4,450 hectares for reforestation in the region of Casablanca, Chaouia-Ouardigha and Doukkala-Abda
More than 4,450 hectares of reforestation in Casablanca regions, Chaouia-Ouardigha and Abda-Doukala will be carried out under the 2014-2015 campaign. The operation is part of the national targets declined in the Ten Year Plan of the High Commissioner for Water and Forests and the fight against desertification. The Regional Directorate of Water and Forests and the fight against desertification (DREFLCD) Centre in Casablanca launched during the last week of February, reforestation work under the 2014-2015 campaign.
|Keywords||Reforestation, 2014-2015 campaign Year Plan, High Commissioner for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification|
|Source||Dalila Saadou, Le Matin|
The operation extends over an area of 4458 hectares and requires 29 million Dirhams. The reforestation program also provides Chaouia-Ouardigha and Abda-Doukala an area of 85,760 hectares. According DREFLCD, this operation was initiated in the priority areas of the Atlantic watershed, wadi Mellah and N'Fifikh with biological treatments on 160 hectares of private land in the province of Settat. It also covers degraded forests of Beni Zemmour and Smaala who will benefit from a eucalyptus plantation, and will allow the renewal of the large set of reforestation, and the consolidation and expansion of Bouskoura forest of Grand Casablanca 153 hectares. This program also includes the stabilization five kilometers of dune building in the Atlantic coastline of the province of Safi.
The program also seeks the regulation of water regime and erosion in key watersheds, protection of dams and public infrastructure, consolidating and developing the potential of forestry production, and the promotion of woodlands in urban development projects in Morocco. Before the launch of this program, 3.8 million seedlings were produced in the six nurseries under the DREFLCD, for a total cost of 4.7 million dirhams. The cultivation of seedlings covered more than 20 species. The implementation of this program will have a direct impact on employment in rural areas, since it allows to involve the local population, through the involvement of four associations and group of forestry associations.