Update:   04.02.2014

Sahara Forest Project and Selmer sign agreement

Sahara Forest Project and Selmer sign agreement

Sahara Forest Project has entered into a framework agreement with Selmer, one of Norway’s largest and most recognized corporate law firms. Sahara Forest Project will use and benefit from Selmer’s legal, compliance and advisory services.

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Update:   29.01.2014

Algae discovery in the Qatari desert

Algae discovery in the Qatari desert

An exciting algae strain has been discovered at The Sahara Forest Project's pilot facility in Qatar. It is now being analyzed at Duke University in North Carolina, United States. PHOTOS: Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

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Update:   09.12.2013

“From slideware to hardware”

“From slideware to hardware”

CEO Joakim Hauge explained how Sahara Forest Project has managed “the transition from slideware to hardware” in his presentation at Chatham House’s high-level conference “Food Futures – Towards Sustainable Production and Consumption”. Chatham House is ranked as one of the most important think thanks in the world.

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Update:   14.11.2013

Key note at Border Sessions

Key note at Border Sessions

The Sahara Forest Project had key note speech at the technology and innovation festival Border Sessions in The Hague. CEO Joakim Hauge presented The Sahara Forest Project and the impressive results from the pilot facility in Qatar.

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Update:   11.11.2013

Result report for pilot facility released

Result report for pilot facility released

The Sahara Forest Project has published the result report for The Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility in Qatar. Through this report, The Sahara Forest Project informs about both the concept as well as the key findings from the operational program carried out at the pilot in Qatar.

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Update:   07.11.2013

Qatar Pilot results exceed expectations

Qatar Pilot results exceed expectations

From left: Joakim Hauge, CEO of The Sahara Forest Project, Humoud Al-Mannai, CTO of Qafco, and Pierre Herben, CTO of Yara International. The Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility in Qatar has successfully met expectations. The key findings from ten months operation prove the concept is effective and competitive.

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Update:   04.11.2013

Sahara Forest Project ready for roll-out

Sahara Forest Project ready for roll-out

The Sahara Forest Project pilot operations have verified significant comparative advantages using saltwater for the integration of food production, revegetation and renewable processes.

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Update:   09.09.2013

The Sahara Forest Project presented at TEDx

The Sahara Forest Project presented at TEDx

CEO Joakim Hauge shared the story about The Sahara Forest Project at TEDx Maastricht 2013. 900 event participants at the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht, Netherlands, and thousands on social media followed the talk. Photo: TEDx Maastricht

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Update:   11.06.2013

Sahara Forest Project in 'Food for 9 Billion' project

Sahara Forest Project in 'Food for 9 Billion' project

The US news program PBS NewsHour has featured the Sahara Forest Project in their special project ‘Food for 9 Billion’. The series travels the world in search of stories that are at the center of the challenges of feeding a planet that will reach a population of 9 billion by 2050.

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Update:   06.06.2013

Sahara Forest Project in international documentary

Sahara Forest Project in international documentary

Sahara Forest Project is featured by the Dutch public broadcaster VPRO TV. In the weekly news documentary series ‘Backlight’ the Sahara Forest Project is shown as an example of how technology can provide all basic needs such as energy, clean drinking water and food for the growing world population. The documentary is already made into an international version for distribution outside the Netherlands.

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Update:   22.05.2013

New Finance Manager

Henrik Seland has been appointed as Financial Manager of the Sahara Forest Project.

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Update:   05.05.2013

Sahara Forest Project in food security program on Qatar TV

Sahara Forest Project in food security program on Qatar TV

Qatar TV has featured the Sahara Forest Project in a documentary on food security in Qatar. CEO Joakim Hauge was interviewed in Doha prior to Qatar TV's visit to the Sahara Forest Project pilot facility in Mesaieed Industrial City.

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Press release:   29.04.2013

Sahara Forest Project harvests the first barley

Sahara Forest Project harvests the first barley

The first barley is harvested at the Sahara Forest Project pilot facility in Qatar.

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Update:   25.04.2013

HE Malek Kabariti appointed to the Jordanian cabinet

HE Malek Kabariti appointed to the Jordanian cabinet

HE Malek Kabariti, a longtime supporter of the Sahara Forest Project, is appointed Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources in Jordan.

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Update:   17.04.2013

New Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager

Kari Sofie Bjørnsen has been appointed as Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager of the Sahara Forest Project.

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Update:   10.04.2013

Sahara Forest Project on the screen

Sahara Forest Project on the screen

A documentary about the people and progress of the Sahara Forest Project is in the making. The film is named “Green Deserts – The Saltwater Revolution”.

