The International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (IRCSA)
aims to promote and advance rainwater catchment systems technology
with respect to planning, development, management, science,
technology, research and education worldwide; establish an
international forum for scientists, engineers, educators,
administrators and those concerned in this field; draft
international guidelines on this technology and update and
disseminate information; collaborate with and support international
It was founded August 1989 at the 4th International Rainwater
Cistern Systems Conference in Manila and officially launched in
August 1991 at the 5th conference in Taiwan. The association has
since run conferences every two years; in Kenya 1993, Beijing 1995,
Iran Islamic Rep 1997, Brazil 1999, Germany 2001, Mexico 2003, India
2005 and Australia 2007. The next conference will be held in 2009 in
The primary objectives of IRCSA are:
- The promotion and advancement of Rainwater Catchment Systems
Technology with respect to planning, development, management,
science, technology, research and education world-wide.
- The establishment of an International forum for scientists,
engineers, educators, administrators and all others who are,
directly or indirectly, concerned in rainwater catchment system
programs to link all those working in this field so that
information and experiences can be shared.
- The drafting of international guidelines on the use of
Rainwater Catchment Systems technology and the updating and
dissemination of this information.
- The collaboration with and support of International Programs
in the field of Rainwater Catchment Systems including co-operation
with other organizations having activities in
- The support and continuation of the International Rainwater
Catchment Systems Conference series.