Definition of "Integrated Watershed Management"

Watershed schematic
Watershed schematic
Image Credit: Ellen Leipner after Oktiabr Topbaev 2015

Integrated Watershed Management (IWM) organizes and guides the use of natural and human resources on a watershed to provide the goods and services demanded by the society, while ensuring the sustainability of the natural resources.

Integrated Watershed Management

  • involves the interrelationships among natural and human resources and links between upland and down‐stream areas;
  • considers the connection between stream channel responses and the impacts caused by natural or human-related events on the surrounding watershed;
  • involves socioeconomic and human-institutional along with biophysical interrelationships [4].