Integrated Watershed Management in the Global Ecosystem by Rattan Lal

By Rattan Lal

Concentrating on the technical, social, and financial concerns interested in watershed administration, this interdisciplinary writer group specializes in improving land use practices and the of soil water resources.Integrated Watershed administration within the worldwide surroundings is a quantity composed from a world symposium of the world's major specialists and practitioners in soil and water conservation exploring an "ecosystem-based" administration method of the problem.Readers of this quantity will quick get pleasure from why inattention to the problems of persevered land and water degradation stresses human populations. This quantity seeks optimistic effects via greater figuring out of the problems and superior administration approaches.This quantity turns out to be useful to soil scientists, horticulturists, forestry researchers, environmental scientists and social scientists.

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0702/ch01/frame Page 17 Tuesday, July 6, 1999 12:46 PM Watershed Management for Soil Erosion Control 0702/ch01/frame Page 18 Tuesday, July 6, 1999 12:46 PM 0702/ch02/frame Page 19 Tuesday, July 6, 1999 12:54 PM 2 Challenges in Ecosystem Management in a Watershed Context in Asia Jagir S. 32 INTRODUCTION Watersheds are environmental and land management natural units which determine the health of a nation. Poor ecosystem management of watersheds has and will result in the impaired functioning of the watershed, which in fragile environments can lead to ecosystem collapse.

Clearly defined ownership or an equitable sharing system is important for community participation in development program. The importance of social issues, in addition to the conventional biophysical aspects, for successful implementation of environmental management program is being increasingly realized in India and other Asian countries. Considering the enormity of the task, participatory community efforts have to be encouraged by evolving suitable ecoethics, value addition to products, and incentives.

In general, the challenges faced by developing countries, and Asian countries, in particular, include: 1. Realization that watershed management is not merely managing the “shed” but also the “water”; 2. Recognition of the holistic nature of the task; 3. Empowerment of the people with appropriate institutional support; 4. Creating awareness in not only the participating communities but also society as a whole; 5. Ensuring political recognition and support for the ecosystem aspects of sustainable land management; 6.

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