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Cocoon Planting Technology: Pilot Project in the West Bank, Palestine

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Photo 1: A view of An Olive farm , Saer, Hebron, West bank.

The COCOON Pilot Project in the West Bank

13 March, 2017

The day started with the opening ceremony. This was held in al-Dahriya Youth and Sports Centre and attended by different parties, including municipal and government representatives, local farmers and print and broadcast media.

In the early afternoon, the participants went to the first planting site in Wad Ben Saleh, al-Dahriya. The area is flat, with a very limited supply of water.

The LLC team trained the participants to use the COCOON technology before the planting started. By the end of the day, 36 olive trees had been planted.

14 March, 2017

Fanack, LLC and the UAWC teams moved to the second planting site in Wad al-Reem, Saer. The site is in a steep, mountainous area. The area is remote and not connected to a water supply system. In addition, the average rainfall is very low at around 200mm per year. Traditional planting in this area is difficult, since the soil cannot capture run-off, which flows down to the valley. However, the COCOON technology helps the soil to retain the run-off by creating a small water reservoir around each tree.

As on the previous day, the LLC team trained the participants to use the technology before almond and olive trees were planted.

Future Cooperation Possibilities

In the second phase of the pilot project, olive trees will be planted in Khan Yunis, Gaza. Fanack, LLC and the UAWC are planning to initiate additional projects in the near future.