The recent edition of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage Journal (vol 49, no 4) features a number of innovative papers which cover the latest techniques in managing water and land resources for irrigation, drainage and flood control. Two papers, which are of particular interest are: • Water in human life – technical innovations in hydraulic engineering in the last 5000 years by H Fahlbusch.

• The sustainability of the ancient great dam of Ma’rib in Yemen by Ueli Brunner.

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