The "Green Deserts" projects is an ambitious reforestation project converting 63 hectares of bare and desertified land into forest without the use of traditional irrigation, thereby demonstrating the viability of the Groasis Waterboxx. The project will run in 5 different Spanish provinces (Valladolid, León, Zamora, Zaragoza y Barcelona), each with a different climate, different height, and different usage and soil composition. The proposition is thus to test the Waterboxx in a great variety of circumstances and prove its effectiness in all these different and highly challenging conditions. All areas included in the project vary according to their:
- climate (from extremely dry land climate to dry Mediterranean climate)
- types of soil (sand, clay, rocks and any combination)
- height (from just above sea level to high in the mountains at 1.800 metres)
- actual usage (disuse, landfill, skiing slope, burned down forest, agriculture)
- specific indigenous tree species
- The common element for all regions is that they are extremely dry to arid and no tree, plant or crop can grow without articifical irrigation if at all.
Waterboxx in San Mateo de Gállego (Monegros)
The implementation of this project, which will run for 5 years, will provide proof about the used technology and a convincing answer to the actual problems of reforestation in Mediterranean countries (need for continious irrigation, extremely low survival rate, high costs, etc). Additionally, the project hopes to prove its positive impact towards slowing down the local effects of climate change in vulnerable rural areas. The realisation of "Green Deserts" will permit not only to advance towards more reforestation project in Spain, but also provide the creation of small industries (maintenance, fruit picking and processing, etc.) and local employement. It will thus contribute to installing and consolidating a "green economy", one of the Spanish government's priorities in generating new and sustainable jobs.
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