Greening the Desert – The Sahara Forest Project
Around 33% of the earth’s total land surface is covered in desert. This land is considered unusable, arid and largely inhospitable. This may soon be about to change as an unlikely alliance between Jordan and Norway has created the Sahara Forest Project (SFP). The SFP is not a timid proposal: its aim is to create an oasis within the Sahara desert to become a source of food, water, and energy.
The proposal is to create a vast test site of 200,000 sq m, with the commitment of a further 2 million sq m if testing is successful. On this site they will develop a combined Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) system and Seawater Greenhouses. It is hoped that this injection of power generation and agricultural development will see the area turn from a dry desert into a flourishing, green, sustainable oasis.
This whole concept is only to be successful if it can become self sufficient in energy, and with an abundance of sunlight powering the entire site, including producing the fresh water from the salty sea water for the agriculture, this shouldn’t be a problem.