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Canada’s not inconsiderable achievements in the field of agricultural water management will be showcased to the world next year when it hosts hundreds of experts on the subject.

More than 600 delegates from 75 countries are expected to attend the 69th International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) International Conference, in Saskatoon.

The Canadian Water Resources Association and Tourism Saskatoon bid for the event, which will be held at TCU Place, 12-17 August 2018, and will consider the impact of climate change.

Saskatoon is in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, surrounded by close to 25 million hectares of farm land in the Province of Saskatchewan. Agriculture is worth $14bn to the local economy.

The city is home to numerous world class agriculture research and education institutions that support sustainable innovations in agriculture. Managing water effectively is key to sustainable agriculture for ensuring food and water security and for creating resilience to climate variability.

The conference  will provide an opportunity for Canadian scientists, engineers, technology transfer, policy specialists and producers to share and exchange scientific and technical information.

Conference co-chairs Dr Warren Helgason, University of Saskatchewan, and Laurie Tollefson, VP hon. of ICID, said in a joint statement: “The conference will allow us to promote and showcase Canada as a world leader in food security and adaptation to climate change through agricultural water management, and will provide opportunities to engage with other countries on key issues like adaptation to climate change, greenhouse gas mitigation, food security, soil and water management, and to promote shared scientific and agricultural interests.”

The conference, which was last held in Canada 15 years ago, will address the theme: ‘Innovative and Sustainable Agri-water Management: Adapting to a Variable and Changing Climate’.

Brad Peters, director of International Sales for Tourism Saskatoon, said: “It takes local committed and passionate ambassadors like Dr. Helgason and Laurie Tollefson to be enthusiastic about bidding and hosting the conference in Saskatoon and to showcase Saskatoon to the rest of the world. The  impact of hosting 600 world leaders for six days will be significant for Saskatoon’s economy, as well as an opportunity to position our city as a leader in this important field internationally.”