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Waterboxx. Novel system to reforest arid areas

Waterboxx. Novel system to reforest arid areas

Waterboxx collects water from nighttime condensation and occasional rains to irrigate, in small doses, the interior of the plant. The container also prevents the water from evaporating and protects the roots from the sun and inclement weather or small animals, which facilitates the growth of trees.

This new tree planting and rearing system for arid and semi-arid areas, dubbed the Groasis Waterboxx, is an innovative solution for plant breeding that guarantees survival in the first year of more than 90% in the Sahara desert. And only with 50 liters of water.

Waterboxx collects water from nighttime condensation and occasional rains to irrigate, in small doses, the interior of the plant. The container also prevents the water from evaporating and protects the roots from the sun and inclement weather or small animals, which facilitates the growth of trees.


WATERBOXX is aimed at increasing the percentage of rooting of the plants to be introduced in afforestation, linking this mainly to the more or less permanent availability of water on the newly installed seedling.

The system consists of a circular body that houses about 15 liters of water, with an inverted conical-shaped lid, so that all the runoff water that monopolizes the lid runs off onto the interior of the cabin. For cases of extraordinary rainfall, the device has a filling valve, which expels the water around it. The center of the cabin is hollow, allowing the aerial development of two seedlings.

The communication of the device with the substrate where the new seedlings have been planted occurs by capillarity, by means of a piece of textile rope and a basal cardboard, which allow a slow and gradual hydric communication of the water accumulated in the cabin on the substrate in which the seedlings have previously been planted.

The system has worked successfully in the Los Monegros desert, where the trees planted with Waterboxx have achieved a survival rate of between 80 and 90%, where the trees planted without Waterboxx barely reached 5% survival.

The first prototype was made of plastic but they are already working to make it out of recycled cardboard. Waterboxx is an invention of the Dutch Pieter Hoff.

In the last five years, more than 55,000 trees have been planted thanks to 20,000 units of Waterboxx, since the box is reusable.

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Video: Explanation of the Groasis Waterboxx plant cocoon for reforestation (August 2021).