A Consortium Approach for Sustainable Managementof Natural Resources in Watershed uri icon

abstract

  • The natural resource management in the dry regions imposes challenging pressure on the fragileecosystems, as they are the source of livelihoods of people whose key occupation is agriculture. ICRISAT?searlier experiences indicated that in the past, watershed management emphasized soil and waterconservation measures. Lack of holistic approach to natural resource management in conventionalwatersheds has led to the emergence of a new integrated watershed management model. Importantcomponents of this new model are farmer-participatory approach, use of new science tools, knowledgeflowfrom on-station to on-farm watersheds, holistic systems approach with integrated genetic and naturalresource management (IGNRM) strategy providing site specific solutions, a consortium of institutions fortechnical backstopping, continuous monitoring and evaluation by the stakeholders, community andwomen empowerment, and environmental protection. The main features of the consortium approach aretechnical backstopping by the consortium of multi-institutions, linking strategic and developmentalresearch on farmers? fields, reducing the lag for transferring results from research fields to farmers? fields,empowering the development workers and farmers to manage natural resources sustainably, andharnessing the strengths of the partners to make a win-win situation for all the partners. The consortiumstrategy has facilitated the exchange of knowledge and technologies amongst the consortium partners,reduced land degradation, and improved rural livelihoods through increased incomes

publication date

  • 2001