Modeling and Managing Watersheds


This community of practice brings together watershed and natural resource managers to share experiences from across African national and transnational river basins.  Community members are encouraged to share information about novel approaches for analyzing and managing land-use impacts within watersheds.  This community grew out of a workshop supported by the United States Agency for International Development and hosted by the United States Forest Service and the Wildlife Conservation Society on “Tools for Modeling and Managing Watersheds” from September 13-16, 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda. The workshop presented case studies from Tanzania, Zambia, and Rwanda where the United States Forest Service and the Wildlife Conservation Society conducted analyses using ecosystem services models that assess the interactions between land-use, climate and hydrological systems. The Water Supply Stress Index-Carbon and Biodiversity (WaSSI-CB) model developed by the USDA Forest Service and the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) model developed by the Natural Capital Projest were applied in three different ecological zones. WaSSI-CB and InVEST are tools that are portable, can be run at different scales, and require a minimal amount of input data. The scope of these projects, the science behind the models and the results of these analyses were presented and discussed with an emphasis on the interpretations of model outputs and implications the project outputs might have for policy and watershed management in each of the countries and river basins.  The workshop also included a technical training on different approaches and new tools for modeling the impacts of land-use practices on water quality and quantity, specifically on the use, interpretation and application of the WaSSI-CB and InVest models..


  • Portrait of user
    by Private on Sep 28, 2011
    All I posted several papers in the documents session that describe the SAC parameters used in WaSSI-CB.

Related Items

Page Information

At this page:
5137 Page Views 0 Pages Emailed
0 Meta-card Views 4 Documents and Videos
2 Questions 272 Attachments Downloaded
0 Answers 0 Videos downloaded
0 Relationships and Highlights
Date CreatedWednesday, September 7, 2011 8:57 AM
Date ModifiedWednesday, September 7, 2011 9:28 AM
Version Comment:

Sign In

As a member, you can:
  • Develop your network
  • Contribute content
  • Engage in discussions
Forgot your Password?