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Morocco`s oasis and agricultural land are being lost

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Published: 23:24, 15 January 2021   Update: 22:07, 16 January 2021
Morocco`s oasis and agricultural land are being lost

While climate change is still a theoretical debate for many, the survival of some people depends on it. People in the region of Morocco are quickly beginning to feel the effects of the crisis.

Halim Sabai grew up in the south of Morocco He wants to show the effects of climate change on the desert The oasis falls on the way to him, but he has nothing special left.

With an acquaintance, he wants to cut down a dead palm tree and collect wood to make furniture Because, there are no dates in the tree for a long time The plants can no longer survive in the sand Halim said, "It is as if we are honoring this date tree for the last time." It is actually a graveyard All that's left is a tree."

This oasis is sinking in the sand of the desert The heat has been rising for several years, the rainfall has been declining Sandstorms are also seen more frequently Halim's father used to bury trees there and sell dates to earn a good living "Why is there a graveyard here?" Said Halim. The answer is very simple Lack of water 6 Climate change is causing this shortage, and deserts are growing."

A small part of the oasis still remains in the village of Mohammed El Gizlan on the edge of the Sahara Desert. It is still possible to cultivate a small piece of land As a farmer, Lahabib Bahadur has a small vegetable farm The 61-year-old Lahabib has 11 children Most of them have left the region He does not know how long it will take to eat. Although he has his own well, he has to dig deeper for water Lahabib thinks that the younger generation has to find work elsewhere Only the older generation survives here

The sand hills have come forward near the vegetable fields A handful of date palms still remind me of the oasis At present only about seven thousand people are living in the village Most of the people have left the village.

Halim Sabai has a small cafe He also works as a tourist guide The effects of climate change on his hometown overwhelmed him Chemist Mariam Tanarte is studying the subject at the University of Casablanca Experiments have shown that temperatures in northern Africa will double compared to the rest of the world "Especially in the summer, the desert climate will get warmer," she said. If all goes well, temperatures will rise by two to three degrees by 2050."

In the last 100 years, about two-thirds of Morocco's oasis has disappeared Halim and other farmers are planting shrubs and trees to cope with the expansion of the desert. An organic plastic tub called Waterbox, made in the Netherlands is expected to help. Seedlings are planted in it and buried in the ground Then you have to pour a lot of water in the water box.

The well-being of its own natural water tank for a few months increases the chances of the tree surviving Efforts are being made to sustain the last fertile fields of the Sahara by using trees and shrubs as shields. According to Halim Sabai, "this is an omen for the world After a while there will be nothing left ৷ The desert will quickly engulf our oasis."

Near the village is the largest desert in Morocco, Erg Chegega, he place is very popular with tourists Huge dunes are carrying warnings Because they are growing forcelessly. The desert is consuming the land of Halim and others.