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Preserving wetlands in Algeria

Each year farmers in Benazzouz, in the heart of an Algerian wetland, would typically mark out a plot of land to cultivate, clear the land and pump water to irrigate the crops.

Once the harvest season had passed, they would choose another plot of land. Such practices led to soil degradation, often on an irreversible scale.

To preserve the land and provide an economic alternative for local communities, UNDP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), launched an integrated management project for the Guerbès wetlands.

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