In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc).
Guided by the land’s needs for regeneration and restoring the power of water in the region, our vision is to establish a low-cost replicable example of regenerative agriculture/agroforestry capable of settling people back into the region while documenting indigenous knowledge through open collaborations with the locals. Our camp is located on 4.5 hectares in the Moroccan drylands, which is in a very degraded state, supporting very little vegetation due to environmental erosion and unsustainable land practices. Together, we aim to restore this land into a thriving ecosystem that future generations can benefit from for years to come.
Camp Khalifah is located in a very isolated place, meaning no visible neighbours, almost no sound or light pollution. We have a very basic off-grid setup, and we use only solar power, and the water supply comes from a well and natural spring. At the moment, we are in the stage of establishing our Ecosystem Restoration Camp. Our infrastructure is a traditional Moroccan family house built from Mud, with 4 rooms, a kitchen, and a small traditional Hammam. We use outside toilets with the arborloo system. Wifi is available via Satellite connection. We always cook our food together and every Friday we go to the local market to buy supplies. The closest village is 2km away. At the moment, we are learning and implementing regenerative techniques, practical restoration work, and as this our first year, we are also building and renovating the needed infrastructure.
Since the start of November 2020 Camp Khalifah worked hard to achieve the following:
– implemented the zaï technique over 2 acres
– build 20 gabions
– created a 300 meter swale
– planted 100 trees
– Created a natural fence made out of opuntia
– planted over 2000 agave plants
– pionering with planting the Parkinsonia retama durenta, and
planted a few Carob for future harvest.
We would like to welcome volunteers that want to help our restoration work and learn what we are doing. But also researchers, photo/videographers, natural builders, and artists will be welcome.
In the future, we hope to offer Ecosystem Restoration Design courses for our campers.
5 euro/day will include tented accommodations and breakfast. For 5 euro extra, we include lunch and dinner. The only requirement is to help cooking and doing the dishes 🙂
Camping (basic)-bring your own tent Homestays with families Sanitation (basic) Wifi Kitchen (basic)
Water retention (soil)
Erosion prevention Agroforestry Restoration livelihoods Natural building Water Retention (pond)
Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.
Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.
Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020