Water in Sustainable Landscapes

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About Water in Sustainable Landscapes


CRS supports U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6, (advocates for application of the principles of integrated water resources management to achieve economic development, social equity, and environmental sustainability), recognizing the vital role that water plays for resilience and human development. We do this by working at the nexus of sustainable agriculture, watershed management, and water supply to support governments, partners, communities and all stakeholders. CRS adopts and applies integrated, improved and gender-responsive land and water resource management for more resilient and equitable agriculture systems and improved water security.

Drip irrigation system and crop diversification supported by RAICES project in Opatoro, Honduras. Before CRS intervention, the only thing García family planted was corn and beans and only in the wet season. Photo by Oscar Leiva/Silverlight for CRS



We advocate for application of the principles of integrated water resources management by promoting and applying water- and climate-smart agriculture practices, deploying soil restoration and agriculture techniques that maximize water efficiency and productivity at both farm and landscape scales, while emphasizing and advocating for investment in rain-fed agriculture systems.

Protection of water sources

We support investments in nature-based solutions (e.g., increasing “green” water) to improve water retention in the soil, to stabilize and restore land, and, to increase water flow quantity and quality that support human development and the environment. CRS promotes source water protection action, so that users consider water cycle implications and establish socio-ecological protection mechanisms. We with local communities to convene stakeholders to collectively assess watershed health, identify critical areas of interventions and resource mobilization to provide truly sustainable solutions that increase production, improve water for human health and mitigate climate change.