About Watershed Management
WHAT WE DO
U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6, or SDG6, advocates for application of the principles of integrated water resources management (IWRM) to achieve economic development, social equity, and environmental sustainability by managing water, land and related resources together.
CRS supports SDG6, recognizing the vital role that water plays for resilience and human development. We work at the nexus of 1) sustainable agriculture, 2) watershed management, and 3) 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.
HOW WE DO IT
We promote and apply 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.
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 ultimately, to increase the flow of water through systems that support human development. We convene stakeholders to collectively assess watershed health, identify critical areas of intervention and generate funds to provide truly sustainable solutions that increase production, improve water for human health and mitigate climate change.
Research & Publications
Watershed Development in Malawi
A Study from the Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) Program
This study documents the approach and community perceptions of the CRS-led and USAID-funded Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program’s watershed work in Southern Malawi. The report looks at three main themes: behavior change, technological diffusion, and impact. More
Assessment of the "Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement" project in southern Malawi
How watershed development is affecting food security in rural Malawi
Learn about the impact of watershed development on rural household food security and resiliency in southern Malawi. More
Pocket Guide 3: Managing Water Resources
This pocket guide is written for field agents working in agricultural extension. The concepts, information and practices in these guides are meant to support their work with farm families in helping them to reduce their risks from changes in the weather. More
Agriculture and Environment Interventions in Support of HIV and AIDS Programming
Little practical advice exists on how agriculture and environment interventions can strengthen HIV and AIDS prevention and mitigation programs. This paper provides some ideas and options for integrating those programming sectors. More