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Natural Resources Management

The natural resources management category addresses the responsible management of natural resources, e.g. water and soil.

Water management technologies and practices in this category include different sources of water, e.g. groundwater, rainfall, ponds (lakes, lagoons, etc.), rivers, and marginal water and address the fields of water harvesting, drainage, crop irrigation, water distribution, water treatment, energy use, marginal water use, and monitoring.

Soil productivity management practices and technologies in this category, promote the maintenance and increase of soil fertility on cropland, pasture land, agroforest and forest land. They include both conventional methods (inorganic fertilization, soil tillage/ploughing) and traditional practices. The latter include practices such as crop alternation, crop rotation, organic fertilization (manure, compost, mulching, etc.), green manuring (intercropping, cover crops, etc.), and zero/ minimum tillage. Others address soil pH, soil assessment and erosion control.

For both soil and water, you can also find practices and organizational techniques for social and economic community use of resources.

The natural resources management category covers the Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being as well as responsible consumption and production.

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