The Indigenous Vegetable Initiative involves the cultivation of a variety of authentic, indigenous desert vegetables, in order to preserve and document traditional Bedouin vegetable cultivation techniques and contribute to better nutrition within the community. A women-led training program helps spread the cultivation of indigenous vegetables on family-managed plots.
The Medicinal Plants Initiative preserves, documents, and showcases traditional Bedouin knowledge in natural healing remedies and body care utilizing desert herbs. It is currently establishing a high-quality brand of healing and cosmetic products, including creams, soaps, infusion teas and essential oils.
The Herding and Dairy Initiative demonstrates a modern, economically-viable model for animal husbandry that is consistent with traditional practice. It produces a variety of high-quality cheeses, and will soon utilize the full range of herding byproducts, including dairy products, bio-gas fuel, manure for fertilizer, and wool for weaving and crafts.
The Visitor, Training and Education Center is designed to serve as an important eco-tourism destination, providing a source of income, while introducing visitors to Bedouin society, tradition and culture. The center also provides technical training for surrounding communities, acting as a source of ongoing empowerment, and it functions as a significant regional research and education center, serving primary and high schools from around the Negev.
The project’s Ecosystem Restoration Initiative incorporates an extensive soil enhancement, water retention and biodiversity enrichment agenda, demonstrating a process for combatting desertification.
Project Wadi Attir’s solar energy system is being developed in collaboration with the Israeli startup AugWind. The system offers a novel technology incorporating wind and solar energy generation as well as storage.
Project Wadi Attir’s bio-gas facility will convert manure from the animal pens to bio-gas, for use in the project’s kitchen and to demonstrate viable options for domestic energy needs.
Wastewater from the Visitor’s Center, the kitchen and the restaurant will be treated in an open-air biological system. Sewage will be treated by a separate constructed wetland and used for the irrigation of landscaping around the buildings on the site.
Solid organic waste from animal pens and agricultural plots will be used in the production of compost. The latter will be used to fertilize grazing and plant growing areas. Surplus will be packaged and offered for sale.
The Irrigation System at Project Wadi Attir employs state-of-the-art drip irrigation technology, developed in collaboration with Netafim, a world leader in the field. Two separate water delivery systems–one for freshwater and the other for treated wastewater–serve the site.
The buildings on site are designed according to “green building” guidelines incorporating appropriate technologies for energy conservation, passive heating and cooling, natural lighting and the use of energy efficient appliances.
The project site is supported by an integrated infrastructure of green technologies. It includes a pioneering hybrid wind/solar energy system, a state-of-the-art irrigation system, a bio-gas production system, a wastewater treatment system, and a compositing facility.