Location and date the photo was taken: Royal Botanic Garden (RBG) nursery, Al-Balqaa Governorate, Jordan; 19 January 2020
Who is depicted in the photo: Carob seedlings at the RBG nursery.
What activity is depicted in the photo: Native Carob tree seedlings grown in the nursery to be outplanted in Jordanian forests as part of reforestation and alleviation of climate change efforts.
How the activity addresses climate change: Carob is a native Jordanian tree and an important part of Jordan’s forests. Carob is usually grown for its edible pods, and as an ornamental tree in gardens. The ripe, dried pod is often ground to carob powder, which is used to replace cocoa powder.The restoration of such forests helps mitigate climate change by storing carbon, halting land degradation and fixing atmospheric nitrogen. Additionally, it has an aesthetic side, can assist in poverty alleviation due to its economic return, and in fighting hunger and malnutrition due to its high-value nutritional content. WADI grows Carob seedlings with its partners and eventually plants them in different sites in an effort to restore forests; once planted, they will improve soil quality, prevent erosion, and help in eventual groundwater recharge.
Name of the relevant program receiving USAID support (via Global Climate Change or other funds): N/A
Names of partner organizations involved in the program: Watershed and Development Initiative (WADI), Royal Botanic Garden (RBG)