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We plant trees near Salalah in the southern province of Dhofar Oman
 
We plant trees near Salalah in the southern province of Dhofar Oman
This area was once green as it has 3 months of monsoon. Today the monsoon mist started
 
This area was once green as it has 3 months of monsoon. Today the monsoon mist started
But it also has 9 months of burning temperatures up to +45°C
 
But it also has 9 months of burning temperatures up to +45°C
Overgrazing by cows, camels and goats kills the plants leaving the soil unprotected and vulnerable for erosion
 
Overgrazing by cows, camels and goats kills the plants leaving the soil unprotected and vulnerable for erosion
The last surviving trees are cut to produce charcoal
 
The last surviving trees are cut to produce charcoal
This is what is left over of this once green tropical wood - a manmade desert
 
This is what is left over of this once green tropical wood - a manmade desert
Dhofar University from Salalah Oman wants to reforeest the area with economical and ecological interesting trees. Prof. Fouad Chedid leads the project
 
Dhofar University from Salalah Oman wants to reforeest the area with economical and ecological interesting trees. Prof. Fouad Chedid leads the project
On June 20 2012 - the start of the monsoon season - Pieter Hoff went there to instruct the workers how to plant with the Groasis Technology
 
On June 20 2012 - the start of the monsoon season - Pieter Hoff went there to instruct the workers how to plant with the Groasis Technology
They learn to assemble the Groasis waterbboxxes
 
They learn to assemble the Groasis waterbboxxes
Some childrren from the neighborhood show interest and want to help
 
Some childrren from the neighborhood show interest and want to help
We involve them in the instruction and they like it
 
We involve them in the instruction and they like it
We plant the Frankincense tree (latin name Boswellia sacra). This interesting tree is native and famous as a source for incense  production
 
We plant the Frankincense tree (latin name Boswellia sacra). This interesting tree is native and famous as a source for incense  production
Detail of 2-year old sapling of Frankincense tree (Boswellia sacra)
 
Detail of 2-year old sapling of Frankincense tree (Boswellia sacra)
The trees and Waterboxx plantcocoons® are ready to plant this is a historical day as the biodiversity restoration of Dhofar Province starts
 
The trees and Waterboxx plantcocoons® are ready to plant this is a historical day as the biodiversity restoration of Dhofar Province starts
The primary roots have been destroyed by the bottom of the plastic bag and grow horizontal instead of vertical
 
The primary roots have been destroyed by the bottom of the plastic bag and grow horizontal instead of vertical
Detail of destruction of primary root caused by the bottom of plastic bag
 
Detail of destruction of primary root caused by the bottom of plastic bag
All primary roots from this wrongly produced stock - capable of penetrating rocks if they are headed vertically downwards - grow horizontal
 
All primary roots from this wrongly produced stock - capable of penetrating rocks if they are headed vertically downwards - grow horizontal
We repair the primary roots through pruning the horizontal parts
 
We repair the primary roots through pruning the horizontal parts
The 2-year old plant is too big so no good balance between the evaporation of the leaves and the water 'drinking' capacity of the roots
 
The 2-year old plant is too big so no good balance between the evaporation of the leaves and the water 'drinking' capacity of the roots
We measure a lenght of thumb plus finger - is app 15 cm length -  to leave intact
 
We measure a lenght of thumb plus finger - is app 15 cm length -  to leave intact
We prune the rest of the stem off
 
We prune the rest of the stem off
We have remodelled the tree to an ideal shape with balance between root system capacity and evaporation quantity
 
We have remodelled the tree to an ideal shape with balance between root system capacity and evaporation quantity
The Frankincense tree is planted
 
The Frankincense tree is planted
The roots are planted 15 cm deep
 
The roots are planted 15 cm deep
Two trees are planted if one dies we still have one left
 
Two trees are planted if one dies we still have one left
The center opening of the Waterboxx plantcocoon® leaves possibility for evaporation from the soil so it is closed with an insulated cover
 
The center opening of the Waterboxx plantcocoon® leaves possibility for evaporation from the soil so it is closed with an insulated cover
The insulation board is covered with soil
 
The insulation board is covered with soil
We put soil around the Waterboxx plantcocoon® to prevent the wind from drying out the soil
 
We put soil around the Waterboxx plantcocoon® to prevent the wind from drying out the soil
Water is extremely scarse in this area we bring it by truck that is why the Groasis Technology is so interesting
 
Water is extremely scarse in this area we bring it by truck that is why the Groasis Technology is so interesting
Instead of eternal wateruse with drip irrigation the Groasis Technology uses only 50 liters at planting and then after the first year zero use
 
Instead of eternal wateruse with drip irrigation the Groasis Technology uses only 50 liters at planting and then after the first year zero use
These two trees are ready to grow we'vee put rocks to absorb the heat of the sun and cool down the soil
 
These two trees are ready to grow we'vee put rocks to absorb the heat of the sun and cool down the soil
This is a fenced area therefore some trees have survived and our trees will not be eaten by grazing animals since they are planted within
 
This is a fenced area therefore some trees have survived and our trees will not be eaten by grazing animals since they are planted within
Survey of planting place with fence in the background
 
Survey of planting place with fence in the background
Hopefully these Frankincense tree will lead to more income than the animals give this way protection will be no problem
 
Hopefully these Frankincense tree will lead to more income than the animals give this way protection will be no problem
Proud planter from India of the Groasis Technology near Salalah Dhofar Oman
 
Proud planter from India of the Groasis Technology near Salalah Dhofar Oman
When the young generation has a good income from these trees within 10 years, they will start to plant more
 
When the young generation has a good income from these trees within 10 years, they will start to plant more
LtoR Mr. Clive Winbows manager of Ample Harvest Oman Groasis distributor Mr. Salah Ajeeb producer of the plants and Mr. Ahmed Musallem Ghawas, Range Resources Head-Division
 
LtoR Mr. Clive Winbows manager of Ample Harvest Oman Groasis distributor Mr. Salah Ajeeb producer of the plants and Mr. Ahmed Musallem Ghawas, Range Resources Head-Division
Some crew members of the Groasis planting team
 
Some crew members of the Groasis planting team
The Groasis planting team near Salalah Dhofar Oman welcomes you to come and visit the planting place
 
The Groasis planting team near Salalah Dhofar Oman welcomes you to come and visit the planting place
Pieter Hoff confident that the planting will be a success
 
Pieter Hoff confident that the planting will be a success
Pieter Hoff's dream is to cause the reforestation of 2 billion hectares of manmade deserts
 
Pieter Hoff's dream is to cause the reforestation of 2 billion hectares of manmade deserts
Once the whole coastal area of Dhofar province was covered with these beautiful Ficus vasta
 
Once the whole coastal area of Dhofar province was covered with these beautiful Ficus vasta
Detail of Ficus vasta (common local name Teek) (English common name Fig tree)
 
Detail of Ficus vasta (common local name Teek) (English common name Fig tree)
We hope that this tree will grow to a tree so beautiful that people will make a photo of it
 
We hope that this tree will grow to a tree so beautiful that people will make a photo of it
The extreme beauty of a lonely Teek or Fig tree in the middle of the manmade desert of Dhofar province
 
The extreme beauty of a lonely Teek or Fig tree in the middle of the manmade desert of Dhofar province
 
 
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