Temporary bridge crosses lakes near Hillingdon, Denham, and Harefield
Better living conditions for the people and the environment through the fair distribution of clean drinking water: Our experts are applying their know-how for a clean water supply in southern India. They are providing support as consultants for French Development Bank project in the Puducherry region.
The purpose of the project is the expansion of the sources of water supplies and upgrading of the system in the urban area of Puducherry, in the Puducherry district.
The Queensland Resources Council supports the release of the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for the management of the Lake Eyre Basin to provide certainty for all industry stakeholders and to move the process forward. The QRC maintains its position that the current regulatory framework is already sufficiently robust to assess all applications and mitigate risks to the Basin.
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Flood protection on the Nzoia River secures supply and ecosystems in Kenya
Flood protection on the Nzoia River secures supply and ecosystems in Kenya – training project for farmers (Credits: Tractebel)
A joint venture under the auspices of Tractebel is working on one of the largest irrigation projects on the Nzoia River in Kenya. Apart from the construction of irrigation infrastructure and flood protection, an agricultural training programme is also part of the project. The Kenyan government, World Bank and the German development bank KfW agreed to continue financing the ambitious project, the construction work of which began at the end of 2017 and will now continue until September 2023.
Using a valuable resource effectively
The Nzoia is the largest tributary of Lake Victoria and the lifeline of the Siaya County project region, where agriculture is the most important economic sector. Main crops not only include rice, maize, millet, manioc and sweet potatoes, but also sugar cane, cotton and coffee. The infrastructure built in recent years ensures sufficient irrigation and effective flood protection.
Innovative technologies such as automatically operating regulation structures for water distribution will ensure a very good supply of the cultivated areas. New dykes can largely prevent flooding in the region and protect homes, infrastructure, livestock and food. They will reduce crop losses and poverty and help improve the health of the people in the region. At the same time, the project serves to protect ecologically sensitive areas and local ecosystems.
An team of experts prepared the tender design and is currently involved in contract management and construction supervision. The current tasks are also focussed on training farmers on new agricultural practices and marketing strategies. Sensitisation starts with school classes and awareness is raised among the community. The comprehensive training programme also addresses the issues of gender-based violence, sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment, as well as violence against children.
The flood protection project was completed at the end of December 2022. 65 000 people are now protected against floods. By September 2023, the first 500 hectares of land will be irrigated, benefiting 1,500 farmers. By the end of September 2024, the entire irrigated area of approximately 4,000 hectares, which is cultivated by around 12,000 farmers, will be usable.
“Thanks to new technologies and training, farmers in many places have been able to more than double their rice yields while cutting seed use by about half. Our work leaves us with the good feeling that we have made an effective contribution to improving the living conditions of people, animals and nature,” Alex Hamming, Project Manager at Tractebel comments.
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