fotografías españoles - A photo series of a plantation of the Gunda Tree in the desert near the city of Barmer in Rajasthan India

Houses in the desert of Rajasthan India near the city of Barmer
 
Houses in the desert of Rajasthan India near the city of Barmer
We plant an experiment in the desert together with the BAIF Research Institute
 
We plant an experiment in the desert together with the BAIF Research Institute
We need water to plant there is a well close by
 
We need water to plant there is a well close by
The whole village takes water from the well
 
The whole village takes water from the well
The women carry the water in stainless steel jars to their homes
 
The women carry the water in stainless steel jars to their homes
As women do not work with the men, a little boy brings the water to us
 
As women do not work with the men, a little boy brings the water to us
We first put 40 liters in the 20 cm deep planting hole to create a humid capillary column
 
We first put 40 liters in the 20 cm deep planting hole to create a humid capillary column
The water drains quickly into the soil and compacts the loose sand around the roots of the sapling
 
The water drains quickly into the soil and compacts the loose sand around the roots of the sapling
The sapling is pruned in order to prevent evaporation through the leaves before he has developed its root system again
 
The sapling is pruned in order to prevent evaporation through the leaves before he has developed its root system again
We wait half an hour before all the water is gone
 
We wait half an hour before all the water is gone
Then we add the carton board and put a little \'hill-like\' sand on top so when we add water through the middle opening it can close the gap between box and soil
 
Then we add the carton board and put a little 'hill-like' sand on top so when we add water through the middle opening it can close the gap between box and soil
If we don\'t do this many times there is an opening between box and soil resulting in ventilation and drying of the wick
 
If we don't do this many times there is an opening between box and soil resulting in ventilation and drying of the wick
Pieter Hoff explains the need of the \'hill-like\' pile of sand
 
Pieter Hoff explains the need of the 'hill-like' pile of sand
Then the Groasis waterboxx is carefully placed over the sapling common name Gunda tree (Cordia dichotoma)
 
Then the Groasis waterboxx is carefully placed over the sapling common name Gunda tree (Cordia dichotoma)
It is known that Cordia dichotoma can live in areas without rain but they need help to get their roots deep
 
It is known that Cordia dichotoma can live in areas without rain but they need help to get their roots deep
Competing grass fighting for the same water
 
Competing grass fighting for the same water
The grassroots absorb the wick and drink all the water resulting in that the trees dies
 
The grassroots absorb the wick and drink all the water resulting in that the trees dies
So we take all the grass out in a circle of 50 cm width around the waterboxx
 
So we take all the grass out in a circle of 50 cm width around the waterboxx
The loose soil also locks up the capillary water in the soil
 
The loose soil also locks up the capillary water in the soil
We add 4 liters (one gallon) of water indirectly in the center opening this way we will not wash out the roots
 
We add 4 liters (one gallon) of water indirectly in the center opening this way we will not wash out the roots
Then we add 16 liters in the Groasis waterboxx mostly this is enough but with extreme circumstances one refill in a year may be expected
 
Then we add 16 liters in the Groasis waterboxx mostly this is enough but with extreme circumstances one refill in a year may be expected
Beautiful caracteristic cows enjoy the shade of trees near Barmer in Rajasthan
 
Beautiful caracteristic cows enjoy the shade of trees near Barmer in Rajasthan
The team of researchers of  BAIF and Jan Lindeman from The Netherlands greet you
 
The team of researchers of  BAIF and Jan Lindeman from The Netherlands greet you
 
 
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