Social Forestry in Yemen
Jebel Lawz: Almond trees - flowering allready in January
Jebel Bura': Draceana ombet, a red-listed species.
Others as Anisotes trisulcus are increasingly widespread ... because they don't serve as fodder for the animals.
The need to produce food and fodder leaves to destruction of the few remaining forests, as they are converted to agricultural use - Bananas in this case.
Still - a lot of wood would be needed for house construction, as here in the Tihama.
Much more wood is used for cooking. Here a fuelwood-market on the Northern Highlands.
And the main point: WATER IS RARE! Ponds and open water, running all year round as here at Wadi Rigaf is extremely rare in Yemen.
In addition even soil is rare. I's difficult for plants to get sufficient water ...
The yemeni solution of this problem, determining the landscape, is: .
An other one of the traditional methods to save the precious water is mulching with gravel.
Still, in a few cases quite some care is taken for such poor trees.
At any rate - it takes a lot of enthusiasm in extension work. Here the forest director himself at work.
Access is often difficult. Especially after rains the roads may be tricky.
1998. Martin Herzog, Rheinfelden, Switzerland