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    • 1. Ecosystem Restoration to Secure Water and Food in the Arid Areas in Jordan: Tal Remah Case study Mohammad Al-Oun (PhD) Raed Al-Tabini (PhD) National Centre for Research and Development Towards Supranational Mechanisms in Addressing the Challenges of Water Scarcity in WANA 22-24 February, 2011 Amman-Jordan
    • 2. Challenges:
      • Dry area
      • Water is rare
      • Food security is a concern
      • Sustainability of our ecosystem is threatened
    • 3.  
    • 4. Precipitation Map of Jordan
    • 5. Constraints for Food Security:
      • Degraded ecosystems
      • Arid lands with high salinity
      • Low productivity
      • Water is rare
      • High unemployment rate
      • Remote communities with little services
      • Livestock industry is mainly sheep
    • 6. Constraints related to Water:
      • Low rainfall (less than 200mm)
      • High Evaporation
      • Run-off (flash floods)
      • Biomass decline resulting from:
          • Overgrazing
          • Continues drought years
          • Soil erosion and mass movement
      • Resources degradation: habitat and eco-system are under threat such as caracal Gazelle and desert wolf and hyena etc..
    • 7.  
    • 8. There is a need to:
      • Conduct critical, rigorous and relevant research which will contribute to provide the policy makers with the appropriate recommendations to develop long-term national policies for better water use and economically efficient food production.
    • 9. ACHIEVING FOOD SECURITY APPROACH
      • Badia ecosystem including people
      FOOD SECURITY Community-based approach and using Hima Livestock Community Resources
    • 10.  
    • 11. Community-based approach and using Hima
      • Ecological restoration of the Badia ecosystem with full participation of the local communities:
      • Apply the Hima concept to restore, manage and monitor the ecosystem
      • Proper management and careful attention to the amount of water that flows off the targeted ecosystem.
    • 12. Community Participation The local community to be involved in projects from the starting point of problem definition, possible solutions, site selection, water harvesting techniques, and selection of plant species suitable to the area and the intended use by livestock owners
    • 13. Hima No fence …it is only Hima
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    • 15. Tall Remah Case Study
      • Sustainable, productive use of the range resources.
      • Better water management
      • Improved socio-economic conditions for livestock owners.
      • Enhanced local capacity to manage and preserve a productive ecosystem.
      • Increased biodiversity and stability of rangeland ecosystems.
      • Achieve food security
      FOOD SECURITY
    • 16. But first situation analysis: Baseline survey involving the local community
    • 17. Tall Rimah Area
      • Gently undulating with scattered hills
      • Arid climate
      • The annual rainfall less than 200 mm (Oct-March).
      • January: 13 ºC and 3 ºC,
      • August: 33 ºC and 17 ºC
    • 18. Productivity 3. 562 1124 61 12 0.21 34 68 135 12 0.24 39 78 20 11 0.14 22 44 396 10 164 26565 53130 506 9 26.76 4335.5 8671 847.63 8 127 20555 41110 847.63 7 20 3388 6776 857.75 6 49 7956.5 15913 486.65 5 116 18711.5 37423 319.31 4 38 6201 12402 63.47 3 7 1172 2344 74 2 32 5118.15 10236.3 447 1 Grazing Capacity for 3 Months Total Available Forage kg Total forage Site Total Area ha Site
    • 19. Methodology: Water Harvesting Techniques
      • Implemented different water harvesting techniques:
      • 1- Contour furrows
      • 2- V-Shape
      • 3- Crescent Shape
      • 4- Low rock wall
    • 20.  
    • 21. Land preparation and Design Implementation Micro water harvesting Plantation 62 05/06 109 04/05 104 03/04 163 02/03 Rainfall (mm) year
    • 22.
      • Atriplex nummularia
      • Atriplex halimus
      • Salsola Vermuclatea
      Methodology: Plant Species
    • 23.  
