Improving safety and resilience for erosion-affected communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
With erosion in the Kananga area causing large gullies that threaten local infrastructure and pose a risk to communities, we helped the UN design suitable solutions for local contractors to build.
- Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo
contractor workshop2-week 2-week
erosion gullies8 8
of gabions will be used>7000m³ >7000m³
of soil needs to be stabilised by grassing>80ha >80ha
projectUS$10 million US$10 million
We used best practice design codes for the communities in DRC, using Eurocode in this case, but adapting to the developing environment. The challenge is that these Codes often require materials that aren’t available to contractors in Africa. Combined with the need to be cost-effective, this meant we had to think very carefully about the materials in our design.