Flood-Based Livelihoods Network Foundation


  • Changes in a landscape, can trigger changes to the microclimate. Farmers planting trees around their fields, communities digging bunds to improve water retention or spreading floodwater, are examples of interventions that change the local climate. Microclimate management is an overlooked route to handle climate extremes in simple and effective ways. When simple practices are wisely applied at scale, the climate on the farm can change, leading to better livelihoods.

    The International Online Course of Water Harvesting Lab, edition 2019-2020, will be focusing on “Water Harvesting for Microclimate Management” co-organized with the Centre for Microclimate Management, MetaMeta and the Flood Based Livelihoods Network Foundation.

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  • Read our November newsflash here with several updates from the Flood-based Livelyhoods Network, including new resources and updates from the chapters in Malawi and Pakistan.

  • The FBLN Malawi chapter is working with communities in Balaka District, Southern Malawi to establish a Model Spate Irrigation scheme, using harvested road run-off water. The coordinator of the Malawi FBLN chapter, Macpherson Nthara has produced an overview of the results so far of which a summary is included in the newsflash. The full document is accessible available on the resources page.

“Floods are not always a hazard. They may also sustain aquatic life and riverine biodiversity, recharge aquifers, enrich soils and in some of the world’s poorest areas they are the main source of irrigation.”

Global Water Partnership (2000) ‘Toward water security: a framework for action’


is a network of spate irrigation professionals and practitioners. The network stimulates the development of programmes of implementation that improve the livelihoods of those in spate irrigation areas, exchanges experiences and good practices, helps upgrade training, identify priority fields for improvement and research and development. Read more…