News The Maâmora Forest Program 2015-2024 aims at the protection of ecosystems and the enhancement of biodiversity (regional manager)

Rabat - The 2015-2024 10-year Maâmora Forest Program aims to protect and rebuild cork oak ecosystems and to enhance the biodiversity of this natural area, considered a legacy to be preserved through a participatory approach, said Tuesday Essaid Makkak, Regional Director of Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification of the Northwest. The strategic objectives of this program are also aimed at the achievement of socio-economic development and the valorisation of forest plantations, To improve the living conditions of the forestry population, said Makkak during an information caravan for journalists on the occasion of International Forest Day (21 March).

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Release date 16/03/2017
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Keywords Maâmora forest, program, valorisation, ecosystems

Integrated projects under the Ten-Year Program focus on the reconstruction and upgrading of the coastal and eastern Maâmora forests, in addition to upgrading urban, semi-urban and peri-urban forests, -it belongs.

The present program takes into account the achievements and shortcomings of the projects of the last edition (2005-2014) as well as the future prospects, taking into account the needs and the programs of the various departments related to the Forest domain.

The forecast for the decade 2015-2024 program for reforestation covers more than 12,000 hectares (ha), of which 7850 ha are reserved for the replanting of cork oak, for a budget of 88 million Dh, responsible.

The Regional Director considered that the participatory approach to forest management has contributed to the supervision of the local population within associations and cooperations working in the forest sector, while receiving, in return, Improve their daily lives and help them to implement income-generating activities.

The Maâmora forest faces several constraints to the degradation of its ecosystem, including over-grazing, the overexploitation of forest resources by the inhabitants and the natural fall of trees through old age, disease and succession of drought, "He said.

The High Commission for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification (HCEFLCD) has developed a strategy to deal with the constraints that are implemented by the regional management. This strategy relies in particular on reforestation, reconstruction and protection of cork oak ecosystems.

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