Secured EU funding to Jordan facility
An important milestone for SFP came in May 2015 when the EU confirmed 750,000 euros in financial aid to the new and larger SFP facility in Jordan.
The support from the EU is essential to realizing the new facility, which will be operational towards the end of 2016. The SFP in Jordan will be the size of four football fields, and include features such as saltwater-cooled greenhouses, research facilities, outdoor vegetation zones, and a solar power plant. The center will be a place for local training and innovation,
and SFP will cooperate closely with regional and international players to find good solutions.
This plant is a first step towards the creation of a 20 hectare facility in southern Jordan.
SFP opened new office in United Kingdom
Sahara Forest Project has ever since the start had close relations with UK.
During the autumn of 2015 the SFP had the pleasure of opening its first permanent office in the UK.
In 2015 there were a total of five employees working from the UK.
Exhibited at the world exhibition EXPO2015 Milan
Sahara Forest Project has since 2012 had a pilot plant and presence in Qatar.
At the world exhibition in Milan in 2015 when the government of Qatar to decorate an entire exhibition room of the work of the Sahara Forest Project.
Qatar showcasd SFP as a concrete example of development and innovation.
Making the desert green in Tunisia
During the Paris climate summit, and on the same day as the Tunisian dialogue quartet received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, the SFP launched a new project in the North African country.
– Water, food and energy security is closely related to stability and democratic development,Joakim Hauge, CEO of Sahara Forest Project said.
Initially,the project will conduct feasibility studies to implement a new SFP facility in Tunisia. The studies are supported financially by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
– In the long term this will not only produce much needed water, food and clean energy, but also contribute to knowledge transfer and new future-oriented and green jobs in Tunisia, CEO Joakim Hauge said during the launch.
On the 22nd of June 2014 The Sahara Forest Project signed an agreement with The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Amman for establishing a Sahara Forest Project Launch Station and related activities in Jordan. The agreement was signed under the patronage of the Jordanian Ministry of Environment.
From left: Roar Haugsdal, First Secretary at the Norwegian Embassy in Jordan, Sissel Breie, Norway’s Ambassador to Jordan, H.E. Dr. Taher Shakhashir, the Jordanian Minister of Environment, Joakim Hauge, CEO of The Sahara Forest Project, Raouf Dabbas, Senior Advisor at the Jordanian Ministry of Environment and Kjetil Stake, Managing Director of The Sahara Forest Project.
The second crop of cucumbers and the first crop grown directly from seed, was being harvested. The yield is significantly higher than in typical greenhouses in Qatar and matching the production of large cucumbers in the UK.
The first barley and rucola was harvested at the Sahara Forest Project pilot facility in Qatar. The harvesting of the barley was done in a traditional way at small scale farms by workers who are farmers back home.
Through two and a half years of studies, field testing and operations a solid foundation is in place for enabling the roll-out of The Sahara Forest Project. The Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility in Qatar successfully met expectations and verified significant comparative advantages using saltwater for the integration of food production, revegetation and renewable processes. A result report with the key findings was published.
In 2013 The Sahara Forest Project had key note speeches at a number of important conferences, exhibitions and think thanks. CEO Joakim Hauge presented The Sahara Forest Project and the impressive results from the pilot facility in Qatar at TEDx, Chatham House and other major events
Illustration of the Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility in Qatar
Signing ceremony in Oslo for constructing The Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility in Qatar. Agreement being signed between Yara, Qafco and The Sahara Forest Project under the patronage of the Norwegian Prime Minister HE Jens Stoltenberg and Qatari Prime Minister HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.
From left: Khalifa A. Al Sowaidi, CEO Qafco, Jørgen Ole Haslestad, CEO Yara International, Joakim Hauge, CEO The Sahara Forest Project
Presenting the findings of the Jordan Feasibility studies in Jordan in the presence of HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Jordanian Minster of Environment, HE Yaseen Khayyat, Former Jordanian Minister of Energy and Environment HE Khaled Irani, Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs HE Gry Larsen, members of Jordanian press and civil society.
Picture of the Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility in Qatar under construction.
Picture of first baby cucumber from The Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility in Qatar
The Sahara Forest Project participated at the UN Climate Negotiations, COP18, in Qatar, Doha and hosted and participated at a number of side events.
Sahara Forest Project at UN Side event, Cop 18 Doha.
From left: Managing director Kjetil Stake, CEO Joakim Hauge and co-founder Michael Pawlyn.
The first cucumbers grown in the desert using seawater and solar power were harvested at The Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility in Qatar and served to participants at UN Climate Negotiations in Doha. The Norwegian Minister of the Environment on guided tour at Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility in Qatar.
From left: Bård Vegar Solhjell, Norwegian Minister of the Environment, Khalifa A. Al-Sowaidi, CEO of QAFCO and Joakim Hauge, CEO of Sahara Forest Project.
The Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility was opened by HH the Heir Apparent of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Qatari Crown Prince also enjoyed a tour of the pilot facility, developed by Yara, Qafco and The Sahara Forest Project.
Signing Memorandum of Understanding with local authorities in Aqaba for access of 220 ha of land under the patronage of the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Jonas Gahr Støre and HE Nasser Judeh Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
From left: Frederic Hauge, President The Bellona Foundation, HE Mohamed Saqr, Chief Commissioner Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority.
An early picture of The Sahara Forest Project team at a workshop preparing the Feasibility Studies for Jordan:
From left: Michael Pawlyn, Founding Partner of The Sahara Forest Project, Director Exploration Architecture, Frederic Hauge, Founding Partner of The Sahara Forest Project, President The Bellona Foundation, Bill Watts, Founding Partner of The Sahara Forest Project, Partner Max Fordham Consulting Engineers, Silvia Borras Researcher The Sahara Forest Project, The Sahara Forest Project, Kjetil Stake, Managing Director The Sahara Forest Project, Joakim Hauge, CEO The Sahara Forest Project, Dr Virginia Corless, Science and Development Manager, The Sahara Forest Project.
Dr Virginia Corless and Bill Watts meeting with local experts in Jordan while conducting the Jordan Feasibility Studies.
Illustration of the planned Sahara Forest Project Test- and Demonstration Centre in Aqaba, Jordan.
The first Sahara Forest Project testing facility in Qatar, ”The Local Calibration Station (LoCal)”
In Jordan on the Invitation of HRH King Abdullah II of Jordan, meeting with relevant ministers.
From left: Joakim Hauge, CEO Sahara Forest Project, Kjetil Stake, Managing Director Sahara Forest Project, HE Minister of Agriculture Jordan, Egil Thorsaas, Norwegian Embassy in Amman, HE Petter Ølberg, Ambassador at The Norwegian Embassy in Amman, HE Minister of Mega Projects, Frederic Hauge, Founding Partner of The Sahara Forest Project and President of The Bellona Foundation, HE Jordanian Minister of Water.
First field visit in the Jordan desert assessing the project’s viability in the region.
From left: Joakim Hauge, CEO The Sahara Forest Project and Kjetil Stake, Managing Director The Sahara Forest Project
The Sahara Forest Project concept launched as a novel way of greening the deserts by bringing environmental technologies together inspired by biomimicry.
From left: Olav Kjørven, Assistant Secretary-General of UNDP, Rawya Mansour, Chairperson Ramsco for Sustainable Development, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Special Envoy on Climate Chenge, former Prime Minister of Norway, Paul Simpson, COO of CDP Water Disclosure Project, Martin Frick, CEO Global Humanitarian Forum, Frederic Hauge, Founding Partner The Sahara Forest Project and President The Bellona Foundation, José María Figueres, Former President of Costa Rica, President of The Global Observatory.