Workshop of ICID is on exchanging the latest technical know-how and developments in the drainage sector.
Our Russian National Committee (RUSCID) is working hard to prepare an exceptional International Drainage Workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia from 23 to 26 June 2014. Located in the eastern part of Europe and in the northern part of Asia, the Russian Federation is a large country in area. The flora and fauna of Russia have zonal distribution. During 1960s to 1980s, the land reclamation was given a leading role in agricultural development in Russia for its guaranteed contribution to the food production of the country. St. Petersburg is a city with rich culture and historic sites. Therefore, there is much to see in Russia and St. Petersburg.
I can assure you that our colleagues of RUSCID will once again do their best to ensure your safety and enjoyment of a wonderful workshop and study tour. I encourage you to attend this workshop and look forward to seeing you in St. Petersburg next June.
Yours truly, Dr. Gao Zhanyi
President of ICID