Collective Action for Integrated Watershed Management in Semi-Arid India: Strategic Policy and Institutional Options .Strategic Assessments and Development Pathways for Agriculture in the Semi-Arid Tropics uri icon


  • Degradation of agroecosystems and decliningsustainability are major concerns for agriculturaldevelopment in many poor regions of the worldwhere livelihoods depend on exploitation of naturalresources. This is especially significant in the semi-arid areas, where water scarcity, frequent drought,soil degradation and other constraints loweragricultural productivity and the resilience of thesystem. Community-based integrated watershedmanagement (IWM) is therefore being recognizedas a suitable strategy for improving productivity andsustainable intensication of agriculture in drought-prone regions. This concept ties together thebiophysical notion of a watershed as a hydrologicalunit with the social aspect of community and itsinstitutions for sustainable management of land,water and other resources

publication date

  • 2007