Simulated water resource impacts and livelihood implications of stakeholder-developed scenarios in the Jaldhaka Basin, India

Annemarieke de Bruin*, Devaraj de Condappa, Monique Mikhail, Sat Kumar Tomer, Muddu Sekhar, Jennie Barron

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Abstract

This paper shows how multidisciplinary research can help policy makers develop policies for sustainable agricultural water management interventions by supporting a dialogue between government departments that are in charge of different aspects of agricultural development. In the Jaldhaka Basin in West Bengal, India, a stakeholder dialogue helped identify potential water resource impacts and livelihood implications of an agricultural water management rural electrification scenario. Hydrologic modelling demonstrated that the expansion of irrigation is possible with only a localized effect on groundwater levels, but cascading effects such as declining soil fertility and negative impacts from agrochemicals will need to be addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-508
Number of pages17
JournalWater International
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • agricultural water management
  • Brahmaputra
  • groundwater
  • scenario
  • smallholder livelihoods
  • SWAT

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