INFORMATION 

In Morocco we are developing our first project as a part of our Hydrologic Corridor program. This project will be a full scale (3,000 ha) project that will also act as the first project of the full Hydrologic Corridor Morocco.

The project is located in the province of Rehamna near Marrakech.

  • A good example of the extreme drought in Morocco.

  • In this project we will plant 6.000 cactuses.

  • To create commitment and get local ownership we inform the population and get them involved.

  • The local population wants to see things changed; the community meetings are packed!

  • Let’s start digging!

Status: Preparation

First Morrocan Project 3,000 ha71%
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icns_solutions_200px OUR WORK

Within the project we introduce different proven restoration techniques and where possible integrate them in existing projects and best practices. This diversity creates resilience. We have divided the area into 3 different zones. We will use different approaches and techniques per zone, including:

1. Tree planting

Tree planting assisted by elements de banquettes to increase water availability
for trees and reduce erosion. We will plant the following trees Acacia, Almond,
Carob, olive, and the Tamarix casuarina.

 

2. Create barriersCreate barriers from loose rocks to slow down the water, increase infiltration, capture fertile soil and seeds, plants such ascactus are planted for stability. Fruits from these plants can be harvested.

 

3. Overgrazing
Trees will be combined with controlled grazing to create a healthy mixture of vegetation and provide suitable grazing grounds.

 

4. Tree planting

Tree planting combined with rain fed crops. This will increase biodiversity above and below ground, reduce pest and diseases. Microbasins around trees. We will apply mulching and biochar to boost the tree growth.

5. Rocklines
We will remove rocks from cropland to create rock barriers to retain water and increase productivity of cropland.

 

6. Plough
We will use subsoil ploughs to increase infiltration and soil aeration to enhance microbiology, soil structuring and water retention.

 

7. Gullies
We will capture water from gullies which is currently flowing away unutilised and causing downstream flooding.. This water will be used for irrigation of fruit trees.

 

8. Reduce water techniquesOn existing irrigated farms we will introduce techniques to reduce water consumption and create more diverse and resilient vegetation.