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Bryan Matthews
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There is a project called just diggit going on in Kenya at the moment. see there website here: Action plan
It basicly makes use of swaling techniques, but on a very rough scale(they are planning to swale 20.000 square kilometres). As it seems part of there test sites seem to work very fine. Wondering if anyone here has seen a project like this(besides the Löss plateau, Jordany, other know Greening the Desert sites) which is more based on getting the rainfall back?

Everything is possible, so even getting snow permanently back on mt. Kilimanjaro should be possible. And if it works in ten years or so. Would this speed up the Greening the Desert idea? Getting all deserts back to green, lush, wild life inhabited, self sustaining forests? Offcourse it does not work if you have a desert with no rainfall at all. Or mountains that deflect the rainclouds. You need a starting point somewhere. Here is a short explanation from the site:
By digging 266 km of ditches in Kenya at strategic locations and thereby restoring the short water cycle, a chain reaction ultimately results in the greenification of an area 20,000 km2 in size. Kenya is the point of departure from which to greenify the rest of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and, ultimately the entire world.

Seeing initiatives like this pop up gives me hope, that the world can change. In a greener way. After seeing Greening the Desert and more footage from people like geoff lawton, sepp holzer, John D. Liu, Bill Mollison and more. That hope turned to some sort of believe, that the world is changing.

 
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My home state could use a similar project. The D4 drought conditions, desertification of the land, massive top soil loss and erosion from unnaturally heavy rains, farmers having to sell water rights to fracking companies to feed their families. I would say the southwest is not all that different than Kenya. I'll keep the general project in mind and see if one day it can be implemented.
 
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Brett Andrzejewski wrote:My home state could use a similar project. The D4 drought conditions, desertification of the land, massive top soil loss and erosion from unnaturally heavy rains, farmers having to sell water rights to fracking companies to feed their families. I would say the southwest is not all that different than Kenya. I'll keep the general project in mind and see if one day it can be implemented.


Be sure to keep it in mind. Or be bolder and just contact the people from either justdiggit or their Naga Foundation. In my experience they are more than ready to share information. Also they want to get more projects going around the world. Their opinion is that about 43% of the earth is desert, which can be greened.

Edit: Just checked out your website www.highdesertresiliency.com good ideas to get things going on a small social scale, is there any topic on this forum about your social interactions?
 
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There is not a forum post on my social interactions. At the moment I am working pretty small scale and leading by example. Thus, far my interactions have been with neighbors, friends, local farmers, environmental groups and sustainability groups. It is pretty small scale at the moment (me and whomever volunteers to help with the next project) and I am still deciding if I should pursue grant money, obtaining a traditional job and share the knowledge on the side, or find some source of crowd source funding.
 
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