Description of practice

Micro-basins are formed by constructing a ridge around a cultivated area. They are highly efficient at storing water although any excess water cannot run off.

Examples of how to use micro-basins Further information
(see Note below)

AMP48 01

Vallerani system

In the Vallerani system a special tractor-pulled plough constructs micro-catchments combining traditional techniques of rainwater harvesting with mechanization for large scale land rehabilitation.


»WOCAT technology 1528

AMP48 02


Negarims are V-shaped micro basins particularly constructed for fruit tree production in water-scarce areas. The tree is planted in the downstream corner of the basin, the rest of which serves as the catchment area.


»WOCAT technology 2842

AMP48 03

Water harvesting basins

1 m wide basins with a 2 m wide runoff area are constructed. The basins are mulched with either straw or stones. The runoff area is left bare and untilled to encourage development of a crust over which water runs into the basin.


»WOCAT technology 968

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