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Tamrit

ALGERIA | Tuesday, 24 Mar 2009 | Views [1923]

That night we slept within a small stone shelter, a stones throw from the cypress tree, and the next morning we would venture through Tamrit, the 'Valley of the Cypresses' where there is a dense concentration of trees. It is cold here at night, ... Read more >

Tags: algeria, tamrit, tassili najjer, trees


A cypress in the Sahara

ALGERIA | Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | Views [2706]

Eventually I too could see the Cypress, a small dusty green dome poking above the monotonous blackened stone. From this distance it looked like small bush, the majority of its bulk nestled snugly in an old riverbed that had been eroded over the millennia ... Read more >

Tags: algeria, cypress, sahara, trees, trekking


Walking on the moon

ALGERIA | Tuesday, 3 Mar 2009 | Views [2698]

I am awoken by the natural light of the dawn to the sound of Ahled packing the donkeys with kit. Clanging saucepans, braying, hooves scuffing the ground. This is the first time I've seen my surroundings and I am awestruck by the sheer sided cliffs ... Read more >

Tags: algeria, rock art, tassili, trees, trekking, tuareg


At the foot of the Plateau

ALGERIA | Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | Views [839] | Comments [1]

There are trees in the middle of the Sahara, high up on the rugged Tassili N'ajjer Plateau. Not only that but they are reputed to be huge and, there are only 233 left in the wild. They are an IUCN critically endangered species, first seen by western ... Read more >

Tags: algeria, djanet, international tree foundation, sahara, trees, tuareg


Gallery: In search of the loneliest trees in the world

ALGERIA | Thursday, 19 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

Saharan Cypress
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Asbestos Mine

CYPRUS | Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 | Views [2192]

Today we visited the Amiantos Asbestos mine high up in the Toorodos Mountains, where the rainfall increases from about 470mm per year at sea level to 900 - 1m here, where snow is common in the winter. The mine was closed in the seventies due to the ... Read more >

Tags: amiantos, trees


Gallery: Cyprus

CYPRUS | Sunday, 12 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Running dry.

CYPRUS | Sunday, 12 Oct 2008 | Views [644]

Ive been here 3 days now, learning about tree planting in arid lands from Cypriot foresters. At the Forestry School here they teach Forestry to students from places such as Jordan, Egypt, Eithopia and Libya to name a just few. The school is internationally ... Read more >

Tags: kouris dam, trees


At the Alkalo's House

GAMBIA | Friday, 20 Jun 2008 | Views [922]

After our return from the river trip at MakaSutu, we heard the news that the head of the Juwara Family in Kartong had died. There are seven main families in Kartong and the Juwara are one of them. He would be buried the following day, which is when we ... Read more >

Tags: community forest, international tree foundation, trees


Up River

GAMBIA | Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | Views [837]

Yesterday we took a Pirogue up river through the dense mangroves to reach an area of high gallery forest. Despite being nearly 40 degrees on our trip up the river it was much cooler in here. Our guides, Alfa and Samba were excellent, being able to tell ... Read more >

Tags: forests, gambia, international tree foundation, kartong, trees


Kartong 12/6/08

GAMBIA | Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | Views [858]

The first rains arrived today, and it is a humid 28 degrees. We spent the day just outside Kartong yesterday talking to one of the Alaklo's (village elders) about the community forest and about what has happened in the last year. The firebrakes that ... Read more >

Tags: gambia, international tree foundation, kartong, trees


Kartong Community Forest

GAMBIA | Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | Views [754] | Comments [1]

After what seems like an age of planning, writing, phone calls and e-mails, today I finally set off for The Gambia. I've travelled there before, in 2005, overland from the UK in a beat up truck across Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal. Im ... Read more >

Tags: forest trees kartong, gambia, international tree foundation


Gallery: Kartong Community Forest

GAMBIA | Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery


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