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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.

Community Capacity Building in Road Run Off Harvesting in Malawi

Members of the Rainwater Harvesting Association of Malawi organized a hands on training session of farmers and extension workers on various methods of road run off harvesting. The aim was to raise awareness on the various techniques available and also to impart the skills on how to implement the practice in their fields. You can find the training report here

Roadside planting: creating employment and economic benefits while protecting communities and the environment

Roadside planting presents a solid solution to buffer the environmental damage from roads by trapping dust and reducing erosion, flooding and sedimentation.
When coupled with rural development programs, large implementation of roadside planting will create wage employment among the rural poor. By selecting species of commercial importance roadside plantations will create productive assets. Read more here

Road water harvesting in Ethiopia: turning floods and erosion into social and environmental benefits

Water from roads and road catchments can be diverted into farm lands, surface water storage structures (like ponds, check-dams, micro-dams, and other reservoirs) and can also be used to recharge groundwater wells. This can generate substantial positive impact especially when destructive climate events such El Niño and La Niña take place, causing droughts and floods in many parts of Ethiopia. Read more here

Feeder road development: Addressing the inequalities in mobility and accessibility

It is generally expected that road developments will reduce the inequalities associated with spatial isolation. Feeder road infrastructures undoubtedly bring a range of benefits—including non-economic benefits such as access to health care and education—but the benefits might be distinctly distributed among a rural community. This could lead to subtle effects that may worsen rather than reduce social inequities. Read more here

Influence of rural roads on rural mobility and transport

A transport system responsive to needs is recognized as a major prerequisite for the social and economic development of rural areas. The form and content of rural mobility and transport depend on both public and private investment to provide transport modal choice. Public money may help to subsidize rural bus and /or trucking services. Read more here

Improved Water Management in Polder areas of Bangladesh – Blue Gold Program

Technical report on Improved Water Management in the Community Water Management Pilot Polder 30 in Bangladesh. The report is part of the Blue Gold Program and can be found on this link

Making roads work for flood management in Coastal Bangladesh

In the polder areas of Bangladesh, roads can be systematically used for flood management making the road infrastructure more resilient to climate change. You can read the presentation here.

Rain Water Harvesting Potential from Roads in Yemen: its social and economic benefits on national scale

Rain Water Harvesting Potential from Roads in Yemen

Roads for Water in Pastoralist Areas: Experiences in Afar, Ethiopia

Roads for Water in Pastoralist Areas_Afar

Water from Roads in Yemen: A Guidance Note

Water from Roads in Yemen: A Guidance Note (Also available in Arabic)

Authors: Frank van Steenbergen (MetaMeta), Mohamed Al-Abyadh, M. (Road Maintenance Fund, Ministry of Public Works and Highways, Government of Yemen) and Sharaffadin Salah (Water and Environment Centre, Sana’a University) with contributions of Kifle Woldeageray

Year: 2014

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