Be a Green Musketeer – reforest the world with us The Los Monegros Desert – San Mateo de Gallégo – Zaragoza – Spain We are in the Los Monegros Desert, where an extensive planting was carried out, by the Life+ “The Green Desert” Project. All the Waterboxxes are made of bio-plastic, with the camouflage sandy color, and will degrade over time. That is why they do not have the usual green-white colour combination, of the 10 times
reusable Waterboxx°. Here you see the degrading process of the biodegradable plastic Waterboxx from 2012 until 2017. The Municipality of San Mateo de Gallégo (Zaragoza), used the Groasis Technology to give water to this plantation. Thanks to the water that the Waterboxx supplies, the trees are growing healthy and strong, on a terrain that used to be barren. These pine trees (var. Pinus sylvestris) have been here, since 2011, they were just young saplings, and they have grown since then, with the sole aid of the biodegradable Waterboxx. In 2011 we started to work with the biodegradable Waterboxx, as a part of the European Life+ Project, to restore a desert area of our municipal territory. This project has surprised us with its results. We have obtained significant results, without having to supply water into that area. J.M. González A., mayor of San Mateo de Gallégo. It is a very complicated area. There is hardly rainfall during the year. It’s practically an extreme steppe desert zone. Adding 10 liters of water to the biodegradable Waterboxx, once only, during the 3 years that the project lasted. We achieved spectacular results, with no maintenance needed, except for weeding. The project finished, but we continued to keep this area, because it has turned into a small oasis, in the middle of the desert. Animal life has returned. In the past, there weren’t any animals, and now you can see rabbits, small birds, etc. The outcome has been important for us. Actually now, the Municipality is using the biodegradable Waterboxx, in other landscaping restoration projects, because it guarantees the survival of the plants, without having to carry out maintenance. This was the planting in 2012, when the plants had only been here for a year. The dryness of this terrain is clearly visible. Today, where used to be bare land, is transformed into a forest. It is incredible to see how vigorously these trees are growing. Most of these pine trees are over 2 meters tall. Other species were also planted in this area. Here we see a beautiful Holm oak (var. Quercus ilex) that has born fruit, like many other species in this planting. Having been impressed by the results, we head to other areas, where different species were planted, as a part of this project. The Robinia pseudoacacia is very interesting for the production of biomass, says Pieter Hoff, inventor of the Groasis Technology. They were planted in May of 2011. This is the result after one year. The early phase of the project had a survival rate of around 95%, and this area was planted in the Summer. Planting is usually done in Spring, but here we tested the biodegradable Waterboxx by planting in July, and the results have been significant, because the water that we added is enough for the first two or three years, thanks to the Groasis Technology. It was proved by different tests, that were carried out by technicians of the University of Valladolid, and technicians from our University of Zaragoza. For you, to understand, a nearby industrial estate, located at the entrance to the village, had to remove its drip irrigation, because it wasn’t cost-effective. On the other hand, this planting doesn’t need our attention, with the technology employed. Once the plant is viable, it follows its own growth cycle, taking into account the scarce rainfall. There are some trees, which haven’t had the biodegradable Waterboxx removed, and they have grown to great heights. In fact, there is an agronomical institute from Zaragoza, that comes up here periodically, to measure those plants, because the results are incredible for this area. It is a real challenge for the plants. The planting was done there, to test it under extreme circumstances. In fact I remember, that five more territories participated, in the Life+ Project, and the results were spectacular, with the best outcome here, in San Mateo. The final thesis of this European project can confirm this. On the back you see how barren the land is. On the front you can see the planting. With the Groasis Technology, we can make the Desert of Los Monegros green and fertile again. At incredible low costs.