Multifunctional Roads: for access, water harvesting and drainage
One way in which poor communities are marginalized is lack of access- to public services, markets and employment opportunities- due to a lack of good roads. Many a time, the problem is the frequent damage to existing roads (rather than absence of roads).
A large part of the damage is water-related. (In Ethiopia, for example, runoff causes 35% of all road damage). At the same time, roads designed with disregard to local hydrology/water use are known to wreak havoc on agriculture and water security in communities they pass through.
But roads and water are not natural enemies. Examples show that roads can be designed in ways that slow runoff, minimize erosion, and help groundwater recharge. And that water harvesting structures can help improve access by protecting roads and even adding to existing networks.
In a webinar on November 26 (1400 GMT), Ian Neal (Excellent Development) and Frank van Steenbergen (MetaMeta) will present such examples and discuss what we could learn from them.
The webinar is free and open to all. For details on how to attend, local timings, related resources, speakers and the organisers, go to www.thewaterchannel.tv/webinar.
For more resources on roads and other forms of multifunctional infrastructure, go to www.thewaterchannel.tv/multi
LIVE TODAY: Symposium on ‘Stream and River Restoration Across the Border,’ organized by STOWA, the Netherlands. Click here to watch live and for further details.