We came to see an alternative land-use option. To learn how you can turn this into an area of perpetual productivity and an oasis for biodiversity.
|Cristophe explaining the design of one of their older lakes, this one five years old I think..|
Incredibly detailed planning went into the underwater design as well - shallow areas for reeds for fish breeding and other wildlife, a deep section in the middle to increase overall volume and to maintain some cold water sections, some "shelves" or terraces for various other biodiversity benefits.
At ground level they have planted thousands of trees. At first there are fruit, nut and other deciduous species, close to the water, followed by a terrace about 3 or 4 meters wide, then another band of trees, then another area of veg production.
|Nice to see that some beds were dedicated to seed production only. |
I haven't seen this kind of thing before - vegetables all allowed to go to seed
and get on with securing their reproduction
|7 years on, trees now well established creating their own micro-climate, |
all possible because of the water that is now retained for longer time by the dams.