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Press release:   13.12.2012

The Heir Apparent opens Pilot Plant in Qatar

The Heir Apparent opens Pilot Plant in Qatar

The Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility was opened by HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday December 11th. The Heir Apparent also enjoyed a tour of the pilot facility, developed by Yara, Qafco and The Sahara Forest Project.

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Press release:   10.12.2012

Green growth taking root in the desert

Green growth taking root in the desert

The first cucumbers grown in the desert using seawater and solar power were served to participants at UN Climate Negotiations in Doha. After a ten-month intense construction period, invited guests enjoyed the first tours of the Sahara Forest Project pilot facility, realized by Yara, Qafco and The Sahara Forest Project.

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Update:   29.11.2012

The first cucumber harvested at The Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility in Qatar

The first cucumber harvested at The Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility in Qatar

Today the first cucumbers from The Sahara Forest Project Pilot Facility were served to VIP guests and workers at the pilot facility inside Measaieed Industrial City in Qatar. After a ten month intense construction period, The guests could today also enjoy the first tour of the pilot facility, developed by Yara, Qafco and The Sahara Forest Project.

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Update:   27.11.2012

UN Climate Negotiations, COP18, Doha, Qatar

UN Climate Negotiations, COP18, Doha, Qatar

The Sahara Forest Project is now participating at the UN Climate Negotiations, COP18. The negotiations take place in Qatar, Doha from 26th of November until 7th of December. Together with The Bellona Foundation, The Sahara Forest Project hosts an exhibition room, meeting room and auditorium inside the delegation area of the conference.

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Press release:   24.04.2012

Plans for green growth in the Jordan deserts

Plans for green growth in the Jordan deserts

In the presence of HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and the Jordanian Minister of Environment, HE Yaseen Khayyat, The Sahara Forest Project presented for the first time the results of their feasibility studies for Jordan. The seminar arranged by The Sahara Forest Project and The Norwegian Embassy to Amman brought together a wide range of international and Jordanian delegates from academia, industry, governments and organizations. The event took place by the Dead Sea on the 24th and highlighted opportunities arising from an integrated approach to the challenges of food, water and energy security in responding to the challenge of climate change.

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Press release:   27.02.2012

Pioneering environmental project taking root in the sand

Pioneering environmental project taking root in the sand

The Sahara Forest Project AS today signed a cooperation agreement for building a Pilot Plant in Qatar together with Yara International ASA and the Qatar Fertiliser Company, QAFCO. The agreement was signed by CEO Khalifa A. Al-Sowaidi of QAFCO, CEO Jørgen Ole Haslestad of Yara International and CEO Joakim Hauge of The Sahara Forest Project AS. The estimated cost for the Pilot Plant is 5.3 million USD. QAFCO and Yara International will provide the funding. The parties have already started the preparations, and are on schedule to reach the target of having a fully operational Pilot Plant by December 2012.

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Press release:   15.02.2012

Cooperation between Sundrop Farms Pty Ltd and The Sahara Forest Project AS

Cooperation between Sundrop Farms Pty Ltd and The Sahara Forest Project AS

Today it was announced that Sundrop Farms Pty Ltd and The Sahara Forest Project AS has signed an agreement to establish a long-term close cooperation, and that Sundrop Farms Pty Ltd becomes a Sahara Forest Project AS partner. The first stage of the cooperation will focus on knowledge sharing and exploring the potential for integrating the parties’ technologies. The parties are therefore executing a joint program for testing and optimization of the Sundrop Farms technology in a Sahara Forest Project setting, aiming at a large-scale commercialization.

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Press release:   16.06.2011

New milestone

New milestone

The Sahara Forest Projects enters into cooperation with Yara, the world largest supplier of fertilizer and the Qatari company Qafco, the world’s largest single site producer of urea and ammonia. A Memorandum of Understanding for establishing The Sahara Forest Project in Qatar has been signed by Managing Director Khalifa Abdulla Al-Sowaidi of Qafco, CEO Jørgen Ole Haslestad of Yara ASA and CEO Joakim Hauge of The Sahara Forest Project AS.

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Press release:   18.01.2011

Bilateral support to launch The Sahara Forest Project in Jordan

Bilateral support to launch The Sahara Forest Project in Jordan

The production of key products, such as clean water, clean energy and a sustainable production of food represents some of our time’s greatest challenges. The Sahara Forest Project proposes a holistic approach to tackle these challenges. By using what we have enough of (saltwater, sunshine and CO2) to produce what we need more of (food, water, clean electricity and biomass), The Sahara Forest Project is the first step towards reaching the vision of Restorative Growth.

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