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UNFCCC: Women-led fog harvesting for a resilient, sustainable ecosystem | Morocco

While they have lived for centuries on rain and well-water, today the people of Ait Baamrane, on the edge of the Sahara Desert, rely only sporadically on this groundwater because it is no longer being replenished due to intense droughts. This is making life in this region increasingly difficult.

Dar Si Hmad, a women-led NGO in Morocco, designed and installed what is now the world’s largest operational fogwater harvesting system. It is an innovative solution to persistent water stress where fog is abundant, a technique inspired from ancient water practices. The Dar Si Hmad project provides accessible potable water to more than 400 people in five villages, most of them women and children…


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Le Mag: Ecological Project in Moroccan Sahara Wins 2016 UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award

The Dar Si Hmad project provides accessible potable water to more than 400 people in five villages, most of them women and children, the source said in a press release.

Dar Si Hmad, a women-led NGO in Morocco, designed and installed what is now the world’s largest operational fogwater harvesting system, the UNFCCC pointed out…


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Climate Action: UN awards Moroccan fog-water harvesting project

A Moroccan fog-harvesting project was awarded a UN Climate Change prize yesterday in Bonn, Germany.

The system, developed and installed by Morocco based NGO Dar Si Hmad, is said to be the largest fog-water harvesting system in the world.

Thanks to the project, more than 400 people from isolated villages on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco have access to running water.

This has been of enormous value to the village women who used to spend more than three hours a day walking to fetch water from far-away wells…


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The North Africa Post : Morocco’s Fog Harvesting project wins UN Momentum for Change Award

A Moroccan fog water collection project won the 2016 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Momentum for Change Award, local media reported.

The fog harvesting project was initiated by Dar Si Hmad, a woman-led NGO, as a solution to water scarcity in some of the most isolated, rural communities in the Anti-Atlas mountain range.

Dar Si Hmad designed and installed what is now “the world’s largest operational fog water harvesting system”, the UNFCCC said in a statement…


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Morocco World News: Moroccan Fog-Water Harvesting Project Wins United Nations Award

New York – The United Nations has awarded on Thursday in Bonn (Germany) a climate change prize to a Moroccan fog-water harvesting project, considered to be The world’s largest operational fog-water harvesting system.

On the edge of Morocco’s Sahara Desert, more than 400 people from five villages will have running water in their homes…


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Tribune : Moroccan villagers harvest fog for water supply

Green technology to turn fog into fresh water straight from the tap has put an end to exhausting daily treks to distant wells by village women in southwest Morocco.

Families in five highland Berber communities have begun to benefit from “fog harvesting”, a technique devised in Chile two decades ago and since taken up in countries from Peru to Namibia and South Africa…


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New Yorker: Could harvesting fog help solve the world’s water crisis ?

“There are few places where life is so harsh,” Pablo Neruda wrote, describing his native Chile’s Atacama Desert. “It takes untold sacrifices to transport water there, to nurse a plant that yields even the humblest flower, to raise a dog, a rabbit, a pig.”

The Atacama is famously dry, receiving, in some areas, only a few hundredths of an inch of rain per year. In order to subsist in this environment, indigenous animal species such as the guanaco—a wild relative of the llama—have developed a range of innovative strategies. When the great banks of sea fog known as the camanchacas sweep in off the Pacific Ocean, for example, the guanaco drink, very gingerly, the resulting condensation from the spines and flowers of the Echinopsis deserticola cactus. It is a remarkable act of survival in an inhospitable landscape…


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Dar Si Hmad wins UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award

Thirteen game-changing initiatives from around the world were announced today as winners of the UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change climate change award.

Winning activities include:

  • A Google-led project that could catalyse the rooftop solar market for millions of people across the United States
  • An ingenious net that harvests fog from the air to provide drinking water for people on the edge of Morocco’s Sahara Desert
  • North America’s first revenue-neutral tax that puts a price on carbon pollution
  • A project that has established the first women-specific standard to measure and monetize women’s empowerment benefits of climate action

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The National: Moroccans harvest fog for water, ending four-hour daily treks to wells

SIDI IFNI, MOROCCO // Villagers in Morocco’s south-west mountains have turned to “fog harvesting”, a green technology that transforms fog into fresh water straight from the tap and puts an end to exhausting daily treks to distant wells by local woman.

Families in five highland Berber communities have begun to benefit from this water collection technique, which was devised in Chile two decades ago and has since been taken up in countries from Peru to Namibia and South Africa.

On the summit of a mountain named Boutmezguida, which looms over the villages at 1,225 metres, thick fog shrouds about 40 finely meshed panels designed to trap water and relay it to a network of pipes…


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