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How a Namib desert beetle inspired a Sahara re-vegetate project

The Sahara Forest Project is an incredible project that aims to provide fresh food, water, and renewable energy in the hot and other regions. It also aims to re-vegetate the areas of the uninhabited desert! Using some of the most technologically forward methods, the pilot project is located located in Qatar, followed by the same in Jordan and Tunisia.

With the aim of saving the environment while practicing the art of building lives, the Sahara Forest Project is certainly ambitious. The Sahara Project Foundation is aiming to take advantage of the resources available on the planet to compensate for the scarcity. As mentioned previously, the aim is to rehabilitate the uninhabited desert by transforming it into a sustainable albeit profitable source of food, water, energy, and vegetation. While the model has been tested in several places, it has already been implemented in Qatar, Jordan, and Tunisia.

For those who aren’t aware, the model of this research project is based on the inspiration drawn from the Namib Desert Beetle according to Never Enough Architecture. Yes, for those who aren’t aware, this insect has learned that when it’s foggy in the desert, it ends up climbing up the dune and stands on its head while lifting its body to wait until the water droplets that have been collected on its back, roll down to its mouth. Following similar principles, the project has combined the method used by the Namib Desert Beetle and the traditional fog collection system.

They use Seawater Greenhouse Technology, which allows them to use evaporated seawater to humidify the air, thereby, making it ideal for plant growth. After this, it is condensed with the help of cardboard panels, which help them to produce freshwater for irrigation. Not to mention, the greenhouse isn’t the only thing that is affected by the cool, humid air, even the surrounding area, which might end up creating an oasis condition.


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