Murat River Watershed Rehabilitation Project (Murat Phase II) aims to prevent the degradation of natural resources in the uplands of the micro catchments of Euphrates River watershed located in Eastern and South-eastern regions of the country. Its objectives are to improve the living conditions of the villagers living in the region, and increase their income resources using the development potential. The project is foreseen to scale up the Murat River Watershed Rehabilitation Project (MRWRP) in a neighbouring location.
Murat Phase II has three main components:
Component 1: Natural Resources and Environmental Management. It aims to i) support an environmentally conscious community capable of planning and managing the use of Natural Resources, ii) focus on assisting the local institutions’ effort to make planning and management, iii) build ownership and sustainability into its ambitious programme for investments in the upper watersheds and iv) implement micro-catchment (MC) plans prepared with the village communities to assist them to make informed decisions about committing themselves to work with the Government.
Component 2: Investments in Natural Resources and Environmental Assets. It aims to i) reduce erosion, improve vegetative cover and a steady flow of water, ii)make investments through activities as identified in the MCPs for rehabilitation and protection of degraded areas in public land and iii) establish the base for a sustainable economic development and poverty.
Component 3: Investments in Improved Livelihood. It aims to support small-scale crop and livestock production on private land and provide opportunities on a cost-sharing basis to raise the income of MC communities.