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Watershed Management (Special Focus on India)

What is Watershed? Its Formation

Need for Watershed Management

Components of Watershed Management

Objectives of Watershed Management

  • Conserve moisture

  • Prevent soil erosion

  • Control problems of drainage, salinity, & alkalinity

  • Control floods

  • Collect surplus run off

  • Recharge ground water or increasing water table in wells

  • Improve main & on-arm irrigation systems for higher productivity

  • Rehabilitate degraded lands; restore productivity & hydrologic function of degraded lands

  • Protect soil & water resources

  • Enhance water quality

Approaches to Watershed Management

Development of Watershed Programs in India

Landmarks in Watershed Management – India

  • Integrated Watershed Management Program (IWMP)

  • National Watershed Development Project for Rainfed Areas (NWDPRA)

  • Watershed Development Project in Shifting Cultivation Areas (WDPSCA)

  • Watershed Development Fund (WDF)

Major Contributions

  • Increase in groundwater recharge

  • Increase in number of wells and water bodies

  • Enhancement of cropping intensity

  • Changes in cropping pattern

  • Higher yields of crops and reduction in soil losses

Case Studies