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slider 3 Dust from feeder roads – kopie
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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

Water Harvesting on Roads

How to turn a liability of water run off from a road into a hydration opportunity.

More info: Roads for Water, Water for Roads
Produced by: Rob Avis
Year: 2013
Language: USA
Region: Ladakh, India, South Asia

The Political Ecology of Road Construction in Ladhak, North India

In this video, Jonathan Demege (Insitute of Development Studies, Sussex) presents the findings on the PhD research on the political ecology of road construction in Ladhak, North India.

More info: Roadsforwater
Produced by: MetaMeta
Year: 2014
Language: English
Region: India, South Asia

Watweg; Waterbezwaar op de Snelweg

The former IT Services, Department of Public Works is doing research on “water hazard” on highways. The profile of highways to measure and enter the Watweg program provides insight on how the water flows on the roads around. Using this data, the shape of the road can be adjusted. A good design remains a prerequisite.

Watch the video: Watweg; waterbezwaar op de snelweg

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Produced by: Rijkswaterstaat
Year: 1986
Language: Dutch
Region: Netherlands

Roads for Water Video presentation

Did you know that 7 billion USD is spent on road construction every year in Sub Saharan Africa? Investment made in water resources management are not even close.
In this presentation Dr. Kifle Woldearagay from the Mekelle University in Ethiopia explains how proper planning of roads can benefit water supply and reduce erosion.

Webinar Roads for Water

In this webinar Ian Neal (Excellent Development) and Frank van Steenbergen (MetaMeta) present several examples that demonstrate how roads can be designed in ways that slow down runoff, minimize erosion and facilitate groundwater recharge. Many instances of water harvesting structures  are constructed in ways that improve access for rural communities, protect existing roads and even add to the roads network.
More information can be found on TheWaterChannel.

Roads for Water

Water can be an important cause of damage to roads, but we can also turn this around: roads have a major impact on the local availability of water resources. Roads change run-off, affect subsurface water flows, can cause compaction or gullying – but roads can also route water to storage ponds or recharge areas, can help retain water in dry riverbeds and ensure systematic spreading of floodwater.

Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are the fastest growing in the world. Across Africa urbanisation trends urge the development of infrastructure to ‘unlock regions’ and improve transport means, and access to education and health. On the other side, the higher road and traffic density also holds a threat; increasing pressure on the natural resources to the – often poor – rural communities living along the road depending on agriculture.

In this video MetaMeta shows in a Google flight how these issues can be tackled and even how road communities can benefit of the road projects.

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Produced by: TheWaterChannel
Year: 2013
Language: English
Region: Global


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