Integrated Assessment of Scale Impacts of Watershed Intervention

Integrated Assessment of Scale Impacts of Watershed Intervention

Assessing Hydrogeological and Bio-physical Influences on Livelihoods

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  • Authors: V. Ratna Reddy, Geoffrey J. Syme
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128008461
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128000670

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Integrated Assessment of Scale Impacts of Watershed Interventions is the outcome of a multi-disciplinary research team of social scientists, hydrologists (groundwater and surface water), modellers; and bio-physical scientists who have worked together over five years to develop an integrated model of the sustainability of biophysical, economic and social impacts of watersheds. Impacts of watershed interventions are assessed at upstream, mid-stream and downstream locations of two hydrological units that are characterised with differential bio-physical attributes. The editors propose that watershed interventions, when integrated with hydro-geology and bio-physical aspects, have greater influence on the resilience of the socio-ecological system. This book takes these aspects in to consideration and in the process provides insights in to watershed design and implementation.

Key Features

  • Integrates hydrogeology, bio-physical, and socioeconomic aspects of watersheds in a hydrological context
  • Provides a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of watershed interventions
  • Assesses the role of watershed interventions in enhancing household resilience
  • Provides hydrological and socio-economic methodologies for design of sustainble watershed interventions including scale and institutional arrangements for implementing and sustaining watershed interventions


Hydrologists and natural resource managers

Table of Contents

    • List of Contributors
    • Foreword
    • Acknowledgments
    • Part I. Setting
      • Chapter 1. Introduction
        • 1.1. Background
        • 1.2. Rainfed Agriculture and WSD in India
        • 1.3. Watershed Policies in India
        • 1.4. WSD and Importance of Scale
        • 1.5. Need for an Integrated Approach
        • 1.6. About this Book
      • Chapter 2. Analytical Framework, Study Design, and Methodology
        • 2.1. Introduction
        • 2.2. Strategic Conceptual and Methodological Issues
        • 2.3. Assessing Scale Impacts of WSD: An Analytical Framework
        • 2.4. Biophysical Modeling
        • 2.5. Assessing Socioeconomic Impacts
        • 2.6. Model of Integration: The BNs
        • 2.7. Equity and Justice Issues
        • 2.8. Stakeholder Engagement
        • 2.9. Approach and Sampling Design
        • 2.10. Profile of Sample Sites
    • Part II. Hydro-geological and Bio-physical Aspects of the Watersheds
      • Chapter 3. Investigating Geophysical and Hydrogeological Variabilities and Their Impact on Water Resources in the Context of Meso-Watersheds
        • 3.1. Introduction
        • 3.2. Study Areas
        • 3.3. Materials and Methods
        • 3.4. Results and Findings
        • 3.5. Discussion
        • 3.6. Zones Suitable for Different Types of Artificial Recharge Interventions
        • 3.7. Conclusion
      • Chapter 4. Application of a Simple Integrated Surface Water and Groundwater Model to Assess Mesoscale Watershed Development
        • 4.1. Introduction
        • 4.2. Model Development
        • 4.3. Site Description and Model Parameterization
        • 4.4. Results
        • 4.5. Discussion
        • 4.6. Conclusions
      • Chapter 5. Modeling the Impact of Watershed Development on Water Resources in India
        • 5.1. Introduction
        • 5.2. Effective and Sustainable WSD: Hydrological Considerations
        • 5.3. Study Sites in West Bengal
        • 5.4. Data Collection
        • 5.5. Modeling Hydrological Response
        • 5.6. Application to Andhra Pradesh
        • 5.7. Modification of the Original Model
        • 5.8. Calibration and Validation Model on the Lakshmipuram Catchment
        • 5.9. Applying the Model on an Ungauged Study Site in Andhra Pradesh
        • 5.10. Discussion
        • 5.11. Conclusion
      • Chapter 6. Sustainable Watershed Development Design Methodology
        • 6.1. Introduction
        • 6.2. Methodology and Approach
        • 6.3. Characterization of Biophysical Resources of the Study Sites
        • 6.4. Description of HUNs
        • 6.5. Land and Water Management Interventions through Watershed Programs
        • 6.6. Assessment of Watershed Interventions on Hydrology of Watersheds
        • 6.7. Conclusions
    • Part III. Socio-economic and Livelihood Impacts of Watersheds
      • Chapter 7. Assessing Livelihood Impacts of Watersheds at Scale: An Integrated Approach
        • 7.1. Introduction
        • 7.2. Approach and Methods
        • 7.3. Sample Selection and Profile of the Study Sites
        • 7.4. Impact of WSD—The SRL Approach
        • 7.5. Impact of WSD on Resilience
        • 7.6. Factors Influencing Resilience
        • 7.7. Conclusions
      • Chapter 8. Evaluating the Determinants of Perceived Drought Resilience: An Empirical Analysis of Farmers’ Survival Capabilities in Drought-Prone Regions of South India
        • 8.1. Introduction
        • 8.2. Methodology and Findings
        • 8.3. Testing for the Impact of Watershed Interventions on Drought Resilience
        • 8.4. Conclusion
      • Chapter 9. Modeling Livelihood Indicators and Household Resilience using Bayesian Networks
        • 9.1. Introduction
        • 9.2. BNS
        • 9.3. Capital Strength and Resilience BNS
        • 9.4. Analyzing Social Capital using the BN Submodel
        • 9.5. Synthesis
      • Chapter 10. Justice and Equity in Watershed Development in Andhra Pradesh
        • 10.1. Introduction
        • 10.2. A Comparative Evaluation of the Concept of Justice in Water Resources Management in Australia and India: The Role of Participatory and Property Rights Approaches
        • 10.3. Collective Action and Property Rights for Poverty Alleviation: A Conceptual Framework Based on the Experience of WSD in Semi-Arid India
        • 10.4. Community Views on Collective Action and the Equity of the WSD Process
        • 10.5. Conclusion
    • Part IV. Integrating Science into Policy and Practice
      • Chapter 11. High Stakes—Engagement with a Purpose
        • 11.1. Introduction
        • 11.2. Actual Process Adopted in the Project
        • 11.3. Outcomes of the Process Adopted and Lessons Learned
        • 11.4. Model for Effective Stakeholder Engagement—Need for and Issues Involved in Closer Engagement with Stakeholders
      • Chapter 12. Exploring Implications of Climate, Land Use, and Policy Intervention Scenarios on Water Resources, Livelihoods, and Resilience
        • 12.1. Introduction
        • 12.2. Analysis Tools
        • 12.3. Biophysical Scenarios
        • 12.4. Social Scenario
        • 12.5. Synthesis
      • Chapter 13. Summary and Conclusion
        • 13.1. Background
        • 13.2. Hydrogeology and Biophysical Aspects
        • 13.3. Socioeconomic Implications
        • 13.4. The Approach to Integration
        • 13.5. Putting Science to Practice
        • 13.6. The Way Forward
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 454
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2014
  • Published: October 6, 2014
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128008461
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128000670

