Validating Community-Based Water Resources Management Approaches for Hill and Mountain Ecosystems

This follow-up PDA will validate the robustness and replicability of the IWRM approaches tested by the previous PDA and will cover adjoining areas under a different irrigation system and different sub-watershed.

Description

The PDA on "Community-Based Water Resources Management Approaches for Hill and Mountain Ecosystems" supported the implementation of ADB's Community Managed Irrigated Agriculture Sector Project (CMIASP) in Nepal by complementing the irrigation subprojects with activities for improving sloping agriculture, watershed management, multi-use water systems and soil stabilization. The results from this PDA indicate that implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM) approaches that specifically address hill and mountain ecosystems are found useful to poor and small farmers.

However, the technologies tested were limited to a narrow geographical location and certain type of socio-cultural setting. This follow-up PDA will validate the robustness and replicability of the IWRM approaches tested by the previous PDA and will cover adjoining areas under a different irrigation system and different sub-watershed. Validating the approaches using as many samples of communities as possible will enhance the findings and recommendations that the PDA aims to put forward as to the approaches that should be adopted for hill and mountain ecosystems in Nepal and other countries in similar situations.

Expected Outcome

  • Replicable approaches for landslips and canal stabilization along the irrigation canal for hill and mountain ecosystems developed
  • Integrated water resources management approaches focusing on domestic and productive use of water promoted
  • Landslides situation in the area decreased and soil fertility status of the area improved
  • Increased sustainable production and annual sales of high-value vegetables and non-timber forest products (NTFPs)
  • Increased adoption of improved technology
  • Enhanced capacity of community people for integrated water resources management and livelihood improvement
  • Educational materials of best practices for introducing land slide management and water harvesting, storage, and micro irrigation for market based crops developed
  • Video on best practices produced