Impact of Watershed Development Projects Implemented in Kerala


  • Babu Mathew Centre for Water Resources Development and Management
  • Venu Prasad H D Centre for Water Resources Development and Management, Kozhikode
  • Naveena K Centre for Water Resources Development and Management



In the present study we look into the impact of 12 different watershed projects implemented in Kerala under the Western Ghats Development Programme on the water availability and soil conservation. The impact of the watersheds was assessed by examining the benefits that each watershed offered to the sample respondents, people participation in watershed programmes at different stages, budget utilization and target achieved with the help of a semi-structured interview schedule. The data collected were analysed using cluster analysis and ANOVA. The results of the data differentiate 12 watersheds into two different clusters with 4 watersheds in one cluster and the remaining watersheds in another. The results of the study found that there is a significant difference in people's participation with respect to different stages of project execution in different watersheds and also within each watershed. The study also pinpoints difference in achieving target and budget utilization among different watersheds.

Author Biographies

Babu Mathew, Centre for Water Resources Development and Management

Head & Senior Principal Scientist Training and Outreach Research Group CWRDM

Venu Prasad H D, Centre for Water Resources Development and Management, Kozhikode

Centre for Water Resources Development and Management Centre, Kunnamangalam, Kozhikode-673 571.Kerala

Naveena K, Centre for Water Resources Development and Management

Scientist-B Land and Water Management Division CWRDM


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How to Cite

Babu Mathew, Venu Prasad H D, & Naveena K. (2022). Impact of Watershed Development Projects Implemented in Kerala. Journal of Extension Education, 33(1), 6531–6543.