Adaptive watershed management in the South American Highlands: Learning and teaching on the fly

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The purpose of this poster is to describe an adaptive watershed management process in Chimbo, Ecuador. We show the conceptual framework and our empirical strategy. We present results showing that ethnic and agro-ecologic diversity in the watershed mean that technical interventions must be tailored to local conditions and the process of moving knowledge to action is highly context specific. Low incomes and high vulnerability of human populations mean that livelihood alternatives must be identified and incorporated into the adaptive plan.



Economic analyses, Watershed management, Rural development, Adaptive watershed management, Ecuador, Chimbo River, Farm/Enterprise Scale Field Scale Watershed


Presented at the ASABE 21st Century Watershed Conference, Concepcion, Chile, 29 March - 3 April 2008