About the Authors

V. Ratna Reddy

Dr. V. Ratna Reddy is the Director, Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management Institute, Hyderabad, India. He is an Economist specializing in Environmental economics and Natural Resource Management. He is a Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, Germany. He was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK and at the School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK. His current research interests include natural resources and environmental economics, livelihoods analysis and agricultural policy. He has more than hundred publications in International and Indian Journals. He has published Six books, including User Valuation of Renewable Natural Resources: The User Perspective (Nova Science publishers Inc, New York) and Managing Water Resources from Oxford University Press, New Delhi.

Affiliations and Expertise

Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management Institute, Hyderabad, India

Geoffrey J. Syme

Dr. Geoff Syme is Professor of Planning in the Centre for Planning at Edith Cowan University in Australia. Dr. Syme has 35 years of experience in social and interdisciplinary research on the effects of water management on societal outcomes. He has led large scale national and international research programs (>AUS 1.5 Mill) and has served as Research Director for CSIRO's Land and Water. He received a CSIRO medal for Research Excellence, and the Australian Water Association's Peter Hughes Water Award. He has published over 100 journal articles in a variety of disciplinary and multidisciplinary journals and is currently an Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hydrology (Elsevier). He regularly provides advice to National and International government and industry bodies. He provided substantial input to the National Water Commission's guide to incorporating ecological services into water planning. He is currently Project Leader on an ACIAR funded livelihoods based assessment of the effect of scale of Watershed Development in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre for Planning, Edith Cowan University, Australia

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