Newsflash June


Tomorrow a webinar on pasture production using road water harvesting in African Drylands will be held at 2 PM CEST (3 PM East African Time). Go to for more information and the live link. 

Training Mekelle

This July, it is time again for the annual international training on integrated watershed management and flood-based farming systems in ASAL areas at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. It will be an interactive 12-day programme conducted by national and international experts using a broad variety of training methods including a field trip and practical field work. The goal of the training is to qualify professionals with comprehensive understanding & technical skills in participatory approaches, integrated watershed development in ASAL areas as well as FBFS and techniques to enable them to better plan, design and manage FBFS. Here you can find more information about the training and instructions on how to subscribe. 

Spate Irrigation Pakistan

With about 700.000 hectares, Pakistan is the country with the highest amount of land brought under spate irrigation. On the pictures below you see a new spate structure in Awaran and an aerial photo of spate agriculture along the Baddo River in Balochistan. Recently, a chapter has been published on IntechOpen written by Qudrat Ullah Khan and Obaid Ullay Sayal as an outcome of research of the FBLN Pakistan. This chapter is a brief comprehension of spate irrigation under changing climate with special focus on Pakistan. You can read and download it here.

Sponge Town Guideline

Have you ever heard of a sponge town? If so, do you know how to create one? Based on experiences from pilots in Kajiado and Kwa Vonza in Kenya, a sponge town guideline has been developed. You can view and download it here. This guideline has been prepared by the Sponge Teams of Kajiado and Kwa Vonza under the ViaWater programme supported by Aqua4All and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.