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Watershed Management in the Himalayas

Krishna Prasad Poudel (Author)
Synopsis In this book watersheds are considered a biophysical entity and regulate most of the human actions and physical components within the boundary through the stream network systems. Management issues of those watersheds are closely interlinked with the availability of the resources and their utilization, which primarily raise two fundamental concerns, such as status of the surrounding environment and livelihood of people residing in. A clear linkage has been established within the watershed environmental components including physical, biophysical (living and non-living), human action, behaviour and aspirations within the integrated approach. The integration here means taking into account the watershed’s geomorphic elements, processes and resources as a biophysical components and human action, behaviour, aspiration, intensity on resource utilization as a human component. The study thoroughly analyzes the management issues of the Himalayan watersheds based on the micro level evidences about population, resource and limiting factors confined in the Annapurna Region of Central Nepal, Himalayas. The study carries the identification of major geomorphic processes directly influencing on watershed resource base, the land use, land cover and landform of watershed and is tracing out the temporal change of watershed resources, the existing geo-demographic and socio-economic pressure on watersheds, and examining the role and activities of local communities, local organizations and external/internal institutions on watershed environmental management. Finally, suggestions have been made for the alternative planning strategy for watershed management.
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About the author

Krishna Prasad Poudel

Author is a senior lecturer in Geography at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He has Master’s Degree in Geography from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu in 1983/84, M.Sc. in Natural Resource Management with specialization in Environmental Remote Sensing and Geo-Development (ERGD) from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok in 1994, Ph.D. in “Resource Utilization and Management Strategy in the Selected Watersheds of Annapurna Region, Central Nepal” from the Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. He has published number of articles in different national and international journals. His works focus the environmental issues of mountain watersheds.

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Bibliographic information

Title Watershed Management in the Himalayas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st Ed.
Publisher Adroit Publishers
Language: English
isbn 8187392339
length xi+361p., Tables; Maps; Graphs; Bibliography; 23cm.