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The Dili-Ainaro Road Development Corridor (DARDC) Project - full title 'Strengthening Community Resilience to Climate Induced Natural Disasters in the Dili to Ainaro Road Development Corridor, Timor Leste' - aims to strengthen the resilience of communities living in the Dili-Ainaro Road Development Corridor to climate-induced disaster such as floods, erosion, fire, destructive winds and landslides, by reducing the risk of damage to road infrastructure and communities.
Krishantha and his mother live along the Mahameda Wewa Resevoir in Nawagattegama, Sri Lanka.
Due to prolonged drought in the area, lack of water has been a major hindrance for farming.
“We received a lot of assistance to overcome the challenges we faced to develop our land. Our main problem was water supply because we don’t get a lot of rainfall here.
Due to dry weather, we have not been able to reap any benefits from our harvest. We were given a solution to manage our water supply and we were given instructions on effective cultivation processes.
In the past, tanks in the Dry Zone had tree girdles for protecting water reserves. Today, many of these are tanks are lacking this protection.
Native trees are now being planted along the tanks to revive the cascade system.
“My name is Nirmala Ranasinghe, I am from Vavuniya. I live with my husband and two kids who are now at school.
When the cascaded tank village system was rehabilitated, we were able to improve our livelihoods significantly.