Impact of microcatchment water harvesting on the diversity of the Badia rangelands of Jordan

Published Date
December 31, 2011
Type
Book Chapter
Impact of microcatchment water harvesting on the diversity of the Badia rangelands of Jordan
Authors:
N. Shawahneh
Hani Saoub, Theib Oweis, Nasri Haddad, Mohammed Karrou

This study aimed at conducting the followings activities:
• To survey and identify the flora at the Mharib watershed (the intervention area of the Badia Benchmark Project),
• to study the effect of microcatchment WH techniques on the soil seed bank compared with the current situation,
• to evaluate the effect of microcatchment WH on the native vegetation regeneration and improvement, and
• to multiply and reintroduce the annual native plant species collected from the rangelands.
The study is presented in five main sections:
• Documentation of the flora of the Mharib watershed,
• Assessment of the soil seed bank under different microcatchments,
• Evaluation of the effect of microcatchment WH on native vegetation,
• Regenerating native vegetation cover using WH techniques, and
• Evaluation of the potential of seed of native plant species for multiplication/propagation.

Citation:
N. Shawahneh, Hani Saoub, Theib Oweis, Nasri Haddad, Mohammed Karrou. (31/12/2011). Impact of microcatchment water harvesting on the diversity of the Badia rangelands of Jordan, in "Water Benchmarks of CWANA- Rehabilitation and integrated management of dry rangelands environments with water harvesting - Number 9". Aleppo, Syria: Independent / Not associated.
Keywords:
west asia
rangeland
gis mapping
microcatchment
socioeconomics
benchmark sites
soil
water
drought
land use
livestock
farming systems
water harvesting
natural resources
impact assessment