Posted by: tiffanytononi | January 7, 2010

Students Help Plant Hundreds of Trees in the Sharhabil bin Hassneh EcoPark and FoEME Breaks Ground on New Eco-Building Project

The first week of the New Year proved to be a busy time for FoEME’s Sharhabil bin Hassneh EcoPark located in the northern part of the Jordan Valley in the Tabket Fahel (Pella) community.

From January 3 through January 7, over two hundred saplings were planted throughout the EcoPark with the help of FoEME staff, Jordan Valley Authority rangers, and dozens of students from the nearby community of Sheikh Hussein. Prior to FoEME acquiring the land of the EcoPark in 2005, the land was suffering from overgrazing, lack of irrigation, and erosion.

Planting now takes place annually, often in early January in an effort to take advantage of Jordan’s brief but fruitful rainy season, to help rehabilitate the land. Enthusiastic participation by the students of Sheikh Hussein has been particularly helpful for the development of the EcoPark as these students have helped plant trees and bushes now numbering in the thousands. Planting will continue through the week of January 17, culminating in a large ceremony on Wednesday, January 20.

In addition to the planting which happened all week, January 6 marked the beginning of a new and exciting project for the EcoPark. Taking cues from the December “Eco-Builder Workshop” held at Kibbutz Lotan in Israel’s Arava desert, FoEME broke ground on an amphitheatre that will reflect the mud building activities learned in Lotan. Hopefully the first of many mud building projects, this amphitheatre will eventually be shaded by a geodesic dome and used for presentations and workshops in the EcoPark.

The rehabilitation and development of the Sharhabil bin Hassneh EcoPark is an extension of FoEME’s “Neighbors Paths” project which seeks to provide healthy and sustainable open spaces for local communities. Click here for more information on the EcoPark.

This post was written by FoEME intern Tiffany Tononi. Tiffany is based in FoEME’s Amman office. Photo Credit: Tiffany Tononi



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