Fair deals for watershed services in India


C. Agarwal; S. Tiwari; M. Borgoyary; A. Acharya; E. Morrison

Type of Document:
Research Report


International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Date of Publication:

Place of Publication:
London, UK


This report shares field experience and lessons in developing incentive-based mechanisms for watershed protection services and improved livelihoods at micro- and macro-scales at three locations in Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The process, progress and problems in the three sites, and the initial findings, are presented. Key lessons are discussed and specific recommendations made.

(Description from publisher’s website)

Contents: Executive Summary 1 Introduction 1.1 What this report is about 1.2 The study team’s vision 1.3 Methodology 1.4 National context 1.5 An Introduction to incentives and incentive-based mechanisms in India 1.6 National status of payments for watershed services 2 Outline of the project 2.1 Development of the project 2.2 The overall project methodology 2.3 Brief description of the project sites 2.4 Summary of sites 3 Process, progress and problems 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Review of process in the Kuhan catchment 3.3 Process, progress and problems in Suan catchment 3.4 Process, progress and problems in the Bhoj Wetlands, Bhopal 3.5 Palampur: the start of a new process? 4 Findings 4.1 Incentives and incentive-based mechanisms 4.2 Environmental impacts 4.3 Impact on poverty and livelihoods 4.4 Governance context, impacts and transaction costs 4.5 Role of government 5 Conclusion: lessons learnt and policy recommendations 5.1 Introduction 5.2 An assessment of the action-learning approach 5.3 Lessons learnt 5.4 Recommendations for policy actions References Annexes

Additional Bibliographic Information

Natural Resource Issues No. 10

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