Water harvesting Project, Darkbou Villages, Socotra
Drakbou area consits of 12 villages located in the western part of Socotra considered the dreiest area due to shortage of renewable water resources due to short of rsain and holding capacity in the ground. The area is an open grassland with surrounded by hills from 3 sides intersected by rain water drainage system. Community practice herding of livestak mainly sheep and Goats. Community attempted to solve the water shortage problem by building open water cisterns"Karifs". These cisterns neither hold sufficient water nor good quality due to water property change under the sun.
Population of 750 inhabitants in 12 villages and theri livestock attempted with no success to access water spring located 24km away. Accessing water from that source requires high fund, thechnical assistnt and risk of sustainability. Local community proposed to harvest rain water into a covered and proper water cistern that can be used for domestic use and drinking. A 12 cisterns will be built in the 12 villages. capacity was planned according to population and suitabilty of the terrians to dig and build the cisterns. A total water harvested at one time is 913 cubic meters. The total water harvested in a season is expexted to reach 2000 m3.
Project will help local community improving their skill in building better water harvesting cisterns and raise their awareness about the environment.
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Project Snapshot

Drakbou Community Group
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Operational Phase:
Phase 4
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 36,683.00
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
Capacity - Building Component
Capacity building in project imeplementation will be adress during the awareness raising workshops.
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Hectares of land sustainably managed by project 240
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 70