Newsflash July

Training Mekelle postponed 

The annual international training on integrated watershed management and flood-based farming systems (FBFS) has been postponed. New dates will be announced soon. Keep an eye on our websiteTwitter and Facebook to stay updated.

Farmer rehabilitation

In Sibi (Balochistan, Pakistan), farmers fully depend on spate irrigation for agriculture. The Mal Gishkori channel, which is the last off-take of the Chakar river, has been completely silted up during the past floods. The farmers collectively made plans to rehabilitate this channel with an excavator. This way, the channel will be desilted before the start of the rainy season. See a video where two farmers in the area explain this farmer rehabilitation process here.

Ecological boom

One of Australia’s most spectacular natural events is currently unfolding at Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary, as local rain and flooding rivers help to fill Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. The floodwaters and recent rain event are now transforming Kalamurina into a rare desert oasis, rejuvenating the landscape and delivering a boost to the productivity of its ecosystems. The new flush of vegetation growth provides a crucially important opportunity for rare and threatened wildlife populations to recover from the extended dry conditions. The floodwaters also support a burst of aquatic life, which in turn attracts a wonderful variety of birds to breed here.The section of the Warburton Creek on Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary is the only stretch of this iconic river that is managed for conservation. The absence of cattle grazing, and intensive feral animal control, means that the coolabah woodlands, lignum thickets and floodplain vegetation is in exceptional condition here. See a video on this incredible spectacle here

Recording webinar

Did you miss the interesting webinar on creating pastures in African drylands using road water harvesting? No worries, it has been recorded and you can watch it at any convenient time on The Water Channel via this link. Feel free to also check out other interesting recordings of webinars like ‘managing flood risk in semi-arid data scarce regions’ and the newest webinar on ’coastal evolution and management: a new tool to understand the past and future’.