As part of the series of trainings that SPNL is conducting under Homat Al Hima, the 7th training on Water and Sustainable Agriculture took place on Saturday June 4th, 2016. The training workshop was conducted in Al Hima center located in the village of Kfar Zabad, with the attendance of participants from the local communities of both Anjar and Kfar Zabad.
The main objectives of the training were as follows:
- Know the importance of water
- Know the importance of water use and conservation
- Know about sustainable wetland management
- Learn basic information about the methods and equipment of water and soil monitoring
- Comprehend the concept of sustainable development
- Learn the general concept and practices about sustainable agriculture
- Learn about organic farming and integrated pest management
The workshop started with a presentation about water use and conservation. The participants were taught about the importance of water in life and the different methods of water and wetland conservation. Afterwards the participants were introduced to water and soil monitoring.
Next, Dr. Elias Ghadban started his presentation about sustainable agriculture and how the concept of sustainable development was initiated. He explained why the concept of sustainable development was started respectively after the traditional agriculture and the green revolution. He explained in details the challenges that hinder the achievement of sustainable development such as population growth, political issues, mechanization, and finance.
After the lunch break, a presentation about organic farming and integrated pest management took place
Next, Dr. Elias Ghadban throughout his second presentation explained about sustainable wetlands management. He clarified to the audience that wetlands are fragile and vulnerable ecosystems. He explained that in order to provide sustainable development for Hima, strategic plans are essential to serve in achieving the goals and objectives.