Applications of the COCOON
We have successfully applied the COCOON for Moringa peregrina in the Middle East. The leaves of the Moringa tree are used in feed mills to back out imports or locally produced components that require (heavy) irrigation. Moringa leaves are used by livestock, poultry farms and aquaculture. We have successfully planted avocado and mango with small holder farmers in East Africa. In Spain, we run several demonstration projects on various nut trees, in cooperation with research institutes and farmers.
Urban and highway landscaping
The COCOON is used as a sustainable solution for greening highways, urban streets as well as individual homes in dry climates. It is a solution for communities that are concerned about water conservation but still want to enjoy the safety, health and environmental benefits trees bring to city living. It is also used for highway greening and to reduce the amount of sand dust on the road.
Benefits of the COCOON
Survival and resilience
Impact of nature restoration and landscaping
Inspiration and pride for the local and international community
Reducing stress on resources
Trees are the earth's natural way to capture CO2. A full-grown forest may absorb between 1 and 10 t/ha of CO2. A healthy mycorrhizae system may increase the CO2 uptake by a factor of 2 to 3. If the full cost for re-greening is to be carried by CO2 credits, a price of 5-10 euros per ton would suffice to break even.
Quality of the ecosystem
The trees' roots improve the water catchment in the soil and decrease water losses due to erosion;
Soil erosion is reduced, as the tree canopy acts as a buffer for intense rainfall;
Newly grown trees create shade and humus for shrubs and other vegetation to grow in the tree surroundings;
Soil quality and soil life will increase. Over time the soil around the tree will turn darker and more humid