A Manual on Impact Assessment of Watersheds. Global Theme on Agroecosystems Report No. 53

Palanisami, K and Kumar, D S and Wani, S P (2009) A Manual on Impact Assessment of Watersheds. Global Theme on Agroecosystems Report No. 53. Manual. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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Recognising the importance of watershed development as a strategy of rural development, both central and state governments, non-governmental organisations, International Development Agencies invest huge funds on watershed development. The watershed approach enables the planners to internalize such externalities and other linkages among agricultural and related activities. Experience shows that various watershed development programme brought significant positive impact. Impact evaluations contribute to improve the effectiveness of policies and programs. Different methodologies have been used in the evaluation literature mainly the qualitative and quantitative methods. Choosing appropriate methodology for impact assessment of natural resource management interventions is essential. This bulletin outlines the various concepts and methods in watershed impact evaluation with examples. The use of economic surplus approach with consumer and producers’ surplus is compared with the conventional approach with only producers’ surplus. Also incorporation of the rainfall variability in the watershed evaluation is demonstrated. A simple computer based watershed programme incorporating the various components of the watershed development is also developed and included.

Item Type: Monograph (Manual)
Subjects: Others > Watershed Management
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2011 03:56
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2011 03:56
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/1357
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