IOBB welcomes you to join the Internet Seminar on 09-29 Oct 2006 on
"Rehabilitation of degraded wastelands through vegetative measures"
by Mr. Sahibzada Irfanullah (Natural Resource Management Coordinator,
Farm Forestry Support Project, Pakistan).
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The Farm Forestry Support Project of the Intercooperation and SDC is working
in southern dry belt of North West Frontier Province of Pakistan to promote
innovative farm forestry practices for the benefit of rural poor farmers. As
one of its endeavors, the project initiated rehabilitation work in extreme
dry region of Karak using the silvo-pastoral system to increase productivity
of the area with minimum cost. The system included plantation and sowing of
fast growing multipurpose trees, shrubs and grasses simultaneously. To
overcome the shortage of water, rain water harvesting techniques were
implied to ensure maximum availability of water for plant growth. The
activity was carried out with full participation of civil society
organizations and farmers associations.
The results after two years showed a profuse plant growth in terms of
grasses and shrubs that were being utilized by the owning farmers for fodder
and fuel wood purposes. The tree seedlings were not yet of the productive
age as they required 4-6 years to reach harvestable size. Due to maximum
moisture conservation by the water harvesting techniques, profuse growth of
natural grasses was achieved. The activity also resulted in recharge of
ground water table by retaining water and increasing rate of infiltration.
This contributed to the rejuvenation of downstream springs and wells.