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slider 3 Dust from feeder roads – kopie
slider 4 percolation pits along the road
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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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Practical Note: Experiences with Road Runoff Harvesting and Agroforestry in Kitui and Machakos county, Kenya

Road runoff harvesting (RRH) is a practice of which its integration is not yet widespread, especially in Kenya. It is mostly practiced in the ASALs in Kenya. RRH is a technique that results in increased land productivity and environmental sustainability. Read more about examples on RRH in Kitui and Machakos County here

Roads for Water in Spanish newspaper El Pais

Roads for Water featured along other nature-based solutions in Spanish newspaper El Pais. Read here: 

Environmental Impact Assessment – Roads to the Rescue

Based on the assessment and classification of road – water issues in Polder 26 and 43 2F, Polder 32 and LGED Khajuria Sub-project, this report outlines several options and opportunities to improve these issues. Overall, the implementation of the proposed measures will lead to environmental benefits in the polder areas by reducing waterlogging, erosion and salinity. At the same time, agriculture productivity will increase and the overall socio-economic situation in the polders will improve. Read the full report here

Fodder production with road water harvesting in African drylands

Flood based irrigation and road water harvesting are two viable and low-entry methods to boost fodder production in drylands. A high soil moisture content and prolonged plant growth can be ensured by spreading water on the field or by capturing it through trenches. These will allow water time to infiltrate slowly, this water will move in both vertical and lateral directions, thus recharging groundwater and soil moisture. Systematically introducing the spreading of short term floods from ephemeral rivers and from road drainage combined with water retention in trenches will lead to increase of soil moisture levels. Read the blog on this link

Comparative assessment of road runoff harvested water quality and that of other water sources

This research was aimed at analyzing the differences in physical-chemical water parameters
of road runoff harvested water compared to water obtained from other sources. A case study
was done in Makueni County. Specific objective was to gain insight on whether and how road
runoff water has different water quality characteristics compared to water not coming from a
road. Focusing on trends in physical and chemical parameters of water related to the different
types of use. Furthermore possible purification methods are identified in case this proved
needed. Overall this adds insight in the potential of the harvesting and storage of road runoff
water for different purposes of use. Read the full report here

Can road design boost water security in rural regions?

Read an article by “Groundwater Solutions Initiative for Policy and Practice” on how road design can boost water security in rural regions on this link –> 

International training course “Market-led SMARTechs for water and agriculture”

The SMART Centre Group and SNV are organising an introductory short course to provide policy makers and practitioners in water and agricultural management with a holistic set of knowledge and skills to take water and agricultural initiatives to the next level, to become true agents of change and accelerate reaching several SDGs simultaneously. For more information click here: International training course flyer

Launching Road-Run Off Water Harvesting Campaign for 2017/18 Season in Malawi

While the onset of rains marks the beginning of the cropping season in Malawi, it also brings a lot of challenges like flooding, soil erosion and damage to infrastructure including roads. Road run off if not properly managed is a hassle for many farmers whose fields lie along or nearby water ways, roads or footpaths. To avert these, farmers of Mitundu and Chiwamba Extension Planning Areas (EPAs) and Rainwater Harvesting Association of Malawi (RHAM) through the flood Based Livelihood Network Malawi Chapter (FBLN – Mw) on 1st December, 2017 launched roads for water activities for the 2017/2018 growing season. In total 86 farmers are participating in the programme this year up from 17 farmers who were trained last year. Check out the report here


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