Greening the desert with rocks and better water management → towards agroforestry

Al Baydha: A Regenerative Agriculture in the Saudi Desert. قصة مشروع البيضاء

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The final update from Al Baydha Project Co-founder Neal Spackman, 9 years in. How desertification resulted from the loss of an indigenous land management system, and how the land has changed since all inputs to the project were ceased in 2016. Neal moved on from Al Baydha in 2018 and can now be contacted at

The species that worked the best for us were Ziziphus Spinachristi, Moringa Peregrina, commiphora gileadensis, prosopis spp (though this one we likely won't continue planting in the future), and the local acacias. Music by Faisal Alawi, and by Olafur Arnalds (performed by Voces 8). معلومات عن نتائج مشروع البيضاء و الزراعة المستدامة التي اسست في جبال ٥٠ كيلومتر جنوب مكه المكرمة موسيقة: فيصل علوي و الفور ارنالدز