The Dagesime Magepanda Catchment (DAS) is located on Flores Island in Indonesia Nusa Tenggara Timur Province. In this project the cause of current flooding, reduced water availability and proposes mitigations and strategies for lobby and advocacy at the level of the local government were addressed. The report was the final outcome of an field assessment in which all relevant stakeholders in the area were interviewed and opportunities within the landscape were identified with help of focus group discussions.
To be able to address the identified problems, RAIN emphasized to adapt a catchment approach, an approach which looks at the connections between upstream and downstream linkages, but also hilly and flatland, irrigated and slash and burn agriculture. Four different landscape zones were demarcated and described to show how the problems in the catchment were connected. RAIN advised the client on performing catchment planning, reinforcement of legislation and incentives for people to implement 3R measures (or water buffering options) to improve the water balance.
The organization, planning and management of these interventions should be in the hand of a catchment management platform which consists of stakeholders from the whole catchment. During the project first activities were completed to establish such an organization. Thematic maps were used to describe the current situation and to access the need for possible mitigations.