Sahara Forest is a project to return the Sahara Desert to its former state. We are starting in the Central Atlas Mountains with a corridor between two National Parks. it is the watershed/catchment for the famous Ouzoud waterfalls.
Our initial aim is to reforest a 30km strip between two National Parks. We will start at tribalnetworks project site in Igourdane, setting up a nursery and train and pay the locals to raise the seedlings and plant them in their own valley as a pilot project for the corridor to follow.
After building a school for local children and a permaculture centre we will start at the top of the local watershed. Using gabions and swales with intelligent planting we will restore the valley, working down from the top.
This first stage will be an example, not only of the restoration procedure but also of the methods we intend to use for future projects. Everything will be done by the local people, and will incorporate the economies enjoyed when using permaculture principles. The food forests will eventually become self-propagating as more and more communities see the benefits, and following the 'each one teach one' philosophy it will become independent of any outside financing or other dependency.
Initial funding is primarily from the carbon offsets traded by big polluters, as the food forests will provide the 'carbon sinks' they need in order to appear socially responsible, and to comply with the ever-increasing maze of regulations being brought in by the global power manipulators.
We will need teachers, interns, volunteers, and your ideas. In particular we need people with a knowledge of or ability to research into the ecological history and prehistory of North Africa.
Until we have built the center at Igourdane, our main contact address is in Ireland.
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