Through observations of natural ecosystems, the Drylands Management department aims to understand the process of natural plant succession and the degradation and development of soil in terms to formulate land-management policies. We attempt to incorporate academic research with a practical and realistic land-management strategy.
We aim to study, develop and demonstrate a sustainable long-term dryland use approach. Considering low impact and traditional techniques in terms to regenerate local vegetation communities and the use of natural resources within the context of “Paraje Natural Karst en Yesos de Sorbas”.
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The work done here is very varied and challenging. Historically, the project originally focussed on the study of both native and exotic plants adapted to semiarid environments. Nowadays, the department´s objectives are focused in the conservation and regeneration of local vegetal communities through sostenible methods and respectful with the environment. Techniques which can allow the development of local vegetation and encourage the development of long-term increases in biodiversity and stability.
The projects run under technological limitations. This means that adaptability and originality are necessary factors when designing experiments and projects of action. The department has basic facilities among which include a library to search for information, a seed bank and a digital herbarium in development.
Some of our work is carried out on our tree nursery, the “Arboretum”, an area used as a botanic and experimental area to study vegetal regeneration techniques. It is also a place to inform residents and visitors regarding the department´s work and objectives.
The use of resources is another important part of the department. Among those include the maintenance and use of the production of olive and almond trees, as well as seed collection, essential plants, etc.
The department is also responsible for the maintenance of the waste water system in the project. The use and management of waste water as a resource is also part of our objectives.