OASIFICATION! 🌳 🌳 🌳


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WTF is this word? 😵 ❓ ❓

According to YourDictionary: Oasification

«The process of restoring water, soil, and plant life to an environment that has been degraded by soil erosion.»


According to the Wikipedia: Oasification

«In hydrology, oasification is the antonym to desertification by soil erosion. This technique has limited application and is normally considered for much smaller areas than those threatened by desertification.»

«To help the oasification process, engineers aim to develop a thriving dense woody plant cover to redress the hydrological, edaphic and botanical degradation affecting a slope.»


According to writer F. R. Chateaubriand: Oasification

«Forest precedes Man and desert follows him. Thus has ocurred with many civilizations that we know, settled in arid and semiarid territories. However, desertification is not an irreversible and hopeless process. In this new millenium we must be able to find the solutions to the problems that we generate. Against desertification: Oasification!»

OASIFICATION 🌳 🌳 🌳 by angelos ka on FlickrOASIFICATION 🌳 🌳 🌳 by angelos ka on Flickr

According to the declaration of the three Ikarian Associations mentionned
at the end of my previous article «The little house in the desert»

«Besides that, again with our voluntary work, we intend to fence an area of at least 8.000 square meters around the shelter in order to protect it from the goats. This way, we will allow at least a small part of the overgrazed, eroded and almost desertified mountain plateau to grow green again like it was in the past.»

«Among the benefits resulting from this [project will be] the awakening of the local community concerning the desertification of the mountain volume of Ikaria through creating a visitable framed green space where endemic species will grow. This way, it will be proven in practice that this phenomenon and its disastrous effects (flashfloods, landslides, impoverishment of the soil) is not a natural, inevitable process but something that started for specific reasons [only] few decades ago and therefore, there is a way to stop it.»

«But most of all, what we want to do is to show with a project of our own -no matter its smallness- the great love we feel for our mountain, its freedom and its wild beauty.»

Project: 'To Spitaki tis Mamis', mountain refuge and protected green area in Ammoudia plateau, on mt. Atheras, Ikaria island, Greece
Well, tThe fenced area around 'Spitaki tis Mamis'hey’ve done it!!!! Against all odds (bureaucracy, indifference, fatalism, pessimism and hostile goat barons) on Sunday, September 24, more than 40 young local people gathered on the mountain and after several hours of hard work, they secured an area of 8.000 square meters around the old mountain shelter on Ammoudia plateau with a long line of welded wire mesh panels.
They ‘ve done it! Look at them at work! You can tell from the pictures which are all first quality, the feelings of joy and fulfillment shared by the participants. I am so glad I’ve helped in my own small way to this project. If things go well -and I have every reason to thnk they will- in less than 3 years, instead of that depressive, although sometimes also impressive, goat desert, we will have an oasis!

Notice: The gallery above is made up of 56 pictures I discovered in three posts at the OPS Ikarias Google+ page. They redirected me to three of their facebook posts: the first one, containing 12 pictures taken by my friend Angelos, the second and the third one containing a total of 44 pictures, taken by our friends from Italy, Paola and Ivo, founders of the association «Η ‘δική μας’ Ικαρία».

All pictures © OPSIkarias & DikimasIkaria 2017


For the title of this article I am gratedul to
angeloska | Flickr
who looked up the meaning of the term «oasification» for me and
suggested that it would be more appropriate to describe the project
of fencing instead of the akward «fencing against desertification»
which wouldn’t make much sense to a reader who is not familiar
with our strange island and its strange problems.

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For information and donations, you may write to
opsikarias2008@gmail.com
kinisi.politon.ikaria@gmail.com




6 Σχόλια on “OASIFICATION! 🌳 🌳 🌳”

  1. Ο/Η egotoagrimi λέει:
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    «…hostile goat barons…»

    You rock!!!

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    🚀 🚀 😍

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  2. Ο/Η Angelos Ka λέει:
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    WOAH, Eleni, thanks a lot!!!

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    Bandiera rossa on facebook

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    You know, as soon as I saw your article today, it started to rain! WOAH🤗

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    In Nana to agrimi's blog: 'Κολυμπότρυπες ☺ στην Ικαρία: Kokopelli Rain Dance by Carla Mora'

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    🤗 🙂

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    Thank you very much, Eleni!
    This was such great help!!!

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    And you have created a very beautiful gallery with our pictures!

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    ^^’

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  4. Ο/Η elinalafina λέει:
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    Έτσι!!!

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    Η Ικαρία δεν πρέπει να ξαναπάθει ό,τι έπαθε το 2010, που ήταν το ίδιο με εκείνο έπαθε η Σαμοθράκη φέτος, ακριβώς εξαιτίας των απογυμνωμένων βουνών λόγω της υπερπληθώρας των ελεύθερων κατσικιών που μαστίζουν και ερημώνουν και τα δύο αυτά συγκεκριμένα νησιά.

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    Και μη νομίσει κανείς ότι η περίφραξη είναι συμβολική ενέργεια. Στο συγκεκριμένο οροπέδιο όπου βρίσκεται το Σπιτάκι της Μαμής, μαζεύονται πολλοί βαρόνοι και ταίζουν τα ζώα τους, ενώ στο ίδιο συγκεκριμένο οροπέδιο είναι οι πηγές ενός αγαπημένου ποταμού, του Μύρσωνα, που διασχίζει μια τεράστια περιοχή και εκβάλλει στην αγαπημένη μας Μεσαχτή. Με τέτοια ερημοποίηση, είναι θέμα λίγου χρόνου να γίνουν όλα ξανά ένα χαλαμουντάρι, χειρότερο από εκείνο του 2010.
    Αυτά τα 8 στρεμματάκια της όασης σίγουρα θα κάνουν πολλούς να σκεφτούν και να γίνει εκείνο που λέει στο τελευταίο μπούλετ η διακήρυξη των Συλλόγων:

    «Αφύπνιση της τοπικής κοινωνίας σχετικά με την ερημοποίηση του ορεινού όγκου της Ικαρίας.»

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    Διακήρυξη των τριών Συλλόγων

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    ΖΗΤΩ Η ΟΑΣΙΟΠΟΙΗΣΗ!

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    (συγνώμη για τα Ελληνικά)

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    🌱 🌴 🌵 🌼 🌿 🌲 🌳

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  5. Ο/Η girl of the last chance λέει:
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    Alors, est-ce ce qu’ils font? Une enceinte pour empêcher les chèvres de démolir la montagne complètement?

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    Ορειβατικός Πεζοπορικός Σύλλογος Ικαρίας: hiking round Ikaria's remotest hinterland, 41 -'Succesful attempt to reforest the desert

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    il š’agit de créer un oasis comme ça?

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    Ikaria's remotest hinterland 10 - traditional, fenced and protected, by angelos ka on Flickr
    Pourquoi ne mettons-nous toutes les chèvres dans une enceinte au lieu de tout cela? C’est fou! Mais moi j’aime beaucoup les choses folles. Bravo à tous!!! Nous allons camper à Ammoudia l’année prochaine!

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