Event International Workshop on Biodiversity Conservation.

Moroccan Biodiversity & Livelihood Association (MBLA) and Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) are organizing a three day workshop on Best Practices in Biodiversity Conservation and Local Livelihoods in Morocco. The workshop will be held in Kasbah Angour near Marrakech between Thursday the 28th of May and Saturday the 30th of May (We arrive to the venue on Wednesday the 27th of May in the afternoon and we leave on Saturday the 30th of May).


With support from the UK Darwin Initiative and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), we are pleased to invite young plant conservation practitioners and colleagues involved in biodiversity conservation and livelihoods to participate. The workshop is co-organized by Dr. Hassan Rankou of MBLA and Dr. Gary Martin of GDF, and will be facilitated by a scientific committee. The workshop will be delivered primarily in French and English.

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Period [28/05/2015 - 30/05/2015]
Event location Kasbah Angour near Marrakech.
Host Moroccan Biodiversity & Livelihood Association (MBLA) and Global Diversity Foundation (GDF).
Geographical coverage Morocco
Keywords Conservation, Best Practices, Moroccan Biodiversity, Livelihoods,

Background:

The global loss of biodiversity has been acknowledged as a serious concern for the past decades. Through its national and regional authorities dedicated to environmental issues, Morocco is seeking to enhance its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, achieve Aichi targets and implement the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, among other elements of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Individuals and institutions are working to face threats to biodiversity, take conservation actions both in situ and ex situ, tackle over-exploitation of individual species, inform and educate people, and champion species and hotspots areas in local policy.

Morocco faces the challenge of conserving biodiversity while encouraging local people to benefit economically from wild-crafting and value-adding activities. Local livelihoods are dependent on maintaining the ecological integrity of biodiversity-rich areas, and this highlights the importance of embracing well-managed commons, water harvesting systems and other collective practices that create ecological continuity for ecosystems. In this workshop, we addresses the best practices in biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods in Morocco.

Format of the workshop:

The workshop will include presentations, working group activities, field trips, project visits and lunch networking. The presentations will introduce the different research topics, discuss progress, and debate the implementation of good practices in biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods. All participants are asked to reflect on best practices for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of plants in support of local livelihoods in Morocco.

Aims of the workshop:

This workshop aims to address and support the implementation of best practices in biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods in Morocco by:

  • Bringing together key researchers and institutions in biodiversity conservation in Morocco.
    Establishing a platform for mutual learning about current initiatives and best practices of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of resources to improve local livelihoods in Morocco.
  • Identifying ways and means to further explore, integrate and implement best practices.
  • Exploring potential collaboration between specific individuals, institutions and projects.
  • Ensuring continued communication and cooperation.
  • Consolidating the Moroccan Biodiversity & Livelihood Association (MBLA).

Expected outputs:

It is hoped that the workshop will result in the following outputs:

  • Increased understanding of best practices in biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods in Morocco amongst relevant individuals and institutions.
  • Consolidated linkages and cooperation between individuals, institutions and projects in Morocco.
  • Identification of biodiversity conservation case studies and other resources from Morocco to highlight and include in the GSPC toolkit.
  • Opportunities for mainstreaming best practices in biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods activities within Morocco’s environmental policies.
  • A growing membership base for the Moroccan Biodiversity & Livelihood Association (MBLA).

Programme:

Wednesday 27th of May 2015:

3:00–5:00 pm: Visit of Jardin Majorelle for visitors who arrive early to Marrakech.

  • Meeting points:2pm at the Faculty of Sciences Semlalia car parking, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech/3pm at the entrance of Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech.

5:00 pm: Transfer to Kasbah Angour

  • Meeting points: 5pm at the exit of Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech (First group) /5:30pm at Marrakech train Station (Second group).

Thursday 28th of May 2015:

Morning

8:30–9:00 am: Workshop registration.

9:00–9:30 am: Welcome, introductions, and short overview of the workshop (Hassan Rankou).
9:30–12:30 am: Short presentations & Discussions – 15 minutes each person with Q&A.

Afternoon

2:30–3:15 pm: Interactive learning session 1: Ethnobotanical Methods (Facilitator: Gary Martin).
3:15–4:00 pm: Interactive learning session 2: Ethnographic Methods (Facilitator: Emily Caruso).

4:15–5:00 pm: Interactive learning session 3: Conflict in the Agdals, where to place yourself? (Facilitator: Pablo Domínguez).
4:15–5:00 pm: Interactive learning session 4: The practice of conservation (Facilitator: Alain Cuerrier).

Friday 29th of May 2015:

Morning

8:30-12:30 am: Short presentations & Discussions – 15 minutes each person with Q&A.

Afternoon

2:00–3:30 pm: Small group discussions of 5 people each on the following topics.

  •  Assessing conservation status (Facilitator: Hassan Rankou).
  • Collaborating with communities (Facilitator: Emily Caruso).
  • Agdals, between tradition and modernity (Facilitator: Pablo Domínguez).
  • Collecting a botanical voucher specimen (Facilitator: Stephen L. Jury).
  • Implementing conservation policy (Facilitator: Irene Teixidor Toneu).

3:30–6:30 pm: Visit of Darwin Initiative Project Imegdale Site – Learning Session: How biodiversity conservation impacts local livelihoods.

Saturday 30th of May 2015:

Morning

8:30–11:30 am: Short presentations & Discussions–15 minutes each person with Q&A.

11:30–12:00 am: MBLA consolidation and launching.

12:00–1:00 pm: Distribution of certificates.

Afternoon


3:00 pm–6:00 pm: Visit of Terres D’ Amanar–Medicinal Plants Gardens (Fabrice Cuzin).
6:00 pm: Departure to Marrakech.