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Ambitious project to green the desert to begin in Jordan

January 20, 2011

An ambitious project that aims to turn arid desert land into a green oasis took a step closer to becoming reality last week when an agreement was signed on the rights to develop a pilot system in Jordan.

The Sahara Forest Project’s (SFP) first facility will be located on a 2,000,000 square meter (21,527,821 sq. ft.) plot of land in Aqaba, a coastal town in the south of Jordan where it will be a test bed for the use of a combination of technologies designed to enable the production of fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot, arid regions.

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Conceptual illustration of the Sahara Forest Project that will produce fresh water, electricity and food in the desert (Image: Sahara Forest Project Foundation / Screenergy)

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