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Project Update: Our Gabions and Reno Mattresses helped reclaim and re-vegetate Edo gully erosion site


The reclamation project on the Ekehuan gully erosion site was undertaken on behalf of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP)

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) began the project in 2016 using our Gabions and Reno Mattresses to tackle soil erosion and reduce the water velocity. After one year the solution has been very effective. Contracts were issued for the reconstruction of 25 kilometers of road linking the affected areas.

Back in 2016, the residents of Ekehuan community in Edo risked losing their homes, along with a major road and farmlands to a gully that was rapidly growing after heavy rainfall.

This prompted NEWMAP, which is financed by the World Bank and the Federal Ministry of Environment, to employ a local consultant to help manage the threat.

Our Gabions were used to build check dams at intervals within the gully to help reduce the water velocity and to assist in gradual deposition in order to reclaim the gully. In addition, to aid bio-remediation, our Reno Mattresses and Geotextiles were used to reinforce the exposed soil surface and prevent scouring by the water flow velocity in the gully.

Just one year after the construction, the gully erosion site was successfully reclaimed and re-vegetated. The spread of the gully erosion has been checked and the danger to public utilities in the community has been averted.

For more information, download our case history here.

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