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Roads for Water in Zambia

This video shows some documented road water harvesting practices in Zambia. These practices could be scaled-up all over the country and beyond to help local communities to deal with droughts and floods.

The Promise of Roads for Polder Water Management and Flood Protection in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s polder areas support the lives and livelihoods of more than 8 million people. The key issue within the polders is drainage, exacerbated over the years by the rise in level of coastal rivers due to siltation and sea-level rise due to climate change.

Roads– both embankment roads running atop the embankments around the polders, and intra-polder roads criss-crossing the polders– can greatly hinder or facilitate the movement of water within the polders and drainage of excess water from the polder to the river/sea outside. With design tweaks and cross-drainge structures, it can be ensured that roads facilitate drainage and that water-damage to polder roads is minimized. Water-sensitive road design is not just a damage/disaster-mitigation measure. Studies done in two of the polders show that with proper drainage provisions, agriculture output and income in a polder can increase to the tune of 1 million Euros.

Roads for Water: Experiences from Malawi

Field visit to a site in the Lilongwe district of Malawi, where road water diversion and harvesting structures have been created by a group of farmers. Thanks to the water harvesting, there is less soil erosion and gullies, as well as better crops and emergence of springs as a result of groundwater recharge.

Floodways in floodplains: Preserving wetland functions’ and use


While preserving the functions of wetlands, floodways reduce the impacts of roads on floodplains allowing the water to pass trough the road in a controlled manner. By using this approach, damage produced by soil and water erosion to the road is also reduced with complementary measures such as rock cladding on the sides of the road and tree planting along the road.

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



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