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Developing Incentive Based Mechanisms for Watershed Services and Improved Livelihoods in India.

WII, IIED and partners are undertaking this action-learning project, to explore the scope for devising Incentive-based Mechanisms (IBMs) that link upstream and downstream stakeholders around the issue of catchment protection that enhances watershed services, as well as improve livelihoods. The project includes three action research sites in, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh and Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, Semenax, as well as policy research and dissemination via reports and meetings.

Our questions include:

  1. How can incentives-based mechanisms help maintain and enhance environmental services and improve livelihoods?
  2. What is the scope for downstream watershed service receivers like villages, cities, dams, etc supporting upstream communities to manage land use and improve water quality and quantity?
  3. What is the potential for incentive based mechanisms such as Payments for Environmental Services in India?
A summary of the project is provided in the background section. An overview of site level activities may be viewed in the projects page. The project is supported by DFID UK.


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