Category: slope stabilization

Private Sector at work with Vetiver in Madagascar

Readers should be interested in the following email from Coppin Yoann in Madagascar. It just shows what individuals can do to produce vetiver plant material on a large scale. I would say that he is the sort of person who…

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…

Highway slope stabilization in Indonesia

A very convincing trial has been demonstrated on a 70º laterite highway batter slope near Bundung, Indonesia. (this work was supported by the Indonesian Vetiver Network and TVNI). This is a great trial and the results are obvious even to…

Vetiver System – In their own words

Back in 1996 The Vetiver Network made a grant to Munchen fur Munchen (a German NGO working in Mettu, western Ethiopia, to support and expand its vetiver based soil conservation program. Twelve years later: From Debela Dinka – Sustainable Land…

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…

Vetiver for Golf Course landscaping

I found this interesting site: http://www.domainedebelombre.mu/en/golf_du_chateau_gallery.aspx from the Golf Du Chateau course in Mauritius. The course has been partially landscaped and protected using vetiver grass. The lakes on the course look particularly clean – I suspect that the vetiver planted on the…