Roads can be designed to help control and harvest water and help communities cope with erratic and seasonal rainfall. A new initiative in Ethiopia focuses on flexible ways of turning roads into water management devices. This involves channelling water to irrigate crops, storing it for later use, or allowing it to soak into the soil to boost crucial groundwater reserve.
The armyworm moth could lead to huge losses of crops, famine and increased migration. Currently, there are no successful methods to combat armyworm moth in West Africa, but a new international research collaboration aims to take short-term control measures and map out which natural enemies species have in its’ original areas.
Seven years on from the devastating earthquake in Haiti, countries from across the Caribbean are working hard to reduce the risks posed by seismic threats, as part of their wider drive towards sustainable development. The new the ‘Regional Roadmap on Urban Seismic Risk Management in the Caribbean’ will provide the basis for concerted action in the region.