    • 24. Monitoring and Evaluation
      • Shrubs survival rate
      • Plant survey
      • Biomass Production of Shrubs
      • Evaluation of Water Harvesting Techniques
      • Precipitation Monitoring
      • Social Acceptance
      FOOD SECURITY
    • 25. RESULTS
      • Retention of Runoff and Storage of Soil Water for Plants:
      • Good indication of the effectiveness of the contour furrows and micros in retaining runoff
      • Contour furrows performed better than micros in terms of resistance to breaching by heavy accumulations of runoff.
    • 26.  
    • 27. Stability of Structures The crescent-shaped and chevron-shaped micros performed well after initial breaching was repaired. Forty percent of the structures were breaching during the first year.
    • 28. Survival Rate of Planted Shrubs Four years from planting the average survival rate for all three shrub species was 88 percent. This is classified as excellent result. The shrubs were adapted to the area, and the water harvesting techniques worked well in producing this result.
    • 29. Results and Indications
      • Recovery of species (from 21 to 54) during 4 years.
      • Recorded recovery of two important species (Crocus and Desert Iris). These species are very sensitive environmentally.
      • The current biomass production in the reserve is 0.5 Ton dry matter per Ha, compared to 0.02 Ton dry mater per Ha in the grazed zone.
      • Expectations: most probably there will be a higher rate in intensity, frequency and productivity in the next years.
      • This demonstration research will be an incentives for other communities to copy as an example.
    • 30. Biomass production of shrubs Kg dry matter (DM) Estimated Biomass from Year 2003 to 2006 Kg DM/ha 2006 2005 2004 2003 Water Harvesting Techniques Plant Species 395 345 196 23 Contour Furrows Atriplex halimus 260 279 186 15 Crescent Shape Atriplex halimus 332 258 133 15 V - Shape Atriplex halimus 329 294 172 18 Mean 452 370 245 24 Contour Furrows Atriplex nummularia 341 314 209 21 Crescent Shape Atriplex nummularia 319 306 151 24 V - Shape Atriplex nummularia 371 330 202 23 Mean 77 45 22 6 Contour Furrows Salaola vermuclatea 60 61 20 5 Crescent Shape Salaola vermuclatea 49 34 14 5 V - Shape Salaola vermuclatea 62 47 19 5 Mean
    • 31. Table 7: Natural forage from different plants growing in the site Year Natural Forage production (kg/ha) Inside Outside 2004 75 30 2005 27 3 2006 16 3
    • 32. Impact on Food Security
        • Improvement of the Ecosystem
        • Secure the required amount of water for the rehabilitation of the rangeland site.
        • Secure forage for livestock up to three months
        • Reduce production cost
        • Increase productivity- milk and meat (food security)
    • 33. Prepared By: Dr. R.Altabini, Eng. K. Alkhalidy, Eng. K. Alshrufat Printed By: Jordan Badia Research and Development Center First Year 2002-2003 Second Year 2003-2004 Third Year 2004-2005 Fourth Year 2005-2006
    • 34. Project Site: Tal Rimah Iris aucheri Crocus moabiticus
    • 35. Conclusions
      • Hima and water harvesting techniques (micro-catchments) are good tools to secure water and food security.
      • The project has been able to demonstrate to the government that, with the cooperation of the local Bedu population, securing water and food security in arid lands is possible.
      • Relation between research centres and implementing institutions needs to be modified.
      • It has also shown the necessity of urgently addressing the issues associated with free access to all areas of land, the effects of drought and the need for preparing drought contingency plans.
    • 36. Conclusions
      • It is important to disseminate information to all interested parties, including regional bodies.
      • Even with little rain, it is possible to secure water and food by ‘proper management and careful attention to the amount of water that flows off the targeted ecosystem’.
      • The main lessons learned were both technical and socio-economic and it is clear that they must be considered together in water and food security development programmes.
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    • 41. Thank You Acknowledgements: I wishes to thank the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the financial support it has provided this project. A special appreciation is extended to Jennifer Peterson, USDA, Khalid Al-Khalidi, BRDC, for their assistance and encouragement.

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