The Livelihood Resilience project evolved around the hypothesis that better integrated management can improve the livelihoods of poor farming communities and increase the environmental integrity and water productivity of upstream watersheds in dry areas. This hypothesis was tested by researchers from different Iranian research and executive organizations and farming communities in two benchmark research watersheds in upper Karkheh River Basin in Iran, under the guidance of the ICARDA scientists. Participatory technology development, water, soil, erosion, land degradation and vegetation assessments, livelihood, gender and policy analyses, and integrated workshops delivered a set of principles for watershed management in dry areas.
Anthofer, J.; Aw-Hassan, A.; Bruggeman, A.; Effati, M.; Ghaffari, A.; Ghafouri, M.; Kalaei, A.; Martini, M.; Milani, P.; Mirghasemi, S.A.; Moosavi, S.B.; Norouzi Banis, Y.; Pala, M.; de Pauw, E.; Porhemmat, J.; Rafati, M.; Sabaghpour, S.H.; Shahmoradi, S.; Siadat, H.; Turkelboom, F.; Zad, M. PN24 Final Report. Strengthening Livelihood Resilience in Upper Catchments of Dry Areas by Integrated Natural Resources Management. The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, Colombo, Sri Lanka (2010) 75 pp.