The Integrated Participatory Watershed Rehabilitation Approach-Best Practices from Turkey

Erdogan Ozevren

Abstract


Combating of desertification is an extremely important but difficult task in affected developing countries, where the work usually involves hundreds and thousands of small farmers, herd owners and government manpower and resources are limited. Many of the degraded land rehabilitation projects or programs have been hampered or have failed because of the wrong or/and lack approach.

This approach has similar strategies with UNCCD Ten Year Strategies which are to create global benefits, to improve affected ecosystem, to improve the livelihood of affected populations and to mobilize resources. The strategies of this approach are i)degraded land rehabilitation, ii)livelihood improvement, iii) human resources improvement, iv) participation at the all level and sustainability and v) integrated of the all strategies.

The outcomes of the approach of the integrated participatory watershed rehabilitation, seeking to develop a powerful tool for use by local communities/administrations and relevant bodies for a bottom to top approach, as quantified entity, means to direct, rehabilitated degraded land as range, forest and agriculture, the day and future land and water use decisions to be taken at each levels as planning, implementation and monitoring etc. by the all related stake holders.


Keywords


land degradation, watershed rehabilitation, participation, integrated.

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