We CAN TURN the Sinai back into the lush Garden of Eden
The signature project and vision of The Weather Makers, is perhaps the most impactful project the world has ever seen. We have discovered that a greener and cooler Sinai can bring more moisture to the region, and can positively influence the larger weather systems that cause extreme weather around the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. But there’s more: regenerating an ecosystem of that scale will create a huge amount of social and economic benefits for local communities: increasing food, fresh water, jobs, peaceful lives and a sustainable future.
The Sinai project is our inspiration. All we engineer, research and develop is originated in the vision of the Sinai initiative
STATUS NOVEMBER 2021
Since 2017, several studies have been carried out to investigate the conceptual approach to regenerate the northern Sinai watershed. For explanation we can divide the research into three main fields:
– Coastal zone
– Terrestrial zone
– Atmospheric zone.
For the coastal zone we focused on regenerating the lagoon and wetlands of Lake Bardawil. The design is brought to a concept design level and peer reviewed by renown international experts, including Egyptian scientists. The design for the lake is prepared and presented on Presidential level and currently under negotiations. For the terrestrial zone research has focused on the potential for the re-use of sediments. The adopted methodology uses the fertile coastal sediments and sea water to grow aquatic food webs that naturally produce freshwater, grow biomass (trees, plants, etc.) and build liveable soils by recycling the available nutrients and reactivate the microbes in the sediments. With building soils, we mean that an optimal composition of soils can be obtained by dredging sediments from different predefined locations on the basis of soil investigation campaigns. The composition of these sediments can be improved by different dredging and mixing techniques, which then will be used as input to the process of natural fertilizing and biomass growth in dedicated facilities. For the atmospheric zone we have setup research with WETSUS institute. The role of evaporation within the watershed is investigated, eventually leading to understand how to efficiently regenerate the water cycle.
STATUS JULY 2022
In parallel with the above mentioned negotiations and research paths we are working on a communication campaign targeting the COP27. This UN climate change conference will this time be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, November 2022.