Reforestation and Permaculture in the Andalusian Desert - Year 3
Welcome! Welcome to the 2022 page of "Reforestation and Permaculture in the Andalusian Desert"! After a successful attempt at planting trees in Almería in the south of Spain last year, we have decided to renew our project, and surpass our aim!
The super intensive olive farms of Tabernas have drained groundwater supplies in the region. How can we face this ecocide which does not seem to concern the local authorities? Our past achievements! In 2020, we succeeded in planting 500 trees and in 2021 we almost tripled our aim by planting 1500 trees in the valley. The idea remains very similar to the previous year. Our project is to reforest the Cariatiz valley with local endemic species. This ecological approach aims to renew the groundwater in the valley. The lack of annual rain (200 millimeters per year) gives all the more importance to the three sources of the village: the only natural reservoir of underground water.
Thanks to Joachim's idea, we created a homemade water reserve to collect rainwater to water our plantations. This year, we recuperated 4000 L of water !
Our goal! The goal is to recreate an autonomous ecosystem : plant flora, which attracts fauna, and generates water. Ideally, this project will develop over years, and will be carried out each annually in order to reforest the whole valley, tree by tree. Frédérique would like to send huge thanks to the volunteers!
1500 trees for this year in 2022, still aiming for more in 2023.
Ten different endemic tree species:
Ceratonia siliqua (200) Quercus ilex (200) Pistacea terebinthus (200) Quercus coccifera (150) Rhamnus Alaternus (100) Pistacea lentiscus (100) Cercus siliquastrum (100) Cupressus piramidalis (100) Pinetree (45) Acebuche -wild olive tree- (100)
Tools: Auger screw, Egyptian level
Backhoe and labor cost of a local farmer
Amendments: humus of earthworms, straw and animal manure from local producers
Hosting the volunteers: housing (annex of La Barquilla), heating and food - organic vegetables from a local and independent market gardener. Thank you for reading !