Category: erosion

Shrinking Threat to Global Food Supplies

All of you who work with the Vetiver System should read today’s article (published by the Guardian newspaper) written by Lester Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute, titled “The real threat to our future is peak water”  http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jul/06/water-supplies-shrinking-threat-to-food http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jul/06/water-supplies-shrinking-threat-to-food In summary world wide…

More on Vetiver and Soil and Water Conservation

Francis Shaxson, a well know British soil conservationist, once said that one needed a process of “stealth” to get small farmers to use soil conservation practices. You will have sensed, in some of my previous posts on the subject of…

Why Vetiver System is effective for steep slope stabilization – GEOTROPISM

Geotropism of vetiver (P.K.Yoon) Paul Truong, Technical Director of TVNI brings us this amazing photo gallery of VS demonstrating extreme slope stabilization from Africa, Asia and and South America. The presentation “Geotropism of Vetiver” is compelling.  It starts with work by Dr….

1ST PHILIPPINE CONFERENCE ON VETIVER, MARCH 5-7, 2014 AT THE GRAND BALLROOM OF THE INTERCONTINENTAL MANILA. — THE VETIVER SYSTEM AND ITS MANY ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS

International experts from The Vetiver Network International (TVNI) led by Dr. Paul Truong,  together with local end-users will share their knowledge on  the economic value and numerous applications of the Vetiver System that are responsive to environmental mitigation needs over…

Flood control, groundwater recharge and erosion control. The Vetiver System can mitigate all three at the same time.

The Guardian has an interesting article by George Monblot titled “Drowning in Money: the untold story of crazy public spending that makes flooding inevitable”. In summary he links the huge amount of money that is spent in the United Kingdom on…

Establishing Native Vegetation for Soil Stabilization in Semi-Arid Areas in South Africa, Ethiopia and Madagascar.

An excellent presentation by Roley Noffke of Hydromulch – Africa’s leading land restoration company. “As a pioneer species, vetiver grass, enables native species to establish on degraded sites where under normal circumstances it is impossible for the latter to develop. Vetiver grass provides habitat, shelter and…

Vetiver Bioengineering in Venezuela

Reviewing the papers and presentations delivered at the October 2013 Vetiver Conference in Colombia there is one on Bioengineering in tropical Venezuela that should be read. (Non Spanish readers should use Google translate or just look at the presentation). The paper and presentation were…