Digging bunds in Kenya

Rainwater harvesting - bunds

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Digging bunds in Kenya
Justdiggit

Categories

Reforestation
Carbon
Wilderness

Background

Nature-based solutions are now recognised as a key element of tackling climate change. Justdiggit, restores desertified, dry land using proven techniques including rainwater harvesting (digging bunds, or ‘earth smiles’). All projects are owned and implemented by communities that live off the land.

Why did we choose this project?

Bringing back nature is vital alongside decarbonising the global economy, if we are to maintain a liveable planet. Africa has a young and growing population as well as fertile soil and ideal growing conditions. Sadly, as temperature rise, more and more land is becoming desertified and unusable without intervention.

How does it work?

By breaking open the hard top layer of soil and allowing rainwater to pool and soak into the ground. This one-time intervention ensures less flooding occurs in heavy downpours and less topsoil is washed away. It also enables perennial grass and plant species to return and thrive. Not only does the project bring local employment, including to Masai women, but it also inspires whole communities to regreen their land. Much of the work is close to national parks and helps provide wildlife corridors for endangered species, by connecting wild and semi wild areas.

How do we know it's working?

Justdiggit takes impact measurement very seriously and outline their methodology and metrics in their impact report. So far over 200,000 water bunds have been dug, capturing millions of cubic metres of water and allowing it soak into the soil, and over 60,000 hectares of dry land is under restoration.

Verified by Pinwheel

29 Oct 2022

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Kenya, Africa