Pretty, Jules

New Horizons: the economic, social and environmental impacts of participatory watershed management

This paper summarises the findings of a two-year research project, which provided detailed case studies of the processes and impacts of 22 participatory watershed development projects, and discusses implications for the future of watershed development and policy. It argues that for soil and water conservation to be successful and sustained, project must see farmers as the solution rather than the problem and so put local knowledge and skills at the core of porgrammes.