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TolunaTeamZA

  28 months ago

Is a forest possible in the Sahara desert?
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Who said that one of the driest places in the world cannot grow forests? Egypt has proven that they can! In just 15 years, Egyptian scientists grew a 200-hectare forest from recycled sewage water.

This project uses recycled sewage water from a treatment plant from Ismailia, a north-eastern Egyptian city. The wastewater used to irrigate the forest is partially treated. According to Hossam Hammad, professor of agriculture at Ain Shams University, Cairo, “the wastewater is rich in phosphorus and nitrogen”, and therefore a great source of fertiliser.

Interestingly, in this forest in the middle of the desert, the combination of long periods of sunlight with wastewater fertilisers helps the plants and trees growing four times faster than they would grow in other corners of the world.

This forest comes with many benefits, not only for the environment but also for the population of Ismailia and surrounding cities. Environmentally speaking, the forests will help absorb CO2 and release oxygen, prevent desertification and reuse of natural resources.

For the population, the benefits lie in the creation of jobs and new sources of income, such as agriculture and exploitation of forest resources.

What do you think of this idea?

Is this initiative giving hope to drylands?

In Egypt, Sahara Desert covers about 96% of its area, and still they made to grow a forest. What is preventing other countries from following a similar lead?

What are the benefits of planting a forest in arid lands?

Share your thoughts with us!

Influence your world,

Toluna Team
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Bona929

  28 months ago
Any effort to better our world and humanity should meet positive human response, opinion and facts both hold close to man choices, our choices can effect all much longer than man can benefit in acumalated wealth. Grow a Forrest in the desert,
Oxygen levels rise and carbondioxed balance during the night, no imfringement on our worldly foot print we find no pleasures in the desert heat, now life and growth a new beginning... Hope reborn
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Ninalb5

  28 months ago
The world is a place of wonders and I believe anything is possible
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brennan

  28 months ago
Its not impossible
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T9648420y

  28 months ago
Yes everything is possible for people if they put their mind, effort and time towards what they want
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BevBenjamin

  28 months ago
The fact that Egypt has been able to sustain their crops every year with the help of the Nile River. Also there are also places in the desert call Oasis where trees and vegetation grow around a spring of water which comes up in the middle of nowhere.
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Ntombi22

  28 months ago
Nothing is impossible
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Busisiwea02

  28 months ago
This ia incredible i love the idea
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Richhhhhy

  28 months ago
It can be done.will work
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Tkay10

  28 months ago
it can be done but it requires determination
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sypher2608

  28 months ago
i am optimistic and feel that it can be done!
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