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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sorbas with the Sierra Nevada in the background.

Our Documentary. "Every Drop Counts".

We made this documentary last year. I explain the situation. We have clear and open discussions with local people affected by this Industrial Agriculture. This Industrial Agriculture takes forty million litres of water every day and is threatening the continued existence of this, the last Oasis in Western Europe.


Friday, 13 January 2017

A twenty degree day. Warm and sunny. Another couple of tons taken from the line.

We are moving on and on up through the tunnel running under the mountain to the first tube.
 Close up. !
 Lucas and Viktor discussing gardening.

 The water came up to the level of the wheel. !
 Dashinka caving.
 Not a cloud in the sky. !

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Many Helpers and Great Views

The views on my dog walks are amazing - snow capped mountains and....
Doggies at play - "The Pack". ! Dashinka, (black and white), is the mother of the other four.


 This is how it is. !

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The River Keeps Flowing and The Workers Keep Working.

We had a great team today with helpers from almost every household in the village. 

Here is a picture of the river and it has dropped a little in level and is still flowing well.

The team have opened about 100 meters of line at the far end and we are now at the top end. The line is nearly one kilometre long. !
 Nice work.
 Here is the flow measuring point set up by Almeria University.
 This is Jonathon in the tunnel.
 And here is Luke.
 Sheila is emptying buckets.
 Timbe is also emptying buckets from a second team.
 Sheila and Graham Turner.
 Interesting landscape behind Viktor.
 Jonathon and Viktor.
On the way home for lunch after a good amount of ditch clearing and removing another four tons of sand and gravel from inside the tunnel. We are doing well.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Digging. !

We have now cleared the biggest land-slips. Here is today's team.

Monday, 9 January 2017

In the UN Speaking about El Rio De Aguas

I am at a Conference in the UN explaining what is happening to El Rio De Aguas. I talk of the 2,300 hectares of land growing four million olive trees, extracting forty million litres of water every day to feed those trees.

We have enrolled a Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Office of Human Rights to take on our case as a failure of the Spanish Government  to secure us our Human Right to a Safe and Sustainable Environment. !

Industrial Agriculture is on the verge of annihilating this, the last Oasis in Western Europe.
I am speaking at The Geneva Forum. This is my third year. In 2014 I spoke on behalf of "Rights for Nature" using this case as an example of massive abuse.

In 2015 Colin Robinson and myself presented an update on "Rights of Nature" Europe, and I was again able to speak of our situation.

In 2016, I was selected by the UN organization "Harmony With Nature" and was asked to participate in an UN virtual dialogue looking at ways forward in the protection of Nature. I have been given the honour of being accepted as a world expert on Earth Jurisprudence.

No "victims" here. !!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Our Sunday Team and An Update On Our Progress.

We took a free day on Three Kings Day, so, fair enough, we are working on Sunday. A great team intentional and determined to restore our Irrigation Line.

Here is an update on our progress:

The most labour intensive job is still in the main tunnel running from the Nacimiento to the Line itself. We have removed about 30 tons of sand, gravel and rocks and there are probably about 20 more tons to remove. Today the team removed 4 tons, so if we keep up the pace we could have the tunnel clear in a week, however, it is sensible to be conservative and to do a thorough job, so probably a bit longer than a week. !

The open sections of the line will not require a lot more work. The "horseshoe" is nearly finished and Graham Savage has done great work above the Ram Pump, which he has also nearly finished. There are two more points which will need some digging. They do not look too serious.
Our routine is to work for an hour or two on the open line and then for two or three hours on the tunnel work. We are happy working, and have only taken the three main "holiday days" off since the inundation.

Water for the village.

I am using my primary pump which can delver up to 75 meters, to pump water from the river directly to my top depositos which also feed  Enrique, Timbe and Antonio. We have a pipe laid along the top Irrigation Line running into Daniel's deposito. I have E mailed Daniel under a separate Email in relation to this usage. We have 40 tons in the tank and we can pump water around the village from there. My secondary pump has a delivery of up to 35 meters should it be needed.
So, all in all, there are a lot of repairs to do excluding the Irrigation Line which is well in hand. Terrace walls have collapsed in various areas and will need re-building. This would be a serious Dry Lands Management work for Sunseed Desert Technology - to save the land from massive erosion - re-building paths in the village especially from Timbe to Tom and Jessie....
Antonio has done a great clean up job on his collapsed wall, as have John and Noella who flew over from America.
We are happy and well, and morale is high.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

The Day After Three Kings Day.- Four Tons.

First of all digging and then back into the wet suits and more tunnelling.
 Thank you Graham.
 Here is Ella.

 Wet suits and action.
Errol and I, (David), have been tunnelling through canna to find another water source.
 Viktor checking out our "find".
  It is a little hole and it is running with water.
Hats off to you guys - great work and about two to three weeks more cleaning. I have just been checking sand and gravel levels in the tunnel.