Bani Hashem Hima: Combating Desertification

The Hima system is considered as the oldest grazing system in the world, which aims to protect dry lands from overgrazing practices.

Opening Ceremony Photo: IUCN ROWA

On Thursday 14th June 2012, under the patronage of H.E the Minister of Agriculture; The Bani Hashem Hima site was established. During a celebration that joint all project partners; the Ministry of Argriculture (MOA), the Arab Women Organization (AWO) and The Interantional Union for Conservation of Nature - Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN - ROWA), a Hima site of 100 Ha was established to aid in the rehabilitation and revival of indiginous plants in the Bani Hashem Villages.

The Area at 700m above sea level & is characterized by moderate winters and hot dry summers. The average rainfall is between 170 and 220 mm annually. The area is considered a marginal area based on the desertification criteria. The main objective of the Hima at this site is the natural rehabilitation of land and the revival of indigenous plants for marketing purposes such as Artemisia herba-alba, Achillea fragrantissima, Teucrium polium L.

As a result of joint community action and participation, a Hima Bani Hashem Special Agricultural Society was established under the patronage of The Ministry of Agriculture in June 2012 aiming to enhance the collective work of the special model on natural dryland restoration by local communities so as to improve income generation opportunities and combat desertification threaten our area.

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