A huge desert reclamation project which includes one of the biggest forestry schemes ever undertaken, is protesting well in Algeria.
GV Crowds of workers digging holes in Stadueli region (2 shots)
SV Worker removing earth from hole
GV Workers digging
CU Man digging hole (2 shots)
SV Man holding tree plants
SV Group planting tree and filling in earth around roots (2 shots)
CU Watering a newly-planted tree (2 shots)
GV Workers planting trees
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Background: A huge desert reclamation project which includes one of the biggest forestry schemes ever undertaken, is protesting well in Algeria. The project is designed to arrest the steady northward encroachment of the Sahara desert and make the high plateau between Algeria's fertile coastal strip and the desert, more productive.
SYNOPSIS: The need for more agricultural land is the result of Algeria's rapidly growing population at present estimated at more than eighteen million, and expected to double before the end of this century. This has put pressure on food supplies and the expansion of northern towns and cities has claimed tracts of valuable land. The reclamation projects sets out to establish a so-called "Green Dam" -- a twenty kilometre-wide (12-mile wide) belt of forest fifteen hundred kilometres (9,300 miles long.
Thousands of young national servicemen have been working on the task of planting seven billion young trees over an area of three million hectares (7 million acres). The results to date have been described as impressive, with whole chains of mountains covered with healthy conifer saplings. Forestry officials in Algeria describe the massive project as an agricultural experiment, and say the ecological effect will not be noticeable for another ten to twenty years.