The Management of Soil Erosion Consortium or MSEC is one of the four consortia established through the soil, water, and nutrient management (SWNM) program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It uses an integrated, interdisciplinary, participatory, and community-based approach to research that involves the land users and other stakeholders on a catchment scale. It focuses on the on-and off-site impacts of soil erosion, emphasizes community involvement, and provides scientific data for a rational decision making.
MSEC draws on the comparative

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advantages offered by the NARES, IARCs, and ARIs which conduct research at different levels,ranging from the individual plot and farm to the catchment, regional, and national scaless,to develop principles of global relevance.It is coordinated by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) through its regional office in Bangkok, Thailand and by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) in the Philippines.The consortium's activities have been evolving from a more focused study on soil erosion management to integrated land and water management. Eventually, it is expected to provide valuable inputs into a more comprehensive and holistic approach to natural resource management.

Consortium Partners

There are now six partner countries directly involved in the implementation of the project. Other NARES are involved indirectly through their participation in other related projects. The Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in France is a major collaborator particularly in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The partners of the consortium are:

Donor Support

The coordination of the consortium is primarily supported by the contributions from the governments of Japan, France, Norway, Australia, Thailand and the Philippines through the CGIAR. Implementation of activities in the countries is funded through the ADB-supported project "Catchment Approach to Managing Soil Erosion in Asia" (ADB-RETA 5803).


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About MSEC
Research Program
Research Staff
Steering Committee

Benchmark Catchments
Indonesia (Babon)
Laos (Houay Pano)
Nepal (Masrang Khola)
Philippines (Mapawa)
Thailand (Huai Ma Nai)
Vietnam (Dong Cao)

Research Outputs
Guidelines and Tools
Land Management Systems

Publications & Capacity Building
Annual Reports
Awareness Materials
Journal Articles
Proceeding, Books,CDROM
Concept notes
IWMI Document

Scientific Conferences



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