Invitation from ICOLD President

ICOLD President

Dear ICOLD Members, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Directors and Central Office of International Commission of Large Dams (ICOLD), it is an honor for me to invite our 100 National Committees to send delegates and their accompanying persons to the 88th Annual Meeting of ICOLD. The meeting will be held from the 28th Nov to 3rd Dec 2020 in New Delhi, the modern and vibrant capital city of India.

The ICOLD, National Committee of India, has prepared an excellent program in an exciting location. India is a strong and important long-standing member of ICOLD. In a country with 5264 dams and 437 dams under construction, India is a top leader in the world in the development of critical water infrastructure, including important mega-projects such as Bhakhra and Tehri Dam projects and the World Bank supported Dam Rehabilitation Improvement Project. With the support of INCOLD, these modern water infrastructure projects have significantly contributed to the sustainable growth of the agriculture, water supply and power sectors in India to meet the increasing requirements of a strong nation.

I am looking forward to an exciting and memorable ICOLD 2020 Annual Meeting based on the successful past meetings organized by INCOLD, including Congresses in 1951 & 1979 and Annual Meeting in 1998. For ICOLD 2020, the ICOLD technical committees will have the opportunity to organize meetings and workshops to deliberate on recent advances and challenges being faced by dam industry. The delegates of 88th Annual Meeting will also have the chance to participate in the Symposium on “Sustainable Development of Dams and River Basins”, which will focus on important topics such as Dam Safety, River Basin Development, Flood Management and Extreme Events, Tailings Dams - Life Extension and Rehabilitation Strategies, Sedimentation Management, and Reservoir Seismicity. The expected outcomes of ICOLD 88th Annual Meeting and Symposium in India will certainly be indispensable for the global dam community.

In view of the many opportunities and challenges in our industry, I encourage you to come to the ICOLD 88th Annual Meeting in India, not only to discuss the emerging professional topics, but also to see friends in our ICOLD family. I am confident that INCOLD will arrange a high-quality technical content for the meeting along with attractive social and accompanying persons programme.

I’m looking forward to welcoming the ICOLD Family – old friends as well as new-comers in November 2020 in New Delhi, India.

Warmest regards,
President of International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD/CIGB)

The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) is a non-governmental international organization which provides a forum for exchange of knowledge and experience in dam engineering. ICOLD is a leader in setting standards and guidelines to ensure that dams are built and operated safely, efficiently and economically, and are environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. Every year, ICOLD holds an Annual Meeting and Symposium in a selected country. ICOLD membership consists of the National Committees of more than 100 countries. The Indian National Committee on Large Dams (INCOLD) is the National Committee representing India. Technical Committees of ICOLD are the heart of the organization. Membership on each Committee is determined by the needs of the Committee and the countries that choose to be represented. An important part of the annual ICOLD event is the opportunity for all delegates to observe the meetings and workshops of the Technical Committees and interact with experts from other countries.