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ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED JOINTLY (AIJ)
 
USIJI Uniform Reporting Document:
Activities Implemented Jointly Under the Pilot Phase

List of Projects

A. Description of the AIJ project

1. Title of project: Project Salicornia, Halophyte Cultivation in Sonora

2. Host country: Mexico

3. Brief project description:

Project Salicornia is Phase I of a two-phase project to cultivate a native halophyte (a salt-tolerant euphorb plant, Salicornia bigelovii) in a coastal desert region of northwest Mexico. Phase I is designed to research and demonstrate Salicornia cultivation on 30 hectares of coastal land. The estimated greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits of the project result from carbon accumulation and storage in the sandy soil. If Phase II is initiated, the cultivated crop could potentially serve as a valuable source of biomass material, and food (cooking oil and fresh vegetable products), and could generate income for the local population.


4. Participants:

Name of Organization or Individual

Country

Genesis, S.A. de C.V. (a subsidiary of PDC)

Mexico

Planetary Design Corporation (PDC)

U.S.A.

Halophyte Enterprises, Inc (HEIa subsidiary of PDC)

U.S.A.

Salt River Project (SRP)

U.S.A.

Econergy International Corporation (EIC)

U.S.A.

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Organization

Name of organization (original language)

or

Name of individual if unaffiliated with any organization

Genesis, S.A. de C.V.

Name of organization (English)

(Same as above)

Acronym (original language)

None

Acronym (English)

(Same as above)

Department

 

Function(s) within the AIJ project activities

On-site management of day-to-day operations, personnel management, and procurement

Street

Yañez 116 Norte

City

Hermosillo, Sonora

State

 

Post code

CP 81390

Country

Mexico

Telephone

 

Fax

 

E-mail

 

World Wide Web-URL address

 

Administrative Officer Responsible for the Project

Surname

Mota Urbina

First name, middle name

Carlos

Job title

Director General de Genetica y Sistemas de Ingenieria Solar S.A. de C.V.

Direct telephone

 

Direct fax

 

Direct e-mail

 

Contact Person for AIJ Activities (if different from the Administrative Officer)

Surname

Cota Hernández

First name, middle name

C.P.T. Alfonso

Job title

Director Financieró

Direct telephone

52-62-14 5667 or 14 5824

Direct fax

(Same as above)

Direct e-mail

 

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Organization

Name of organization (original language)

or

Name of individual if unaffiliated with any organization

Planetary Design Corporation

Name of organization (English)

(Same as above)

Acronym (original language)

PDC

Acronym (English)

(Same as above)

Department

 

Function(s) within the AIJ project activities

Technology development and coordination

Street

4500 North 32nd Street #100

City

Phoenix

State

Arizona

Post code

85018

Country

U.S.A.

Telephone

602-912-9887

Fax

602-912-0277

E-mail

planetary1@aol.com

World Wide Web-URL address

 

Administrative Officer Responsible for the Project

Surname

Hodges

First name, middle name

Roy Malone

Job title

Chief Operating Officer

Direct telephone

602-912-9887

Direct fax

602-912-0277

Direct e-mail

planetary1@aol.com

Contact Person for AIJ Activities (if different from the Administrative Officer)

Surname

Platt

First name, middle name

Joseph B.

Job title

Ecologist

Direct telephone

602-912-9887

Direct fax

602-912-0277

Direct e-mail

joplatt@aol.com

Item

 

Organization

Name of organization (original language)

or

Name of individual if unaffiliated with any organization

Halophyte Enterprises, Inc (a subsidiary of PDC)

Name of organization (English)

(Same as above)

Acronym (original language)

HEI

Acronym (English)

(Same as above)

Department

 

Function(s) within the AIJ project activities

Financing

Street

4500 North 32nd St., Suite 100

City

Phoenix

State

Arizona

Post code

85018

Country

U.S.A.

Telephone

 

Fax

 

E-mail

 

World Wide Web-URL address

 

Administrative Officer Responsible for the Project

Surname

Murphy

First name, middle name

Daniel M.

Job title

President and CEO

Direct telephone

602-912-9887

Direct fax

602-912-0277

Direct e-mail

planetaryl@aol.com

Contact Person for AIJ Activities (if different from the Administrative Officer)

Surname

Isom

First name, middle name

Loren

Job title

Project support manager

Direct telephone

602-912-9887

Direct fax

602-912-0277

Direct e-mail

planetaryl@aol.com

Item

 

Organization

Name of organization (original language)

or

Name of individual if unaffiliated with any organization

Salt River Project

Name of organization (English)

(Same as above)

Acronym (original language)

SRP

Acronym (English)

(Same as above)

Department

 

Function(s) within the AIJ project activities

Financing

Street

P.O. Box 52025, Mail Station PAB #355

City

Phoenix

State

Arizona

Post code

85072-2025

Country

U.S.A.

