Before one of the strongest typhoons in history smashed into the Philippines in November 2013, development professionals from Tetra Tech and the Millennium Challenge Corp. were charged with building 120 kilometers of road on the fourth largest island in the country.
The team determined — even before Typhoon Haiyan — that the road was going to be at an increased risk for mudslides, and worked with local partners to find an innovative solution to protect the road: coco netting.
The netting, made of husk fibers from the coconut, kept the soil around the road in place. When the typhoon hit, the netting helped to protect the 20 kilometers of road that was already built, which proved critical for emergency response.
Hope Herron, senior climate change specialist at Tetra Tech spoke with Devex about this innovation and how partnering with local stakeholders can help bring such solutions to scale.
“It’s just critical that … solutions are scaled and applied in a local way that really makes an impact,” Herron said.
Jeff is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Washington, DC, he covers multilateral affairs, U.S. aid and international development trends. He has worked with human rights organizations in both Senegal and the United States, and prior to joining Devex worked as a production assistant at National Public Radio. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from the University of Rochester.
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