Wadis-Mar project using natural underground reservoirs presented


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A desert area in the Medenine province, Tunisia

Maghreb: desertification, new technique for harvesting water

A new technology for combating the desertification that affects nearly 40% of the planet and a third of the global population has been presented at a recent conference in Cagliari. The Water Harvesting and Agricultural Techniques in Dry Lands: an Integrated and Sustainable Model in the Maghreb Regions (Wadis-Mar) project involves harvesting the water from the rare but heavy rainfall in desert areas for use in agriculture by artificially refilling natural underground reservoirs.

The project is financed by the EU and has been overseen by the desertification research nucleus at the university of Sassari, the Universitat de Barcelona (Ub), the Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (Oss) of Tunis and the Institut des Régions Arides (Ira) of Médenine in Tunisia and the Agence Nationale des Ressources Hydrauliques (Anrh) in Algiers.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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