Deserts are often so dry and barren that little to nothing can grow in them. Well, for a few years now, a team of scientists have been making the impossible possible by not just growing a few flowers in the sandy grounds of the Egyptian desert but more than 20 mini-forest plantations.
Bringing life into inhospitable terrain, the idea dates back to 1998. The Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture collaborated to implement the "National Programme for the Safe Use of Treated Sewage Water for Afforestation" according to the official management plan of the Serapium Forest Plantation, which is near Ismaileya (about two hours away from Cairo).
Read the full article by Sara Ahmed via Cairoscene.
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