Ghaba: Miyawaki Forests can grow in deserts with Breathable Sand

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Titled “Ghaba” – Arabic for forests – the upcoming investor presentation by sustainability champion Dake Rechsand, in partnership with Investment Hub, will unveil a grand ambition of desert greening using the Miyawaki forest model, which can become a reality in deserts through Breathable Sand.

Dake Rechsand, a Dubai-based company offering sustainable solutions in water conservation and desert farming, revently announced its ambitious plan to develop green cover in deserts using the innovative Miyawaki forest model and the company’s ground-breaking technology: Breathable Sand. 

Developed by renowned Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki (, the eponymous model revolves around the regeneration of forests through shrubs, trees, and canopy layers, using a methodical approach involving soil analysis, resource analysis, and maintenance plan for the short term. Following successful implementation, practitioners can achieve a green cover that is 30 times denser and grows 10 times faster than a typical meadow.

In addition, a matured Miyawaki forest boasts high survival rates, and can harbour 18 times more biodiversity, compared to the average achieved using conventional methods. These figures have been substantiated by more than 3,000 real-world instances of forests grown globally, using the Miyawaki model. However, due to arid climate, desert conditions, soil salinity, and water scarcity in the Middle East, this model was not considered feasible in the region; but this was before the emergence of Breathable Sand.

 The water-retentive properties of Dake Rechsand’s Breathable Sand reduce irrigation requirements for optimal plant growth, by nearly 80%, when compared to conventional practices. At the same time, its air-permeability ensures sufficient oxygenation of roots; optimizing nutrient supply and reducing the amount of fertilizer used. In fact, Breathable Sand has been used to successfully green around 2,000 square kilometers, in one of the world’s most arid and hot deserts, in China.

Commenting on the upcoming presentation, and the possibilities it can enable in the Middle East, Chandra Dake, CEO and Founder of Dake Rechsand, said, “The Miyawaki model holds the answers to some of the pressing issues in the Middle East, and the world at large. It will enable the sustainable expansion of green cover at a scale previously unimaginable. And, in doing so, it will make a massive contribution to offsetting GHG emissions and addressing climate change. Our goal for this year is to plant 200,000 trees and follow up with another two million trees by 2022. With increased investor participation and multi-stakeholder engagement, we can scale up to ten million trees, which will have a profound effect on regional and global sustainability parameters”.

The impact of a fully-matured Miyawaki forest is as follows:

• It has the potential to reduce local temperature by two degrees Celsius

• It can result in a noise reduction of 10dB

• A forest cover in an area of 5,000 square meters with 15,000 plants can absorb 300-350 tons of CO2 per year

• The CO2 absorption is 30 times compared to monoculture plantation, hence more lucrative for carbon trading


Dake Rechsand’s innovative and transformative solutions are proactively contributing to the creation of a more sustainable and abundant world. The company’s breakthrough breathable sand technology utilizes low-value desert aeolian sand, to create a constantly evolving portfolio of high-value products. With a global presence that currently extends to the USA, the UAE, India, China, and South Africa, the company is transforming food and water security in water-stressed regions. It is currently engaged in an ambitious plan to enable farming and greenery for at least 100,000 acres across UAE or for half a million trees by year end, 2021.

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