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Area studies

Under this category you can learn more about the context in which different initiatives take place. To expand the approach of roads for water it is very important to know how things work in different countries with diverse cultures and natural environment.

Roads, food security and land use conversion in Liberia

This note describes some examples of road water management practices in Liberia and highlights the enormous potential in the country. Access the note here

Recommended Good Practices: Road Development to Support Water Management and Flood Resilience

This document with Recommended Good Practices intends to facilitate the systematic integration of road development with internal polder water management and improved flood resilience in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. The document is the consensus result of the Steering Expert Committee.

Recommended Good Practices Document

MSc Thesis: Improving the design of road hydraulic structures for water harvesting: The case of Freweyni – Hawzien – Abraha – We – Atsbeha road, Tigray, Ethiopia

This study explores effect of design improvements of road hydraulic structures for water harvesting. The study was conducted with a case study in the Freweyni-Hawzien-Abraha-We-Atsibha road network. Road design improvement scenarios were also developed for different channel characteristics depending on the location of the road drainage structures. Culvert site with the highest water harvesting potential was culvert site 8 with 263,650.6 m3 and culvert site 4 has the smallest water harvesting potential with 13,630.46 m3 annually, showing applying new ideology like roads for water and artificial ground water recharge are nowadays food warranty to enhance sustainable development. Read the full thesis here

Guideline on Road Maintenance Groups – Nepal

This document explains the steps to establish Road Maintenance Groups along rural roads in Nepal. Prepared by DOLIDAR. DOLIDAR Road Maintenance Groups

Poster with key findings and methodology “Roads to the Rescue”

This poster presents the main findings and conclusions form the project “Roads to the Rescue” in Bangladesh. Check the poster here

Practical Note: Experiences with Road Runoff Harvesting and Agroforestry in Kitui and Machakos county, Kenya

Road runoff harvesting (RRH) is a practice of which its integration is not yet widespread, especially in Kenya. It is mostly practiced in the ASALs in Kenya. RRH is a technique that results in increased land productivity and environmental sustainability. Read more about examples on RRH in Kitui and Machakos County here

Short course road water harvesting Yemen

This short course was developed in Yemen on road water harvesting. Explaining what techniques can be of great use to facilitate beneficial water management.

In this short course training different methods of retaining and recharging water from roads, making use of on-going investment in roads development and rehabilitation to secure local water resources is explained deeply. It argues to take a multi-functional look at roads: whilst roads deliver transport and communication services, at the same time they can contribute to water security, flood control and erosion mitigation. In this way the high investment in road connectivity in Yemen can even render a much broader impact on livelihoods and economic development.

This short course training is initiated following extensive consultations with several water and agriculture sector organizations, and road authority in Yemen, as well as with international partners of WEC involved in the implementation of the Yemen Niche 027, Flood-Based Farming, Roads for Water and other projects.

RRWH SHORT COURSE – FINAL

Brochure: Road Development to Support Water Management and Flood Resilience

With 40,000 kilometres of embankment roads, polder roads and footpaths and a population of 30 Million in coastal polders of Bangladesh – roads provide a large opportunity to serve water management and flood resilience. “Roads to the Rescue” focuses on strengthening the practicality of using roads for water management within polders and making roads instruments for flood protection. Within the polders, rural transport structures such as roads, bridges, and culverts strongly influence water flow, distribution, and water levels. These structures can contribute to better management of flood inundation, can avoid flood drainage congestion, provide better embankments and provide flood and post flood shelters.

Read the brochure here

Environmental Impact Assessment – Roads to the Rescue

Based on the assessment and classification of road – water issues in Polder 26 and 43 2F, Polder 32 and LGED Khajuria Sub-project, this report outlines several options and opportunities to improve these issues. Overall, the implementation of the proposed measures will lead to environmental benefits in the polder areas by reducing waterlogging, erosion and salinity. At the same time, agriculture productivity will increase and the overall socio-economic situation in the polders will improve. Read the full report here

Comparative water quality analysis for road runoff water, case-study Kenya

A report that compares water quality parameters of water harvest from roads, rock catchment, river, borehole and a shallow well. It concludes that the water quality of road runoff is better off compared to other sources, only issues along road being exceeding values of high iron and turbidity. This can be prevented/treated with appropriate measures. Overall there is huge potential of road runoff also to be used for domestic use. 

Find the report here

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