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slider 3 Dust from feeder roads – kopie
slider 4 percolation pits along the road
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Slider 7 road side water harvesting storage pond


Ethiopia: Roads, dust and trees

Unpaved, low-volume rural roads (also known as Feeder Roads) are valued highly by rural communities in Ethiopia. However, an invariable side-effect of such roads is dust, which has dire consequences for public health and agricultural productivity. To address the issue, authorities in Amhara province have embarked on a community-led roadside tree planting campaign.

Connecting road, water and livelihoods in Uganda

In this presentation, Mr. Hilary Galiwango explains the problems and opportunities to implement road water harvesting in Uganda after conducting reconnaissance research.

Kenya: catching road runoff

Janet Muathe, a farmer in Machakos county, Kenya, is preparing for the rainy season by digging a pond and deepening another one. She uses the ponds to capture and store water running off roads when it rains.

Quantifying the road influence on socio-economic outcomes


In this presentation, Dr. Fredu Nega  (The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute) presents the findings of his research to quantify the influence of feeder road development on road side communities in Tigray region, Ethiopia. Dr. Fredu explains the effect of roads on different socio-economic aspects including mobility, fertilizer application, motorized transport and commercial activities.

Roads as dams: Burkina Faso


In Burkina Faso, it is standard practice to consider optimizing designing roads in such a way that they can be used as small dams. Benefits of this approach are substantial, especially among the small farmers dwelling in the roadside communities.

Roads for Water: The Pitch


Roads, especially highways, are massive structures. They are part of the landscape and affect the hydrology of entire areas. With appropriate design and planning by various stakeholders, they can be used to harvest surface runoff for groundwater recharge and increasing soil moisture for the benefit of agriculture. So while transporting people from A to B, they can also be used as instruments to improve food security and achieve resilience to climate variability.

More info: Roads for Water
Produced by: Roads for Water Learning Alliance
Year: 2015
Language: English
Region: Global


Amhara Climate Resilience Campaign

In Amhara Region, Ethiopia, 1.5 million people were mobilized in the dry eastern woredas in June/July 2015 to work on the Climate Resilience campaign. Road water harvesting is part of this campaign, which aims at mitigating the detrimental effects of El Nino through water harvesting and watershed rehabilitation.

Manifold activities undertaken – here a pond upstream of the road to divert water that would otherwise damage the road and to and collect water for productive use.

More info: Roads for Water
Produced by: Roads for Water
Year: 2015
Language: English
Region: East Africa

Water from Roads

How can dusty roads provide water? The answer is: harvest and store the rainwater when it finally comes. A rainfall of 30 millimeters falling on 1 kilometer of road produces about 100,000 litres of water.
Rainwater running off roads can be used for profitable ventures instead of letting it cause damage (runoff, gullies). This video gives some examples of harvesting rainwater from roads

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Produced by: ASAL consultants, Erik Nissen-Petersen
Year: 2010
Language: English

Road Runoff Harvesting

Full title: Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa_ No 4. Road Runoff harvesting

These mini-films show a series of Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices that have been proven in Sub-Saharan Africa. As well as helping to control land degradation and improve production, the practices constitute important components within the climate change adaptation strategies of small-scale farmers.

In this fourth film, Critchley explains road runoff harvesting, which is carried out in many parts of the world – wherever there is a combination of dry conditions and farmland alongside a road. It shows how roads provide a hard surface with a high runoff coefficient and drainage is integral to a road design. With this system, water may be spread immediately (eg for cereals), or ponded and then used for supplementary irrigation (for horticultural crops –both vegetables and fruit trees)

More info: Information Cards: Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa
Directed and scripted by: William Critchley (VU University)
Produced by: Josephine Rogers (Countrywise Communication)
Year: 2012
Language: English

Multifunctional Infrastructure in Yemen

Heavy rains caused flood on a street in the city centre of Sana´a, Yemen. The flood closed several roads and trapped some cars in the flood water in the capital city. However, the road is paved and placed in cut stone, so the regular floods that come in the raining season are routed through the paved road to end up in a recharge zone outside the city centre. Therefore this road has transformed this part of the Yemen capital. Whereas in the past it was swampy and waterlogged, it is now free of that. Property values have shot up considerably.

More info: Yemen water
Produced by: TheWaterChannel
Year: 2013
Language: English
Region: Yemen

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