Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservationists was established in 1972 at Dehradun, as a non-profit making body to encourage wise land use planning and conservation of soil and water resources so that these basic resources can be utilized to sustain mankind. The utilization of both, the renewable and non-renewable resources of the country is primarily the responsibility of scientists and conservation professionals, who understand the natural ecosystem processes and also of policymakers who make laws that influence the use and misuse of the basic resources of soil, water, and vegetation. The Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservationists resorts itself through its members to serve as a forum of scientists, conservation professionals, administrators and policy makers in assessing the need for soil and water conservation and watershed management.
Indian Association of Soil and Water Conservationists has clear aims and objectives:
To promote and disseminate the knowledge, practice, and research in the science and technology of Soil and Water Conservation.
To encourage a free exchange of ideas amongst those contributing to the advancement of Soil and Water Conservation such as Agronomists, Agrostologists, Ecologists, Engineers, Foresters, Geologists, Land Users, and Soil Scientists etc. by organizing symposia, lectures and bringing out literature etc.