Development of Microcatchment Structures

1- Agreements and Work Plan

The MoEnv signed three agreements with MoA/NCARE in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to design and implement micro-catchment water harvesting structures (contour ridges and bunds) at project sites using the Vallerani plow.  The purpose from these structures is improved productivity of planted shrubs. The work plan is based on implementing fodder shrub plantations in different parts in the Badia in sites selected jointly by BRP, project partners and local communities. The techniques introduced to farmers are based on planting fodder shrubs on contour ridges constructed by Vallerani machine. Assessment of sucess will be made during M&E phase. The parameters for evaluation include soil moisture storage, vegetation survival rate, vegetation cover and production and soil erosion levels.

2- Activities/Outputs

Activity 1: Selection of sites for the construction of micro-catchments (MC)

Activity 2: Enhancing awareness of local communities on BRP objectives

Activity 3: Training members of FCU on the design and implementation of MC

Activity 4: Construction of MCs at project sites

3- Locations

Geographic distribution of micro-catchment structures till the end of 2014 is shown in the map below.

The field crew of BRP was trained to collect soil samples, install instruments and means for measuring soil erosion, measure vegetation attributes and characterize the different structures and needs for sucessful structures.

Examples on field activities are shown in the following photos acquired during M&E field visits in 2014/2015.

Photos by Dr Jawad Al-Bakri and Dr Ahmad Abu-Awwad.

I- Examples on micro-catchment structures established by Vallerani.

Al-Azraq area (Al-Grain site)


North of Safawi (Aranbeh site)


II- Collection of soil moisture samples





III- Insatllation of rods for measuring soil erosion 









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