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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


Future perfect: resilience challenge winners tackle perennial problems

Roads for Water was mentioned as one of the Global Resilience Challenge winners in The Guardian. To read the full article click here.

Read our latest article in Farming Matters Magazine – The wisdom of water

We are very happy to have contributed to the latest issue of Farming Matters – The wisdom of water. This issue of Farming Matters reveals how family farming based on agroecology is key to better water management. These pages document stories of farmers that have created their own solutions together with others, by building upon traditional practices or by adapting and creating new techniques.

Click on this link to read the magazine: Farming matters 31.3 – September 2015

Roads for water among the eight winners of the Global Resilience Challenge

We are ecstatic to announce that our project “New Roads for Resilience: Connecting Roads, Water and Livelihoods” was selected by the Global Resilience Partnership as one of the eight winning teams of the Global Resilience Challenge!! The selected teams will implement transformative resilience solutions to problems that threaten the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable populations in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel and South East Asia!


World Highways Magazine – Water from Roads?

Check out our article in World Highways Magazine – Emergent Edition

World Highways Magazine – Article Water from Roads


We hope you enjoyed the presentation on Making Roads Work for Water from the IRF e-learning Webinar Series. If you missed it you may download the presentation and watch a replay of the webinar here.

Planet Labs

RoadsforWater consortium will work together with Planet Labs to assess the impact of water harvesting with roads: (1) to monitor road-water effects in selected road stretches and (2) to assess area of impact – positive or negative – in road water harvesting. PlanetLabs will from 2016 source high resolution images on a daily basis – based on their new approach to remote sensing – i.e. the use of large number of low cost small satellites allowing line-scanning of the earth.

Postdoctoral research positions on roads

University of London has received a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant of almost €2 million for his research project on ethnographic approaches to infrastructure development in South Asia. The five-year project will provide the first ethnographic account of the culture of road builders, their knowledge practices, interrelations and motivations.

Postdoctoral research opportunities are now open! 


We, MetaMeta, Mekelle University and the government of Tigray, are very proud and happy to anounce you that we have been granted the 2015 Global Road Achievement Award by the International Road Federation for Environmental Mitigation. We are thankful for this recognition and encouraged to further develop and expand the Roads for Water mission!

Amhara Drought Resilience Program

There is high concern that the coming El Nino will cause drought in the eastern part of Amhara state. A crash drought resilience program has been initiated involving the mass mobilization of 2 million persons. Road water harvesting is one of the main components in the campaign. Because of the higher rainfall in Amhara several new techniques are used such as uphill water harvesting ponds and infiltration ditches perpendicular to the road.

Road Side Tree Planting Pilot

St Mary’s (a local NGO) with the Wukro woreda administration are starting a pilot on road side planting – looking at benefit sharing mechanism and appropriate tree plantation.

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