Our Integrated Drought Reduction Program (IDRP) focuses on tropical regions and reduces the impact of drought for humans, agriculture and cattle. Drought prone regions are stuck in a difficult situation. Often the need for water exceeds the capacity of the groundwater aquifer to recharge and thus ground water tables start to drop. As a result wells have to be deepened regularly to keep meeting the (drinking) water needs. Once aquifers are depleted, people have no other choice than to move.
Our IDRP offers support to prevent rainwater to flush away easily. Our actions are focusing on increasing the capacity of the earth to replenish the ground water aquifer. But in doing so, we also advise to undertake additional action so reach a long term sustainable water situation. For that we will also focus on locating sustainable water shops in the area, start a WASH program, involve woman actively and raise awareness on hygiene and sanitation. It is clear that an integrated approach is needed to tackle the drought issue seriously.
How the results are achieved in practice
We use geophysical- and geomorphological-techniques to locate permeable layers in the subsoil were rainwater can be trapped. Once that is done, the selected areas are flattened, if needed small dams are constructed and boreholes are drilled and filled with course gravels. Once the rains emerge, the water will be sinking down into the ground through these boreholes. The diagrams here after give an idea how the IDRP works over time.
Method is proven successful
The advocated method has been proven successful is Asian and African countries. More than 130 boreholes are installed so far, 18.000 farmers improved their livelihood and 100.000 families were supported to gain food security as a result.
What to expect from our activities?
After that construction activities are carried out, and after arrival of the first rain season, the signs of increasing groundwater table will become visible. Trees will turn green and bushes will come back in place. This trend is enforced in the years thereafter when the groundwater tables are further increased and the trapped water becomes more easily available both for human consumption and agricultural application.
Where and when does the IDRP work?
Our technology is dependent on rain to arrive and limited to those places were sandy coarse layers can be located in the subsoil less than100 meter deep.
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