Ecosystem Restoration Site Tour
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A Tour at the Project Site
This tour brings you to a recently established 40 hectare model sustainable farming project near the Hura Bedouin community. The project, a joint initiative of the New York based Sustainability Laboratories and the Hura Municipal Council, showcases implementation of holistic sustainability principles developed by The Lab.
Following four years of planning and capacity building, the last two years have seen intensive action on the ground, with watershed management, biosphere conservation and tree planting efforts transforming a piece of degraded wasteland into a lush, biodiverse and green oasis, that in the near future will also provide a sound economic base, job opportunities and income from organic livestock management, medical plants and health related products, eco-tourism, and further business opportunities in agriculture, and environmental education.
Panoramic site overview at view-point near the future visitor’s center
Importance of trees and watershed management
Waterfall–pool biodiversity reserve (no entrance, no disturbance allowed)
Olive grove, antique byzantine farm, recovering rocky shrubland – biodiversity hotspot and panoramic view
Stone-age site, loess and riverine biodiversity reserve
A short but ancient side valley is full of archaeological finds; now in part terraced for water harvesting and erosion control.
Dam and antique agriculture terraces, riverine biodiversity
Fig. 15: The variable topography and riverside vegetation nevertheless provide a diverse and dynamic sight throughout the year
Antique farm house
Riverine biodiversity reserve and soil conservation
Fig. 19: A manure covered patch (left) shows the maximal productivity, producing about 10 times more biomass than the control area shown to the right.
A Second Byzantine Farm
Fig. 22: Various medical plant species are already successfully cultivated at Wadi Attir project