Category: erosion

VETIVER GRASS: AN EXCITING TECHNOLOGY FOR TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS WORLD-WIDE

Jeremy Berkoff is a development economist with more than forty years experience in consultancy, government and international agencies. His specialities are water resources and agriculture. For eighteen years he worked for the World Bank. Since 1994, he has been an independent…

Results of the iNaturalist Vetiver System Project Competition

In January 2021, The Vetiver Network International (TVNI, www.vetiver.org) set up a Vetiver System community project on the iNaturalist website, a social network to help map and share observations of species around the world.  Although its core focus is on…

The Vetiver System can provide a low-cost solution for shallow landslide mitigation.

  The most recent (February 2022) devasting landslides in and around the City of Petropolis (located in Brazil’s state of Rio de Janeiro), are not new to the region, but the frequency and severity appears to be increasing due to…

The Vetiver System – its Research and Development in China

This book, first published in 2003 by Liyu Xu and his China Vetiver Network colleagues, is now issued as a second edition, following editing by Liyu Xu and Paul Truong. The book with photos, remains a very useful account of the…

Vetiver Cold Tolerance Trials

Vetiver is known for its versatility and tolerance to a wide variety of environmental conditions including drought, flooding, fire, poor soil, salt, and contaminants, making it a great choice for bioengineering applications in many areas of the world.  As a…

The Vetiver Education & Empowerment Project (VEEP) Model. 

For those who understand and have witnessed the significant benefits and impact of Vetiver System (VS) applications, are often perplexed that the technology is still unknown by many potential users despite global promotion efforts. Degradation of soil and water is…

Vetiver Roots – The Hidden Half.

  This new book by Dr. Paul Truong provides a wealth of information on the function and unique role of the roots of vetiver grass that allow for a wide range of environmental mitigation. Paul Truong, TVNI’s Technical Director, has…

“RIDGE TO REEF – A CRITICAL ROLE FOR VETIVER GRASS” – A QUICK FIX?

The tropical island watershed conservation “Ridge to Reef” concept is a popular strategy for reducing soil erosion and sediment/pollutant movement from the upper watersheds to populated coastal areas and in-shore waters. Ridge to Reef programs could be accelerated and be…