Resource Constraints and Management Options in Mountain Watersheds of the Himalayas : Proceedings of a Regional Workshop held 8-9 December, 2003, in Kathmandu, Nepal (2005)

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ICIMOD's People and Resource Dynamics in Mountain Watersheds of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas Project (PARDYP), funded by SDC, IDRC, and ICIMOD, has been carrying out research in middle mountain watersheds since 1996, focussing on natural resource degradation and community and farm-based options to promote rehabilitation of degraded lands and increase in on-farm productivity. This publication is a compilation of the papers presented at a wrap-up workshop for Phase 2 of the project in December 2003. It assembles the results of three years of research in the five bench mark watersheds by the country teams in China, India, Pakistan, and Nepal, together with some innovative work by others. The papers identify common watershed management issues, especially land use intensification and soil nutrient deficiencies; drinking and irrigation water shortages; and water quality problems. Soil erosion and forest degradation were found to be less significant than previously thought. Although agricultural productivity is still a significant issue, many opportunities were shown for increasing farm productivity using a proper mix of simple technologies and institutional linkages. These proceedings should serve as a valuable resource for researchers, development workers, policy makers, and students of natural resource management working in the Himalayan region.

ISBN: 92-9115-143-2
Language: English
Pages: 298
Note: ICIMOD books and booklets
Table of Contents:
  1. Front Matter
  2. Overview of PARDYP Research: Promising Approaches to Watershed Management
  3. Part One: On-Farm Activities
  4. Consolidation of Farming Options Developed in Earlier Phases of PARDYP
  5. On-farm Research with and for Farmers: Experience from PARDYP in Nepal
  6. Nutrient Dynamics in Farming Systems of the Jhikhu Khola Watershed
  7. Resource Dynamics and Promising Livelihood Options: A Study of the Bheta Gad-Garur Ganga Watershed, Indian Central Himalayas
  8. Traditional Land Use and Environmental Degradation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh
  9. Part Two: Water and Erosion
  10. Water Resource Dynamics: A Comparison of Five Watersheds in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas
  11. Assessment of Runoff and Soil Loss in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region
  12. Challenges in Water Management in Intensively Used Catchments in the Himalayan Region
  13. Water Harvesting in Damaidi Village, China
  14. Assessment of Rainfall, Runoff and Sediment Losses of the Bheta Gad Watershed, India
  15. Interventions to Minimise Nutrient Losses from Bari Land (Rain-fed Upland) in the Middle Hills of the Western Development Region of Nepal
  16. Part Three: Common Property Resources
  17. Potential Strategies for Rehabilitating Degraded Lands in the Middle Mountains of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas
  18. Access to Forest Resources in Hilkot Watershed, Pakistan
  19. Working with Communities in Hilkot Watershed, Pakistan
  20. The Sustainable Management of Common Property Resources in the Indian Central Himalaya: A Case Study from Garur Ganga Watershed
  21. State Simplification and Access Issues for Farming Land in Upland Communities in a Chinese Village
  22. The Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Land Use in Xizhuang Watershed of Yunnan, Southwest China
  23. Agrarian Transformation in the Mountain Watersheds of Yunnan
  24. The Culture of Access to Mountain Resources: Policy Processes and Practices
  25. Equity and Poverty Linkages in the Management of Commons in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas
  26. Annex:
  27. Annex: List of Participants
  28. About the Editors
  29. Back Cover


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