There are many and various Sahara forest projects. This particular one is starting in a place in Morocco called Ait Attab, with a permaculture center, school and watershed project which will progress to a wider effort involving two national parks and a corridor between them. After the we will move east into the Sahara
As we progress, the local communities will experience directly the benefits of using permaculture principles, growing exponentially into something that will sweep across the desert with no further need for outside help. It will become unstoppable and all we’ll need to do is sit back in the shade of the plants on our rooftop terraces, listening to the music.
Our main differentiation is that we are using permaculture throughout the project. This has many advantages, but the main one is that the communities we touch don’t need to take on any more western value systems. They can if they want to , but it is not necessary for the success of the project.
The permaculture principles reflected throughout the design at all levels ensure no waste and no need for inputs or outputs once the design is completed. In this way, we will achieve far more with the same amount of funding, and hopefully inspire more permaculture in such projects elsewhere.