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slider 2 road side harvestingg pond
slider 3 Dust from feeder roads – kopie
slider 4 percolation pits along the road
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Making Roads Work for Water: Scoping Study for Mugu District, Nepal

This report discusses the opportunities for beneficial road water management in Nepal with
a focus on the mid-hill areas where the Rural Access Programme-3 (RAP3) program is
implemented. The assignment was undertaken for the RAP3 project. The objective was to scope the potential for road water harvesting. Read the full report here 

World Bank Report: Lifelines – The Resilient Infrastructure Opoortunity

According to Lifelines, a new report from by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the net benefit of building more resilient infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries would be $4.2 trillion, with $4 in benefit for each $1 invested. 

Solutions to improve the resilience of infrastructure exist and investments to do so are both sound and profitable. What does this resilient infrastructure look like? It could be digging deeper foundations, using alternative materials, building flood protection, strengthening electrical poles and cell towers, improving road design, and building stronger water treatment plants.

But it is also necessary to look beyond each individual asset and build more resilient systems and networks. Building redundancy in networks, that is by increasing the number of connections that serve a community, for instance, can be a gamechanger. A city that is accessible through multiple roads and powered through multiple transmission lines is less likely to find itself isolated or without power when a devastating storm strike.

How to Create an Sponge Town? Sponge Town Guideline!

This Guideline has been prepared by the Sponge Teams of Kajiado and Kwa Vonza, under the ViaWater
programme supported by Aqua4All and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. From 2016-March
2019 pilots have been implemented in Kajiado and Kwa Vonza. Based upon the experience and learnings from
these pilots this Guideline is prepared. Access the Guideline on this link: Sponge Town Guideline

Roads, food security and land use conversion in Liberia

This note describes some examples of road water management practices in Liberia and highlights the enormous potential in the country. Access the note here

Recommended Good Practices: Road Development to Support Water Management and Flood Resilience

This document with Recommended Good Practices intends to facilitate the systematic integration of road development with internal polder water management and improved flood resilience in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. The document is the consensus result of the Steering Expert Committee.

Recommended Good Practices Document


International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC) is implementing the “Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains” (REACH – UGANDA) project, an innovative four – year agribusiness initiative. One of the objectives of the REACH – Uganda project is to improve availability and uptake of public and private support services related to core commodity value chains, infrastructure being one of the services. As part of the program, IFDC realized that two of the access roads under rehabilitation located in Kween and Kanungu needed road water management and best practices applied to avoid damage to the roads by run off and protecting crops in farms/gardens adjacent to the roads. The roads link the established farmer to markets thereby contributing towards the objectives of the REACH – Uganda project.The overall objective of this report is to outline the weak spots and issues of these roads related to water management. And based on this information propose solutions which cater for beneficial water management for landscapes and farms, and increase road durability and longevity at reduced maintenance costs. The roads under construction aim to be exemplary roads of how low-cost innovative road water management solutions, can make roads multi-functional, serving more than its transport functions solely. Read the full report here

Case Study: Exploring the cost-benefit of Roads for Water in Ethiopia

The Roads for Water (RfW) project has been implemented by Meta Meta (MM) with Mekelle University (MU), together with regional and federal government organizations in Ethiopia since 2014. It has enabled farmers to use water from roads that previously would likely cause flood damage, by intercepting the water and guiding it to recharge areas, surface storage places or directly onto pieces of land. The project has brought together government stakeholders from the agriculture, water and roads sectors and used extensive training of trainers to enable government to scale this approach to millions of farmers in Tigray,
Amhara and Oromia.

RfW began as a catalyst research project in 2014 in Tigray region with the UK’s National Engineering Research Council (NERC) funding, was further partially supported by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)–WOTRO Science for Global Development in Tigray region with scaling supported by the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) from 2015 in different parts of Ethiopia.

The purpose of the study was to (1) verify the evidence used to report on key GRP indicators, and (2) strengthen project cost–benefit analysis (CBA). This case study report addresses these
tasks. The study can be accessed on this link 

Roads: Instruments for Rainwater Harvesting, Food Security and Climate Resilience in Arid and Semi-arid Areas

This chapter provides evidence from Yemen and Tigray region in Ethiopia, where road water harvesting has systematically
been introduced in all districts since 2014. The chapter describes the process of promoting road water harvesting, the techniques used, the potential of road water harvesting to increase resilience and the hydrological and
socio-economic effects. Read the article here

MSc Thesis: Improving the design of road hydraulic structures for water harvesting: The case of Freweyni – Hawzien – Abraha – We – Atsbeha road, Tigray, Ethiopia

This study explores effect of design improvements of road hydraulic structures for water harvesting. The study was conducted with a case study in the Freweyni-Hawzien-Abraha-We-Atsibha road network. Road design improvement scenarios were also developed for different channel characteristics depending on the location of the road drainage structures. Culvert site with the highest water harvesting potential was culvert site 8 with 263,650.6 m3 and culvert site 4 has the smallest water harvesting potential with 13,630.46 m3 annually, showing applying new ideology like roads for water and artificial ground water recharge are nowadays food warranty to enhance sustainable development. Read the full thesis here

International Online Course on Water Harvesting

Deadline extended – 15.01.2019


International Online Course on:
“Water Harvesting for land ecological restoration”

The Water Harvesting Lab of the University of Florence is proposing the 4thInternational Online Course on Water Harvesting, covering the topic of “Water Harvesting for land ecological restoration”.

The deadline for the course enrollment has been extended up to January 15th, 2019, and an additional module on “Road water harvesting for landscape restoration” is announced

In arid and semi-arid regions, in order to increase the resilience to climate change, there is the need to focus the attention on interventions able to contribute to land ecological restoration. Adoption of restorative land use and recommended management practices through Water Harvesting are then important to strengthening numerous ecosystem services.
The course will be co-organised involving lecturers from the Università degli  Studi di Brescia (IT), MetaMeta Research (NL) and the Institute of Arid Regions(TUN). The module of the course will cover:

  1. Main drivers of land degradation
  2. Social and economic aspects of land degradation and land restoration
  3. Effects of water harvesting techniques on soil properties and water management
  4. Water harvesting for vegetation recovery (rangeland and forestry)
  5. Road water harvesting for landscape restoration

 Deadline for application: January 15th, 2019 
Start and end dates: from February 18, 2019, to October 31, 2019
Course fee: € 150
The course will not be activated if the number of paying applicants is less than 5

  • 5 places reserved for BSc and MSc students of the University of Florence.
  • 5 places reserved for PhD students of the University of Florence.
  • 5 researchers and personnel researchers and doctor.
  • No tuition fee is due for a total of 10 participants from countries where the issue of water scarcity and access to water is a limiting factor for the development, and where payment of the registration fee can be a hindering factor for enrollment in the course.

More info on the call and applications at:
Elena Bresci (course coordinator) – Giulio Castelli

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