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What does WM comprise?

Components of Watershed Management

Major components of Watershed Management needing the special attention of watershed managers are (see animation):

Management of these resources proceeds on the level of watersheds, as we have learned already.

Additionally, Watershed Management comprises the following components:

  • Land management (land use planning, for example);
  • Pasture management (area closure, for example);
  • Crop yield management (e.g., storage management, marketing);
  • Livestock management (e.g., marketing, dairy production);
  • Rural energy management (e.g., decentralised use of renewable energy resources);
  • Vegetation/biomass management (reforestation, agroforestry, etc.);
  • Farm and off-farm activities adding value (e.g., creation of infrastructure) [7].

Components of Watershed Management; adapted from Förch and Schütt 2004 a.


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