Effective Mechanized Rainwater Harvesting: Coping with climate change implications in the Jordanian Badia
Theib Oweis. (29/2/2016). Effective Mechanized Rainwater Harvesting: Coping with climate change implications in the Jordanian Badia. Amman, Jordan: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
Research on micro-catchment rainwater harvesting techniques by ICARDA and Jordanian scientists has led to the establishment of semicircular bunds on contour ridges and furrows (using GPS laser-guided Vallerani machine) and runoff strips in two communities of Jordan Badia. As an outcome of this research, an effective micro-catchment laser-guided system was identified for rainfall harvesting, which has led to improved water availability, increased vegetative cover and improved soil health, and provided rural communities substantial sources of feed for sheep and goats.
livelihoods improvement; loss of biodiversity; feasibility; mechanized rainwater harvesting technique; rate of return; atriplex halmus; vallerani; vallerani contour bunds; contour laser guiding (clg) system; excavation; vallerani machine; plow; hydraulic arm; integrated watershed management approach; land suitability analysis; bunds; intermittent pit excavation; furrows; micro-catchment water harvesting techniques; runoff strips; herders; contour ridges; impact study; Barley