Telephone

 

Fax

 

E-mail

 

World Wide Web-URL address

 

Administrative Officer Responsible for the Project

Surname

Brown Maracas

First name, middle name

Kate

Job title

Manager, Environmental Affairs

Direct telephone

602-236-2045

Direct fax

602-236-3407

Direct e-mail

kbmaraca@srp.gov

Contact Person for AIJ Activities (if different from the Administrative Officer)

Surname

(Same as above)

First name, middle name

 

Job title

 

Direct telephone

 

Direct fax

 

Direct e-mail

 

Item

 

Organization

Name of organization (original language)

or

Name of individual if unaffiliated with any organization

Econergy International Corporation

Name of organization (English)

(Same as above)

Acronym (original language)

EIC

Acronym (English)

(Same as above)

Department

 

Function(s) within the AIJ project activities

Technical and financial advisor

Street

1925 K Street, NW Suite 230

City

Washington

State

Distric of Columbia

Post code

20006

Country

U.S.A.

Telephone

 

Fax

 

E-mail

 

World Wide Web-URL address

 

Administrative Officer Responsible for the Project

Surname

Ashford

First name, middle name

Michael S.

Job title

Vice President

Direct telephone

202-822-4980

Direct fax

202-822-2986

Direct e-mail

 

Contact Person for AIJ Activities (if different from the Administrative Officer)

Surname

(Same as above)

First name, middle name

 

Job title

 

Direct telephone

 

Direct fax

 

Direct e-mail

 

5. Description of AIJ project activities

Item

 

Type of Project

Sector(s)

Agriculture

Primary activity(ies)

Salicornia cultivation and crop management; technical analysis of soil carbon accumulation and commercial feasibility of Salicornia cultivation

Project Location

Country

Mexico

Exact location (city, state, region)

About 400 yards from the coast, adjacent to the town of Bahia de Kino (Kino Bay) in Sonora

Key Dates and Current Stage of Project

Project starting date (month/year)

April 1996

Project ending date (month/year)

October 2055

Project lifetime (years)

59 years, 7 months

Current stage of project

In progress

General Project Description and Technical Data


The project is Phase I of a two-phase project to cultivate Salicornia bigelovii in a coastal desert region of northwest Mexico. Salicornia bigelovii is a native halophyte, which can be irrigated with sea water and is ideally suited for cultivation in desert or near-desert, coastal regions.

Phase I is designed to research and demonstrate Salicornia cultivation on 30 hectares of coastal land. The specific measures to reduce GHG emissions associated with Phase I of the project include development of a cost-effective process to cultivate Salicornia on a commercial basis, and optimization of agronomic methods for irrigation and harvesting. These measures will increase carbon storage in the soil at the 30 hectare site. Phase II, which is currently not part of this USIJI project, will develop a fully commercial 50,000 hectare farm to cultivate Salicornia for use in the production and commercial sale of biomass products and materials. If Phase II is initiated, the cultivated crop could potentially serve as a valuable source of cooking oil, fresh vegetable products, high-fiber biomass for particle board manufacturing, and biomass for power generation, and could provide income to the local population.

6. Cost

(a) Explanation of methodology for calculating cost data

Methodology for Calculating Cost Data


This information is not yet available.

(b) Cost data-Project development

This information is not yet available.

(c) Cost data-Project implementation

This information is not yet available.

7. Monitoring and verification of AIJ project activities and results

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Party(ies) that will be monitoring project activities

Genesis and HEI, with technical support from EIC and in coordination with SRP

Party(ies) that will be externally verifying project results

This information is not yet available.

Date when the monitoring plan became (or will become) operational (month/year)

This information is not yet available.

Types of data that will be collected

Soil carbon content and density of below-ground biomass, annual quantity of biomass harvested, annual production and carbon content of long-lived products, average decay rate of long-lived products, fossil fuel consumption

Description of Monitoring and Verification Activities and Schedule for Implementation


Monitoring will be conducted by Genesis and HEI with technical support from EIC and in coordination with SRP. The soil carbon stocks of below-ground biomass will be monitored every 2-3 years over the lifetime of the project.

Annual biomass harvests will be monitored based on annual project harvest records. Fuel and electricity consumption used to operate machinery and irrigation pumping will also be monitored.

The proposal states that the participants intend to identify, in consultation with Mexican and U.S. authorities, appropriate independent entities to conduct external verification. Verification will be conducted on an annual basis using data collected by the project operators.

B. Governmental approval

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Please check one of the following.

This report is a first report.

or

This report is an intermediate report.

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