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Monday, 09 November 2009
ECU’s Professor Geoff Syme has been awarded $1.5 million by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to investigate large-scale watershed development in Andhra Pradesh, India and develop improved catchment development policies and programs.
The first stage of the project is an assessment of the environmental, economic and social impacts of current catchment development at a meso-scale in Andhra Pradesh.
The second stage assesses the cost-effectiveness and water-related resilience and equity outcomes of future catchment developments.
The final stage involves developing and informing watershed policy at local and state levels.
The project outcomes are expected to enhance the sustainability of local communities in dryland agriculture areas in India and the findings will also be adapted for Australian catchments.
Professor Syme’s study will be carried out over five years and will be completed in 2013.