DOCUMENTS FOR THE DRYLANDS / DOCUMENTS POUR LES REGIONS ARIDES (Willem Van Cotthem)

Here is a series of documents that might be of interest for all people combating desertification, not only in Africa.

Voici une série de documents qui peuvent avoir un certain intérêt pour tous ceux qui combatent la désertification, non seulement en Afrique.

1. TERRACOTTEM (English/Français/Espagnol/Nederlands)

<www.terracottem.com>

Experiment with TerraCottem on a Belgian beach 1995 : treated saline beach dark green - untreated part brownish (Photo WVC)

Experiment with TerraCottem on a Belgian beach 1995 : treated saline beach dark green – untreated part brownish (Photo WVC)


2. CULTIVATING IN CONTAINER / CULTURE EN CONTAINER

A lot of containers (buckets, pots, bottles) can be placed on pallets to get a maximum of food production in a minimal space.  One can determine the best position of the containers on the pallet structures (full sunshine or more shady spots) - Photo WVC -

A lot of containers (buckets, pots, bottles) can be placed on pallets to get a maximum of food production in a minimal space. One can determine the best position of the containers on the pallet structures (full sunshine or more shady spots) – Photo WVC -


  3. EN ALGERIE / IN ALGERIA

   * BOTTLES FOR SAPLINGS IN A DESERT NURSERY  : <http://youtu.be/hMu1sDG-jyg>

Instead of the classical black nursery bags, one can recycle the often discarded plastic bottles to grow saplings in a nursery.  This technique has a lot of advantages : keeping the environment cleaning (recycling plastic), simple and cheap, water saving, enhancing survival rate.

2007-11 : Use of recycled soda bottles in the Tindouf nursery (S.W. Algeria) / Recyclage de bouteilles en plastique dans la pépinièrede Tindouf (S.W. Algérie) - Photo WVC)

2007-11 : Use of recycled soda bottles in the Tindouf nursery (S.W. Algeria) / Recyclage de bouteilles en plastique dans la pépinièrede Tindouf (S.W. Algérie) – Photo WVC)



* JARDINS DE FAMILLE EN ALGERIE – Partie 1  : <http://youtu.be/6Ed3AYiuIY8>

Le projet “Jardins de famille dans les camps des réfugiés Saharawis à Tindouf, S.W. Algérie” a connu un très grand succès (2005-2007).  Les réfugiés continuent la construction de nouveaux jardins avec l’aide d’ONGs et de personnes privées.  Une série de vidéos montrera qu’il est assez facile d’offrir aux familles des quantités de nourriture fraîche.  A suivre !

 * Jardin de famille en Algérie – 2 : <http://youtu.be/DmZ69y3IQAM>

Deuxième partie d’une série de vidéos sur le projet “Jardins de famille dans les camps des réfugiés Saharaouis de Tindouf, S.W. Algérie” (2005-2007).  A ce jour, les réfugiés continuent la construction de nouveaux jardins avec l’aide des ONGs et sponsors privées.

* FAMILY GARDENS IN ALGERIA – Part 1  : <http://youtu.be/ZEuXXTVB9-4>

The project “Family gardens in the Saharawis refugees camps of Tindouf, S.W. Algeria” has been very successful (2005-2007).  Today, the refugees continue the construction of new gardens with the help of NGOs and individual sponsors. A series of videos will show that it is rather easy  to offer to all the families in the camps the possibility to produce fresh food.  (To be continued)

   * Family gardens in Algeria – Part 2  : <http://youtu.be/ELIWmbyM7_8>

Second part of a series of videos on the project “Family gardens in the Saharawis refugees camps of Tindouf, S.W. Algeria”.  Today, the refugees continue the construction of new gardens with the help of NGOs and individual sponsors.

   * Family gardens in Algeria – 2005  : <http://youtu.be/fpaqJx8oxTw>

Review of the installation mission of the UNICEF-project on “Family gardens in the Saharawis refugees camps” and on some training sessions on the use of the soil conditioner TerraCottem.

   * Family gardens in refugees camps 2007-10A  : <http://youtu.be/k-NTLv_t-XI>

UNICEF project in the Sahara desert to combat child malnutrition in the Saharawis refugees camps (S.W. Algeria) by offering a small kitchen garden to every refugee family. Minimal efforts and investment for a maximal and sustainable result.

