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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.

Reaping the fruits from road water harvesting

Want to know how road water harvesting can boost your farming business? Read the story from Mr. and Mrs. Mwania who live in the semi-arid part of Makueni and are reaping many fruits from road water harvesting. 

Reaping fruits of road water harvesting – Mwania’s story

Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management in the Design and Construction of Roads

Road construction often changes surface runoff patterns which, if unmanaged, can lead to water-related problems. The most common design approach in road development is to allow water to flow through hydraulic structures (roadside ditches, culverts, bridges) to ensure the safety of the structures. In many countries, water shortages are a common challenge. Research carried out in Ethiopia and other countries shows that water harvesting from roads has multiple benefits: it enhances soil moisture and groundwater recharge; it increases the availability of surface water for multiple uses; it reduces flooding and erosion at downstream areas; and it increases the resilience of local communities to droughts and rainfall variability. MetaMeta was given the assignment to assess and introduce the systematic use of roads for water management in Zambia. Read the full report here.

Overcoming dry spells with flood based farming systems in Malawi

The Rainwater Harvesting Association of Malawi (RHAM) in collaboration with the Land Resource Conservation Department under the Ministry Of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development (MOAIWD) organised a field day on 29th of January 2018 in Mitundu Extension Planning Area (EPA), Lilongwe, Central Malawi. The field day was aimed at letting farmers appreciate the crop stand under different in-situ water harvesting technologies promoted by the association under the programme entitled “Asia to Africa; Testing the Adaptability of Flood Based Resource Management” in collaboration with Flood Based Livelihood Network (FBLN) and MetaMeta in Netherlands. The outcomes of the field visit can be found on this report: Overcoming dry spells with Flood Based Farming Systems

Launching Road-Run Off Water Harvesting Campaign for 2017/18 Season in Malawi

While the onset of rains marks the beginning of the cropping season in Malawi, it also brings a lot of challenges like flooding, soil erosion and damage to infrastructure including roads. Road run off if not properly managed is a hassle for many farmers whose fields lie along or nearby water ways, roads or footpaths. To avert these, farmers of Mitundu and Chiwamba Extension Planning Areas (EPAs) and Rainwater Harvesting Association of Malawi (RHAM) through the flood Based Livelihood Network Malawi Chapter (FBLN – Mw) on 1st December, 2017 launched roads for water activities for the 2017/2018 growing season. In total 86 farmers are participating in the programme this year up from 17 farmers who were trained last year. Check out the report here

How to make roads work for resilience in Nepal?

Nepal is a challenging country for road design and construction: the low-lying plains that are prone to flooding and inundation, hilly areas with a lot of irrigation potential, and the mountains with very steep slopes.

We presented and discussed the challenges and opportunities at the Department of Roads. There is a lot of potential to turn roads into an asset for water management. The engineers indicated that the policy-aspect is very important, it needs to be included in decision-making. 

Find the presentation here

Manejo del agua de carreteras para la adaptacion al cambio climatico

Presentaciones del taller sobre  el Manejo del agua en Carreteras para la Adaptación al Cambio Climático

Introduccion Caminos para el agua en Bolivia

Carreteras y comunidades resilientes: opciones para Bolivia PowerPoint y pdf

Presentacion de tecnologias

Presentacion Administradora Boliviana de Carreteras

Key findings of the Roads for Polder Water Management in Bangladesh

This past November, two validation workshops took place in Bangladesh to present, discuss and validate the key findings of Roads to the Rescue project. The first workshop, 9th of November in Khulna, local representatives (BWDB, UP, WMA, farmers and teachers) highlighted as main issues in Polder 32 (Dacope Upazila): more gated culverts are needed and include the flood shelter function in the embankment design. Second workshop, 15th of November in Khajuriya (Barisal District), local representatives (LGED, UP and WMA) discussed as main issues of a small LGED polder: the poor state of embankments and roads, insufficient budget and human capacity, insufficient culverts and sluices. Therefore, common solutions for both polders are: increase number and capacity of water crossing structures, improve the design of (road) embankments, build new embankments and canal dredging.

These are the two main presentations:

Presentation Polder 32 Khulna

Presentation Khajuriya LGED Polder

Brochure: Road Water Management for Resilience in Tajikistan

Access the brochure here

Resilient roads and resilient road water environments in Tajikistan – Workshop presentations

The Republic of Tajikistan is the mos vulnerable country to climate change. A combination of floods, landslides, mudslides and droughts are threatening the country’s infrastructure and food security. Despite having plenty of surface water resources, some parts of the country experience water scarcity during the dry season. The “Roads for Water” team assessed the challenges and opportunities to combine road and water management in Tajikistan and have more resilient roads and road water environments. These are the workshop presentations, both in English and Russian:

1.Making Roads Work for Water Management_English

1.Making Roads Work for Water Management_Russian

2. The Need to Combine Road and Water Management in Tajikistan_English

2. The Need to Combine Road and Water Management in Tajikistan_Russian

3. Resilient roads resilient road water environments_English

3. Resilient roads resilient road water environments_Russian

4. Bio-engineering in Tajikistan_Tajik 



Uncovering the Opportunities for Improving Road Water Management for Resilience in Mahottari Distict, Nepal

This report assesses the scope for making use of roads for climate resilience and improved water management in Nepal. The study is part of the Roads for Water Initiative. The report presents an overview of problems currently caused by a mismatch between road construction and water management and gives recommendations on how to use roads to increase climate resilience. Read the report here.

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