Since the year 2007, the project has been functioning mainly as ""ADOPTION", i.e. from the amount 12,-€,
per tree / year were financed plants and about 5 years of watering a tree, hired by an external gardener.
We have made directly the field experience and understood that it is necessary first to invest the infrastructure entirely at the new planting sites, to stop the initial distrust of the local people, and it is not possible to cover the amount for one tree. Financially withstand the beginnings before the results come in the form of a rooted tree, controlled by logging, tourism. The mentality of the people there is somewhat looser, and when they are not supervised, they are a little too baffled. Of the 3,000 trees, therefore, they remained 156. Not all the deaths were caused by irresponsibility, and other factors contributed to that. Like salt underwater, unsuitable soil (sand), occasionally even a broken pump etc ...
Most of the trees also the association MIE z.s. planted by herself, for the private money of the founding members. That is why we want to change the funding of the project a little, and especially keep it independent of the day-to-day tree watering. In addition to the possibility of the adoption, you have the opportunity to contribute to the promotion of a certain location in the initial investments: pumps, fencing (against sheep and camels), self-tapping piping, equipment for obtaining water from the air humidity etc ...
Its main objective is the afforestation of the desert, with the simultaneous creation of biotopes and the maintenance of water in the area and thereby also of the life.
The land is located behind the village of Khafsalah in the direction of Tataouine in Tunisia. REFERENCE TO THE MAP
Our first and tallest tree, this tree is one of the few that have survived, due to the lack of finances for the gardener who should have to care for them. (originally planted several thousand trees). The trees must be regularly watered before reaching the groundwater.
This one is already self-reliant, to be watered is not needed, and small animals , birds, beetles, gerbils are gradually gathering in their shadow ... - and that is our goal to create life here.:-)
There was destruction of the gazebo here .The reason? Here, too, the revolution and crisis have been described. Unfortunately, nothing happened to the trees that caught up. Only two of them have a broken branch, probably from astray camel.
We have made major changes on the land this year. We have rented several hectares to local people for olive growing. One of them is also Mr. Amor, who has been transporting us water just for a few years to water in the tank behind the tractor. We have already established more warm contacts with the local people, we have been here just for 8 years.
What a pity that the water in our wells is saltier, it would be here like in the Garden of Eden. Here is just water needed and everything grows.
The local ones have finished the tank and is waiting for the subsidies to get back to be able to begin with the second tank on the opposite side.
We made here a dam over the valley, where a stream sometimes is flowing. If it rains, the water keeps here longer and sinks around our well into the underground.
The trees grow even without the watering, not so intense, but they have to get used to rough nature
We have finished the internal insulation of the tank for the rainwater. We have made the dams in the shape of "V" down the hill towards the inlet into the tank.It is by the reason of the vehement rains, when it is rainy , so that the water leads into the tank.
During the year passed off the planting of new trees and their replacement. The dam, which was built in the year 2016, rised to the occasion. She is holding the running water after rains. The water is slowly soaking into here and creates a more wet microclimate and underground moisture for the trees.
Mr. Amor has planted the pea and other plants, which do well here. So that land can be successfully used before the trees grow up. The advantage is, that Mr. Amor will see to it that the neighbours don´t pasture their sheeps and camels here.
In conclusion, of the year 2018 we are planning to plant more trees so that a small forest will arise here.
This year, we have completed the works around the rain tank and have begun the preparation of the second tank on the opposite slope.We have terminated more than ten years of the research into what trees are appropriate ones for this area.
We have placed the main conditions as follows: the tree must be well adopted, be as early as possible independent, growing rapidly, has to live in symbiosis with other plants, ie not to be aggressive to other plants. Clearly, Acacia was for us the first tree to be suitable for the planting.
We also have fine-tuned the effective way of the irrigation. Following these experiences, we have started preparing to create several new localities of forest biotopes in Southern Tunisia.
For this project and for 3 other localities outside of our research site we are earning with secondary activity of the society MIE, z.s. in the Czech Republic, and especially by selling of the extracts from own ecological farm, selling of the poultry, by the operation of the autocinema. Furthermore also by selling of newspapers, but also by serving the WCs in the local markets in Ředhošť.
We are preparing the addresses of companies and institutions that would financially support the emergence and the development of new forest biotopes. All these funds will go to the need for the given forest and the support of the local people who will help us in the project.
Our next intention is to provide an existing cottage on the land to one, or a team of Czech enthusiasts who will help to coordinate local helpers activities and they will put their hand to the work: trees growing, planting, watering, fencing and, last but not least, the photographic documentation of the whole project.
MIE z.s. / Ředhošť 101, 411 20 Mšené-lázně Czech Republic / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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