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Greening the desert: the architect regenerating Jordan’s native forests

Walking along a path in Jordan’s Birgish forest, one of the very few remaining patches of woodland in one of the world’s driest countries, Deema Assaf is careful not to step on any of the delicate wild orchids.

Deforestation and the climate crisis have left the desert nation with just 1% tree cover. But Assaf, an architect, believes that with time, patience and new conservation techniques she can help turn it green again.

Planting seedlings as part of the Tayyun rewilding project in Jordan. Photograph: Courtesy of Tayyun Research Studio

Lees meer: Door: Rawan Baybars in Amman, 09-03-2023 Afbeelding: Courtesy of Tayyun Research Studio

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