Activites we do


    Reducing vulnerability to erosion is a multi-faceted undertaking that requires innovative solutions and approaches. One of the measures adopted by NEWMAP to prevent the gully erosion menace in Anambra State is Household and Community Rainwater Harvesting.

    The Challenge


    ln a naturally vegetated area, the force of rain drops is dampened and its flow velocity slowed down tom aid percolation into the soil resulting in minimal run-off. With rapid urban development and adoption of wrong construction practices, natural vegetation has given way to non-permeable surfaces like roof tops, road surface and other surface treatments, causing significant increase in surface run-off.

    Our Approach


    Household and Community Rainwater Harvesting reduces the amount of surface run-off and velocity of flow, thereby removing the scouring power of the rainwater that causes erosion in our towns and communities. The practice involves collection of rainwater from roofs and storing them in specially designed tanks for domestic, agricultural, recreational and other applications.

    Stats & Summary

    Seven sites have been earmarked to benefit from this programme. lt is expected that the practice, being part of comprehensive watershed management, will be adopted by other communities.


    Members of the public are constantly kept abreast of activities of the Project using a blend of communication channels.

    This includes:

    • Constant community visits
    • Formation of environmental clubs in schools
    • Production of monthly e-newsletters
    • TV & radio call-in programmes
    • Radio Jingles
    • Road shows
    • Social media platforms

    Photo speaks & Labels


    • Impacting lives

    Following the confidence in the civil works interventions, NEWMAP as part of efforts at restoring the hopes of these communities, also provides support in form of grants. This is to improve the livelihood oft people who live in the shadows and parameters of these gullies

    Observation & Planning


    ln each of the affected gully areas, a mapping of the various threats identified by the communities as their main worries as well as the vehicles for them to upgrade themselves was carried out. The Project engaged the service of non-governmental organizations who are more in tune with the aspirations of communities to guide them how to take advantage of the opportunity that NEWMAP has provided for training, capacity building and provision of seed money that will help kick-start investments in the trades they have chosen so as to improve their livelihood and welfare.



    This is done in such a way that the activities chosen are site-specific and to an extent community-specific to address the peculiar nature of the problems that these communities encounter. Community members are formed into Community Interest Groups and they engage in their choice livelihood activities that include; iron bending, snail rearing, tailoring, poultry, welding, waste management, etc. These are activities that are directly tied to helping stabilize the civil works that have been done.

    The statistics of the Livelihood Support in the 4-pilot intervention communities stand as follows:

    • Amount Disbursed
    • Households Impacted
    • Community Interest groups formed
    • Persons  Assisted
    • Female Beneficiaries

    Photo speaks

    Dont take our words for it. You may wish to visit our photo gallery to view events and videos of livelihood support activities we have undergone.

    • Distribution of Cook Stoves

    A majority of people across communities uses firewood to provide energy for cooking and other domestic and industrial uses. This action results in the felling of trees and bush burning therefore making the environment vulnerable to erosion and contributing to causes of climate change by depleting the ozone layer.

    To address this challenge

    NEWMAP distributed about 1,524 low fuel carbon efficient cook stoves to promote low carbon, climate resilient development. The stoves include Bio-Ethanol stoves, Wood Efficient stoves and Briquettes. These were distributed to NEWMAP communities especially to the women who do most of the cooking in households.

    Items distributed included:

    • Bio-Ethanol stoves
    • Wood Efficient stoves
    • Briquettes

    These were distributed to NEWMAP communities especially to the women who do most of the cooking in households.

    Photo speaks

    Dont take our words for it. You may wish to visit our photo gallery to view support activities where we distributed these items to various communities



    is supporting the State Government with a study to mitigate the perennial flooding in the Onitsha metropolis & its immediate environs. Known as the Onitsha Urban Stormwater Management Masterplan, the project which is under NEWMAP component ZB, involves understanding the flood and drainage discharge patterns with intent on developing a lasting solution for Onitsha and its environs. This is made possible through the State Government‘s partnership with the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).

    Related Resources

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