• Short Summary

    A THREE-MONTH CAMPAIGN IS ON IN ALGERIA TO PREVENT EROSION AND FURTHER ENCROACHMENT OF THE SAHARA DESERT ON THE NATION'S LAND.

  • Description

    A THREE-MONTH CAMPAIGN IS ON IN ALGERIA TO PREVENT EROSION AND FURTHER ENCROACHMENT OF THE SAHARA DESERT ON THE NATION'S LAND. YESTERDAY (SUNDAY), 250,000 VOLUNTEERS PLANTED THE FIRST TREES-- ON ALGERIA'S FIRST TREE DAY, DECREED BY PRESIDENT BEN BELLA.

    600,000 WERE PLANTED ... IN THE VALLERY OF ARBATACHE, 31 MILES (50 KMS) OUTSIDE ALGIERS. THE TARGET DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD IS TO PLANT 30 MILLION TREES.

    DURING THE 130 YEARS OF FRENCH RULE IT IS SAID THAT THE FOREST AREA OF ALGERIA HAS BEEN CUT IN HALF AND THE REMAINING FORESTS ARE IN BAD SHAPE. THE SAHARA HAS ADVANCED TO ONLY ABOUT 100 KILOMETRES FROM THE SEA BEYOND THE FERTILE COASTAL STRIP.

    AND EACH YEAR, FERTILE SOIL IS WASHED AWAY BY RAINS DOWN THE ROCKY WADIS AND INTO THE SEA.

    THE TREES ARE BEING LAID OUT IN ROWS ALONG THE BARREN HILLS. EACH PLANTING POSITION IS MARKED FOR THE VOLUNTEER PLANTERS. FOR MANY OF THEM, THE WORK MAY BECOME A FULL-TIME JOB... IN A BID TO EASE THE LOT OF ALGERIA'S WORKLESS.

    APART FORM TREE PLANTING THERE ARE ALSO SOIL RECLAMATION AND IRRIGATION PROPOSALS UNDER WAY, THANKS TO HELP FROM THE AMERICAN AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

    SIXTY-THOUSAND MEN WILL BE EMPLOYED ON THEM ON SMALL WAGES FROM THE GOVERNMENT WHILE AMERICA DONATES THE TECHNICAL AID AND FOOD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD2WNKIZZPQW9BPA803O5V8SC0
    Media URN:
    VLVAD2WNKIZZPQW9BPA803O5V8SC0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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