IRRIGATION AND ENVIRONMENT
Environmental impact assessment of irrigation and drainage projects. FAO 53
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This output presents a full description of the issues associated with EIA for irrigation and drainage projects. It describes management of the EIA process and reviews the physical and social domains where irrigation and drainage projects may have impact.
Dougherty, TC and Hall, AW, 1995. Environmental impact assessment of irrigation and drainage projects. FAO Irrigation and drainage paper no 53. FAO, Rome. ISBN 92-5-103731-0. 53. 74pp.
ICID environmental checklist
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The checklist can support irrigation and drainage engineers and planners to become more involved in assessing the environmental impact of irrigation, drainage and flood control projects and mitigating adverse impacts. ENCHECK is a software package that supports the checklist: See Software.
Mock, JF and Bolton, P, 1993. The ICID environmental checklist: To identify environmental effects of irrigation, drainage and flood control projects. HR Wallingford, UK. ISBN 1-898485-01-1. 24pp.
Soil erosion slidepack
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Irrigation and the environment slidepack
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Soil erosion management video
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A simple methodology for water quality monitoring
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A simple, appropriate and relatively inexpensive means by which water resources departments can collect their own data about locally important parameters and draw their own conclusions. The method uses a field-kit approach and thus reduces the dependence on central laboratories for information.
Pearce, GR; Ramzan Chaudhry, M and Ghulam, S, 1998. A simple methodology for water quality monitoring. HR Wallingford, UK. Report no. OD 142. 41pp.
Planning soil conservation projects through participation
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The output describes methods that follow a "bottom-up", participatory approach in the planning of soil conservation projects. It is aimed at Government officials and others who are responsible for catchment management planning, and research and extension specialists. Activities relevant to the entire project cycle, from problem identification to post project evaluation, are described, with emphasis on the critical stages
leading to project formulation.

Douglas, M and Lawrence, P, 1997. Planning soil conservation projects through participation: A Guide. HR Wallingford, UK. Report no. OD 139. 58pp
The safe use of marginal quality water in agriculture
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A guide to help planners successfully integrate marginal quality water supplies into regional water use strategy. It includes procedures to identify and assess potential marginal quality water supplies and tools to evaluate impacts on crops, soils and human health. Different management options are presented to maintain long-term sustainable agriculture, together with the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Abbott, CL and Hasnip, NJ, 1997. The safe use of marginal quality water in agriculture - A guide for the water resource planner. HR Wallingford, UK. Report no. OD140. 59pp.
Agrochemical pollution risks associated with irrigation in Developing Countries: A guide
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The guide explains the main characteristics of agrochemicals - nutrients and biocides - and outlines the typical problems that arise. The processes by which agrochemical pollution is generated and the effects it has on health and the environment are described. Guidelines are given on permissible concentrations of agrochemicals and how to monitor them. Techniques to better manage agrochemical pollution are given. The output is aimed at technical staff within Government departments and donor agencies.
Pearce, GR, 1998. Agrochemical pollution risks associated with irrigation in Developing Countries: A Guide. HR Wallingford, UK. Report no. OD 141. 42pp.