Forests in the Desert

/// Posted December 7, 2017

The KKL-JNF has developed advanced techniques based on the agricultural methods the ancient residents of the Negev desert, the Nabateans, for harvesting floodwater and combating the processes of desertification. Limans are

earthen constructions in the desert, which utilise collected floodwater which has been dammed up in the gullies or deep channels formed by the water. The damming slows the flow of the accumulated runoff water, which then penetrates the soil. Small groves of trees can flourish in desert areas where the rainfall is less than 200 millimetres. The JNF has also established major forests in the desert including the Lahav and the Yatir forests.