Water harvesting using pond and micro-basin structures

Authors: IGAD
Date: 2019


Pastoralism is a primary source of livelihood for the pastoral communities in the Afar region, and access to water and pasture is critical. Recurrent drought is therefore a serious threat to their livelihoods. This promising practice demonstrates how water harvested through micro-dams and ponds increased the availability of water for domestic use, watering livestock and improving forage production. It also explains how, as a result of demonstrated impact, the regional government increased the annual budget allocated for natural resources management activities.