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 103 National Committees to attend ICOLD and
APG Symposium on Virtual Platform from 24th - 27th February 2021 in New Delhi.
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 5334 dams and 411 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 Symposium based on the successful past meetings
organized by INCOLD, including Congresses in 1951 & 1979 and Annual Meeting in 1998. In additional
workshops are also being organized by ICOLD experts to deliberate on recent advances and challenges being
faced by dam industry. The delegates have the chance to participate in the deliberations of the Symposium on
“Sustainable Development of Dams and River Basins” and APG Symposiumin “Water and Dams”, 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 Symposium in India will certainly be indispensable for the global
In view of the many opportunities and challenges in our industry, I encourage you to attend ICOLD Symposium,
not only to discuss the emerging professional topics of the Symposium and Workshop, which will be of a higher
quality technical interest.
I am looking forward to welcoming the ICOLD family members to participate in the Symposium and Workshop in
virtual platform in February 2021 at New Delhi.
MICHAEL F. ROGERS
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 101 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.