* Family gardens in refugees camps 2007-10B  : <http://youtu.be/P3zPfm3LwUY>

UNICEF project in the Sahara desert to combat child malnutrition in the Saharawis refugees camps (S.W. Algeria) by offering a small kitchen garden to every refugee family. Minimal efforts and investment for a maximal and sustainable result.

  * Family gardens in refugees camps 2008-2009  : <http://youtu.be/79BwvyTZD5I>

UNICEF project in the Sahara desert to combat child malnutrition in the Saharawis refugees camps (S.W. Algeria) by offering a small kitchen garden to every refugee family. Minimal efforts and investment for a maximal and sustainable result.

* Family gardens in refugees camps 2010-2011  : <http://youtu.be/xOD-fLdGWwQ>

It has been shown very clearly that family gardens contribute significantly to solving problems of hunger and malnutrition in refugees camps.  Local production of fresh food with vitamins and mineral elements is essential for the health of refugees, in particular for their children.  What is possible in the Sahara desert, can be applied in all the refugees camps.

2007-11 Family garden in Dahla refugee camp / Jardin de famille au camp de Dahla (Photo WVC)

2007-11 Family garden in Dahla refugee camp / Jardin de famille au camp de Dahla (Photo WVC)


* Malnutrition and family gardens in the Sahara desert 2007-1  : <http://youtu.be/NUTQOGeDsK4>

UNICEF project in the Sahara desert to combat child malnutrition in the Saharawis refugees camps (S.W. Algeria) by offering a small kitchen garden to every refugee family.  Minimal efforts and investment for a maximal and sustainable result.

* Malnutrition and family gardens in the Sahara desert 2007-2 : <http://youtu.be/pXDAKTM1gZM>

UNICEF project in the Sahara desert to combat child malnutrition in the Saharawis refugees camps (S.W. Algeria) by offering a small kitchen garden to every refugee family.  Minimal efforts and investment for a maximal and sustainable result.

* Malnutrition and family gardens in the Sahara desert 2007-3  : <http://youtu.be/NizSR5Jk3-I>

UNICEF project in the Sahara desert to combat child malnutrition in the Saharawis refugees camps (S.W. Algeria) by offering a small kitchen garden to every refugee family. Minimal efforts and investment for a maximal and sustainable result.

   * Malnutrition et potagers au Sahara 2007-1 : <http://youtu.be/W2VrJJpgIAg>

Projet de l’UNICEF Algérie, en coopération avec SOS Kinderdorf Draria-Alger, pour la réalisation de quelques milliers de jardins de famille en plein désert du Sahara (dans les camps des réfugiés Saharaouis près de Tindouf (S.W. Algérie).  Résultats spectaculaires avec un minimum d’efforts et d’investissement.

* Malnutrition et potagers au Sahara 2007-2 : <http://youtu.be/wmyqUYZsDfs>

Projet de l’UNICEF Algérie, en coopération avec SOS Kinderdorf Draria-Alger, pour la réalisation de quelques milliers de jardins de famille en plein désert du Sahara (dans les camps des réfugiés Saharaouis près de Tindouf (S.W. Algérie). Résultats spectaculaires avec un minimum d’efforts et d’investissement.

* POTAGERS SOS VILLAGE D’ENFANTS DRARIA-ALGER 2006  : <http://youtu.be/l_kaxP0ZXXU>

Construction d’un jardin communautaire et de jardins de famille au Centre de SOS Kinderdorf (SOS Village d’Enfants) à Draria près d’Alger (Algérie).

2006-04  Le jardin des Mères de SOS Villages d'Enfants à Draria (Alger) - The Garden of the mothers of SOS Childrens' Villages at Draria (Algiers) - (Photo WVC)

2006-04 Le jardin des Mères de SOS Villages d’Enfants à Draria (Alger) – The Garden of the mothers of SOS Childrens’ Villages at Draria (Algiers) – (Photo WVC)


* Forêt d’Arganiers – Argan Forest  : <http://youtu.be/XRdu6HUIyJU>

Argan forest in Oued Elmaa (Tindouf area, S.W. Algeria) – Forêt d’Arganiers à l’Oued Elmaa (Région de Tindouf, S.W. Algérie).

About Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.
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