Category: erosion

Vetiver and the Pacific Islands – Fiji

From the Google Earth images, it is sad to see areas that were once protected by vetiver hedges in Fiji, now devoid of a lot of those hedges. It’s a case of familiarity breeding contempt. The young farmers and extension…

The Vital Importance of Soil and Water Conservation In the Tropics.

Famines in Ethiopia, Sudan and Rwanda. Floods in Bangladesh, Brazil and China. Mudslides in Central America, the Philippines, Peru and California. Toxic leachate from mine dumps poisoning water tables. Effluent from garbage dumps, landfills, feedlots and farms polluting the groundwater,…

Vetiver Activities in North Africa and the Mediterranean

The Vetiver Network International has four directors responsible for activities in different regions of the world. Here follows a short report from Criss Juliard that gives an idea of some of the activities going on in North Africa. Criss can…

Vetiver Systems and Climate Change

Climate change is a hot topic and a lot of people and agencies are trying to focus on how to adapt to the changes that are likely to occur. We know that temperatures will increase, climatic events are likely to…

Vetiver System and Looming Food Crisis

With the sharp increase in food prices around the world, a growing hunger problem, and global warming, it is important that we do all we can to improve sustainable agriculture output. Most of the increases in productivity have to come…

Vetiver System supports Ethiopian farmers

In 1996 the Vetiver Network provided a grant to a German NGO (Munchen fur Munchen (MFM)) to develop a vetiver program for soil and water conservation in the Mettu area of Iluubabor Province of Ethiopia (Illubabor Province is located in…

Vetiver System Applications in California

For 11 years Doug Richardson has been quietly introducing the Vetiver System for slope stabilization and erosion control in southern California in the Santa Barbara area. He has over 60 projects now and they show just how effective vetiver can be. We…

Protect coral reefs from erosion sediment by using Vetiver System

I have written on many occasions of the need to use the Vetiver System to rehabilitate eroding land and thus stop eroded sediment being moved down stream to coastal waters where it destroys coral reefs and coastal fisheries. VS is…

Vetiver System must be applied correctly

I received an email from Yoann Copin in Madagascar who is working with a large mining operation. He would like to know if anyone has had experience stopping/slowing soil erosion using either lawn grasses or bamboo. I would like to…

WE CANNOT WAIT FOREVER!

When I first started my professional career as a conservationist and agriculturist in Zambia in the early 1960’s soil erosion was a major problem. Nearly 50 years later world wide erosion is worse. When I worked in Ethiopia 40 years…