Integrated Watershed Management is a holistic and integrated approach for sustainable management of a watershed area; a watershed area is understood as an ecological system which can only survive as a unit. Thus, an understanding of all aspects of the watershed is essential in WM: :
Management of vital resources available in the watershed is to be carried out collectively and simultaneously to improve the living conditions of the local population
Integrated Watershed Management is a flexible process that has to be adapted to the unique characteristics of distinctive watersheds and to changing conditions within individual watersheds .
Watershed‐based planning aims to balance environmental goals with socio‐economic and political goals within the watershed considered.
Integrated Watershed Management is a process of rational decision making in successive steps. Systematically the available management options are compared, and a Watershed Management Plan is developed that is mainly a rural development concept  .