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close this bookA rapid review of the national watershed development project for rainfed areas in India (1997)
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(NWDPRA) in India

Prem N. Sharma and J. M. Stainburn

Kathmandu, Nepal, October, 1995
UNDP/FAO, RAS/93/063

Watershed Management in Tropics and Upper Himalayas (RAS/93/063)
Rainfed Farming Systems Asia (RAS/93/062) Farmer Centred Agricultural Resource Management (FARM) Program

The designations employed and the presentation of the -materials in this' publication do not imply the' expression of any opinion on the part of the FAO. (UN) or UNDP concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitations of its frontiers or boundaries.

The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors alone and do not imply any opinion what so ever in the part of the FAO (UN), UNDP or the Netherlands.

I Edition: Oct., 1995
II Edition: March, 1996
III Edition: April, 1997

(Note: The publication of III edition has been funded by the PWMTA, GCP/RAS/161/NET, program)


Participatory Watershed Management Training in Asia (PWMTA) program (GCP/RAS/161/NET) - Farmer-centred Agricultural Resource Management (FARM) program (RAS/93/062), FAO/UNDP/Netherlands, U.N. Building, P.O. Box 25, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Office address:

Dept. of Soil Conservation, Babarmahal, HMG, Kathmandu, Nepal

For copies write to:

Dr. Prem N. Sharma, FAO (UN), P.O. Box 25, Kathmandu, Nepal
Dr. J. M. Stainburn, RAP/FAO, Bangkok

Credits: All photos by Dr. J. M. Stainburn, RAS/93/062, UNDP/FAO, RAP, Bangkok

Cover photos: Wide angle views of Khutgath watershed, Almora, U.P., India

All other photos: As titled in this document text


The Participatory Watershed Management Training in Asia (PWMTA) Program (GCP/RAS/161/NET, FAO/Netherlands) designed for human resource development in participatory watershed management. It will contribute to sustainable use and management of forest, soil, water and other natural resources by enhancing skills and national capabilities to plan, implement, evaluate and monitor participatory watershed rehabilitation programs. This will be achieved by regional training, workshops, seminars and national and regional watershed management networking. The PWMTA is closely linked and complimentary to the FARM program.

Many of the Asian countries are seriously investing in WM today. However, few are providing training in holistic approach to participatory watershed management. PWMTA is to assist the member countries in filling this gap.


This is a regional network for people's participation in watershed management founded in Nov. 1994 by the national coordinators of the RAS/93/063, WMTUH/FARM program. It is now sponsored by the PWMTA. GCP/RAS/161/NET program of the FAO/Netherlands along with the RAS/93/062. FARM program of the UNDP/FAO into which the RAS/93/063 has merged. Its member countries are the participating countries in the FARM program and the PWMTA program. The network is to facilitate: farmers' organizations for watershed management at small watershed, village, district and national level, exchange of experiences at farmers, extensionists, as well as technical, professional, educator and policy maker level, exchange of information among the member countries, and strengthen a movement of GO/NGO/PO/FOs for sustainable natural resources management of the fragile watersheds in the Asian region. It also publishes a quarterly ASIAN WATMANET newsletter.