Resilient Watershed Management 

FAO has been engaged in watershed management since the 1970s. The Water and Mountains Team is responsible for carrying out watershed management support with the vision to build resilient communities and ensure the sustainable provision of watershed services.

Resilient watershed management differs from traditional systems by including climate change and disaster risk management in the overall integrated watershed management approach. It also incorporates a landscape approach, where planning, design and implementation of measures are carried out based upon the specific areas that may be affected by a particular hazard, including micro-watersheds, multiple watersheds, or risk reduction opportunity areas. The aim of resilient watershed management is to strengthen the resilience of communities who live in these landscapes, and ensure the sustainable provision of ecosystem services provided by their watershed, while reducing existing disaster and climate risks and preventing new ones from emerging.

The Resilient Watershed Management Programme produces technical assistance to countries on resilient watershed management projects and produces knowledge products on:

  • Creating enabling environment and institutions for resilient watershed management
  • Integrating risk management into watershed management
  • Climate and disaster risk management with a landscape approach


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last updated:  Thursday, July 22, 2021