Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Tool Details

Management of upland watersheds: participation of the mountain communities

Author Bochet, J.J.
Year of publication 1983
With the adoption of a new strategy in which MAN plays a major role in the planned use of forest areas, forest planners and managers have felt the need for guidelines to enable them to increase their chances of success when tackling the problems of coordinated rural development in the upland watershed management. To achieve this development not only is the effective material and physical participation of the people directly concerned required, but their total commitment. This guide does not claim to provide "formulae" which are applicable in all circumstances. Indeed, the aspects of the problem are numerous and the infinite number of possible combinations create conditions that differ greatly from one watershed to another. A number of papers, reports, studies and other documents on forests and soil and water conservation deal with various points set out in the table of contents of this guide. The special feature of the guide, however, is to condense information concerning the role of the mountain communities in the design and implementation of watershed development programmes; in short, it deals with their moral commitment to those programmes as well as their material and physical participation.
Type of Tool
Guidelines, manual, kits for trainers
Scale of Application
Forest Management Unit
Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function
Protection of soil and water
Management Responsibility