The pilot study for the project will be carried out in the Shabia Oasis in Al Jufrah, which is made up of three main adjacent oases: Hun, Waddan and Sokna (extending over a radius of about thirty km from the centre of Waddan), and two oases south-east of the main area, Al Fugha and Zellah, about 200 km away.

The area lies about 400 km from the coast, in a region displaying marked sub-desert characteristics, where traditional agriculture and animal husbandry methods are still practised, and where date palm cultivation plays a significant role in the local economy and in domestic trade.

These oases, which can easily be accessed on paved roads open all year round, have preserved ecological characteristics typical for these autocatalytic ecosystems thanks to the joint cultivation of date palms and other species whose produce is used as food for both humans and animals (vegetables, forage, fruit, cereal) and to the fact that traditional irrigation, water conservation and distribution systems have survived. These systems are functional to a rural farming and animal raising economy in a sub-desert region. Historical map – Rainfall map – Caravan route map – Ethnic map – Population map – Orographic map Download the documentation on the project

Historical map Al Jufrah Rainfall map Al Jufrah Caravan route map Al Jufrah
Historical map Rainfall map Caravan route map
Ethnic map  Al Jufrah Population map Al Jufrah Orographic map Al Jufrah
Ethnic map Population map Orographic map