Tunisia, 1970 - Workman at the poplar nursery at the Hadjeb-el-Aioun experimental and demonstration irrigated plantation where the growing trees are transforming a dry wasteland into a verdant forest. Lead caption: The Reforestation Institute was established in Tunis by the Government and the UN Development Programme (Special Fund) with FAO as the executing agency. Its general purpose is to contribute to the economic and social development of the country by increasing and diversifying timber resources and by improving the benefits resulting from a controlled forestry management programme. These benefits will include grazing, soil protection, water conservation as well as recreational and touristic facilities. Guidance is given at several demonstration plantations on the choice of forest tree species, planting techniques and the training of forestry personnel. This 5-year Project commenced in 1965.