The management of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals, with a particular focus on how management affects the quality of life for both present and future generations.It deals with managing the way in which people and natural landscapes interact.
It brings together natural heritage management, land use planning, water management, bio-diversity conservation, and the future sustainability of industries like agriculture, mining, tourism, fisheries and forestry.
It recognizes that people and their livelihoods rely on the health and productivity of our landscapes, and their actions as stewards of the land play a critical role in maintaining this health and productivity.
Natural resource management specifically focuses on a scientific and technical understanding of resources and ecology and the life-supporting capacity of those resources.
For WDC-PMKSY 2.0, DoLR, GoI allocate 47% of the total fund for Natural Resource Management Activities.
Horticulture Plantation Activity
Horticulture and Plantation sector is widely heralded as sunrise sector that provides the dynamic tool for improving economic conditions of the farmers and entrepreneurs, creating diversification opportunities with high value crops, increasing the productivity of land, providing nutritional security, generating employment, ensuring ecological sustainability and enhancing the export earnings
Horticulture crops are integral part of rainfed agriculture system which include wide range of water use efficient crops of fruits, vegetables, ornamental, medicinal and aromatic, tuber, spices and plantation crops, etc. growing in diversified agro climatic situations.
Rainfed agriculture can generate higher income and better resilience when integrated with trees (amenable to agro-forestry), horticulture, livestock, fisheries etc. The Integrated farming system(IFS) approach in a project area can benefit from several ongoing government schemes.
Convergence with horticulture crops in new generation watershed development projects (WDC-PMKSY 2.0) will be a thrust area because the prime objective is doubling farmers income in the rural areas.
Some important horticulture crops cultivated in watershed project areas:-