One example of a cosmology that anticipates nature-based solutions in the context of DRR is the mythical narrative of the Great Yu. This story tells how Yu rejected the engineered, grey solution of dike building to prevent China's recurrent flooding. This was the (unsuccessful) flood prevention approach developed by Yu’s father, before Yu was born. Changing tack, Yu decided not to battle against nature, but to invest time in understanding fluvial processes. Working with the rivers, he guided them into paths from which the only periodically overflowed, thus irrigating the land.
In his analysis of The Flood Myths of Early China (2013), Dr Mark Lewis notes how Yu’s father is dramatized as a mad, pharonic engineer in some flood-myth texts. Gun’s techniques of blocking the flood using a magical expanding earth that he steals from the gods threatens the safety of the Chinese people. The accumulated floodwaters that build up behind Gun’s dikes cause even greater damage once they overflow his flood protection. In contrast, Yu works to dredge rivers, guide the stagnated waters, amass waters to enrich crops and animals health, create mounds with the expanding earth that become mountain divides, nourish the low lands, and open nine springs.Lewis points out that this myth has been used to justify the differing hydrological engineering projects undertaken by political rivals. However, he notes it can also be read as a moral philosophy, encouraging good flows of behaviour via ordered channels.
This program aims to educate schoolchildren to the management of water, sanitation and good hygiene practices, but also the recovery of waste to make blue schools, incubators of social change "
Construction of rainwater harvesting systems in Bhaktapur, to provide safe access todrinking water in 2 schools and 6 camps for displaced families after the 2015 earthquake.
Climate change requires us to rethink our management methods and practices. This project aims to build community resilience by combining better management of water resources, trees and soil.
The "Unserved" project aims to provide access to clean water and restore dignity for those who have nothing, the forgotten from water services, who live on the outskirts of our cities and have to fight every day to access even water for drinking.
The objective of this workshop is to bring school children to become aware of their environment, and to be able to implement concrete and sustainable solutions in their city.
The aim of this "In the rain ink" project is to transform the representations of rainwater seen as a nuisance, poetically using the urban environment in which we live.