Oman: Heritage in Harvest

Oman is unlike any other country on the Arabian Peninsula. From the towering rocky peaks of the northern mountains to the lush greenery of the southern summer monsoon, this is a land of stunning scenery and dramatic contrasts.

Oman is working hard to increase its self-sufficiency in producing food in a sustainable way. At the heart of that commitment to sustainable development is effective and innovative water management. Because, without water, there is no life.

Oman has a rich heritage of managing water supplies carefully and fairly. The falaj system of sharing water among villagers and farmers dates back over 2,000 years and has been awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO.

Oman’s water management experts have developed a network of dams which not only protect the flow of water into the falaj but which also captures water from flash floods.

In summer, as the monsoon travels across the Indian Ocean and arrives on the southern coast of Oman, the land bursts into life. The air is filled with moisture and lush vegetation covers the hills, providing fresh food for grazing cattle and camels. To take advantage of this welcome precipitation, Oman has initiated a fog harvesting scheme to capture the moisture which saturates the air during the summer months.














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