Formed in response to a 1998 Lashihai dam project that flooded large areas of farmland and left the Yi indigenous people displaced, Green Watershed has become a model of indigenous self-organization and participatory watershed management. The group responded to displacement by founding four autonomous organizations for sustainable resource management, each of which have achieved remarkable results: two watershed management groups, which have brought mudslides under control, used agroforestry to increase incomes ten-fold over ten years, and protected over 1,300 hectares of mountain forest; a fishing association, which has banned illegal nets and recovered the local fishing industry; and a water users association, which has successfully managed water access and negotiated fair upstream and downstream water use. Agroforestry, ecological cropping, animal husbandry, sustainable fisheries, and the sound management of water resources have all improved local incomes and food security and strengthened resilience in the face of droughts.
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