FAO-Pakistan SIDA Project, OSRO/PAK/701/SWE: Project to assist ERRA and its Partners in Restoring Livelihoods in the Earthquake Affected Areas of Pakistan
Component 3: Watershed management

On 8 October 2005, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck parts of Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) and Pakistan-Administered Kashmir (PAK) in the north east of Pakistan killing more than 80,000 people. The earthquake resulted in several major landslides and thousands of minor landslips affecting around 10% of hillside arable land, forests, and rangelands, and many natural springs and rural water supply schemes. In response to the earthquake, the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), Government of Pakistan (GOP), with financial support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and technical assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), initiated a Project to Assist ERRA and its partners in restoring livelihoods in the earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan. The ‘Watershed Management Component’ is one of the major components of this project.

Objectives

Stakeholders of selected hillsides degraded by deforestation, over-grazing, soil erosion, and landslips have adopted the integrated watershed management approach for natural resource management, socioeconomic development, and sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction.

FAO has outsourced technical backstopping to achieve the above stated outputs.

Duration

September 2007- December 2010

Geographical coverage

9 watersheds in NWFP and 8 in AJK for watershed management

Core financial partners/development partners/sponsors

FAO (overall SIDA funded project)

Implementing partners

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations / Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority

Contact information

Keshar Man Sthapit
Watershed Specialist
Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services
ksthapit@icimod.org

Isabelle Providoli
Action Area Team leader
Environmental Change and Ecosystem Services
iprovidoli@icimod.org