International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)


International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) Symposium on Sustainable Development of Dams & River Basins inaugurated.


  • The ICOLD is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to the sharing of professional information and knowledge of the design, construction, maintenance, and impact of large dams.
  • It was founded in 1928
  • Headquarter in Paris, France.
  • It consists of 100 member national committees which have a total membership of about 10,000 individuals.
  • The official languages of the commission are English and French.

Key initiatives: World Register of Dams

For the purpose of inclusion in the World Register of Dams, a large dam is defined as any dam above 15 metres in height OR any dam between 10 and 15 metres in height that meets at least one of the following conditions:

  • the crest length is not less than 500 metres
  • the capacity of the reservoir formed by the dam is not less than one million cubic metres
  • the maximum flood discharge dealt with by the dam is not less than 2000 cubic metres per second
  • the dam had especially difficult foundation problems
  • the dam is of unusual design

India and ICOLD

International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) in collaboration with Central Water Commission (CWC), Dam Rehabilitation Improvement Project (DRIP) and National Hydrology Project (NHP) is organizing Symposium on “Sustainable Development of Dams and River Basins” under the aegis of ICOLD at New Delhi as Hybrid event from 24th – 27th February 2021. More than 300 delegates from across the country and abroad will participate in the Symposium.

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