At MENA 2022, there was a great buzz around what Chandra Dake, CEO of Dake Rechsand had to share. And why wouldn’t it be as he was sharing his expertise on a technology that allows deserts to be a lot less arid. He shows the way to turn them into spots fertile for desert sowing, allowing it to be a sponge city.
As the name suggests, a sponge city is designed in a way so as to soak water. The term ‘sponge cities’ refers to urban areas that have abundant natural areas such as parks and lakes or other good designs suited to absorb rain and prevent flooding. The term was first coined in 2012, when Beijing witnessed catastrophic floods that led researchers to come up with the solution of ‘sponge cities’.
Sponge cities has come to use not only for rainwater harvesting and flood management but it is being shown to be a useful technological solution incorporated in MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) regions with low rainfall. This innovative model captures rainwater, stores it and then it can ve reused. Dake Rechsand launched the Sponge Cities Partnership at the MENA Climate Week and highlighted how cultivation can be improved through this medium. The idea is to implement it in a wider region.