Tucson, Arizona (Ongoing)

The Desert Oasis Initiative is focused on restoration of water harvesting know-how evolved over 4,000 years to create North America’s first documented farming site. The sprawling, desert city of Tucson, the University of Arizona, and the Native American Nations have embraced a Florentine proposal headed by ITKI Director Pietro Laureano to create an artificial oasis near downtown Tucson. The oasis is to be made using water collection strategies the indigenous Hohokam people developed over 3000 years ago, and serve as a beacon of sustainable practices for re-greening the desert.