Fanack, Land Life Company and UAWC take Dutch green innovation to Middle East
Dutch-based organization Fanack has
initiated a pilot to bring the innovative Cocoon planting technology, an award
winning innovation to establish trees in degraded soils from The Netherlands, to
West Bank and Gaza Strip. For this purpose, Fanack joined forces with Land Life
Company – inventor of the Cocoon – and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees
Three locations are being prepared
for planting, which will start in West Bank on 13 and 14 March this year. Olive
and almond trees will be planted using the
Cocoon in Wad Ben Saleh, Daheriy, and Wad AL-Reem, Saer. Guests from the
ministries, municipalities, universities and ecological and agricultural
organizations will join the ceremonies on the first day of planting.
Fanack, established in 2010 in
the Netherlands, as a platform for unbiased information for the Middle East and
North Africa, defines the main objective of the Cocoon-project as introducing knowledge
and innovative ideas to the region. In this way it aims to contribute to a
healthier environment and help increased agricultural production in regions
with degraded land and insufficient water sources, benefitting local residents.
All the land, work and
preparation for the Cocoon-project in West Bank and Gaza Strip are provided by
UAWC, which has extensive experience with agricultural projects in the area and
is committed to improving the vulnerable socio-political circumstances of
farmers and other inhabitants.
The unique Cocoon planting system
enables the successful planting of trees in degraded and arid soils with a
fraction of the water that is needed in traditional tree planting. It is a low
cost, water efficient, biodegradable product to plant trees sustainably and at
scale in the harshest environments on earth. The Cocoon disrupts current
practices in nature restoration by completely eliminating follow-up irrigation
and enhancing the survival rates of young seedlings to an average of 75-95%.
Fanack, Land Life Company and UAWC
are planning to realize more projects in the region in the near future.