National Action Plan for the Protection of Endangered Species
The Office of the High Commissioner for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification organized last Thursday an information workshop for the benefit of journalists from different media on the theme: "National action plan for the protection of Way of disappearance "at the HCEFLCD headquarters in Rabat. This information workshop was launched on the sidelines of the International Biodiversity Day, which was celebrated this year under the theme of "Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism", chosen to echo that of the year 2017 declared as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and thus provide an opportunity to contribute to initiatives such as the Sustainable Tourism Program. In his welcome address to the press representative at the information workshop, Abdeladim Lhafi, High Commissioner for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification, pointed out that this workshop, which is part of the program Thematic meetings with the media, is initiated by its department to celebrate World Biodiversity Day.
|Keywords||Awareness, Media, Endangered Species, International Biodiversity Day 2017|
|Source||L'opinion / Mohammed DRIHEM|
After giving a broad picture of the continuing deterioration of biodiversity elsewhere in the world and in particular in Morocco, the causes of this degradation and the various conventions approved by the United Nations calling for the preservation of biodiversity, - Commissioner for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification gave the floor to Zouhair Amhaouch, Head of the Division of Parks and Natural Reserves under the Directorate for Combating Desertification and Protection of Nature at the Office of the High Commissioner Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification, which made a communication in which it presented the nature conservation strategy adopted by the HCEFLCD, specifying that the latter is based on three essential pillars, namely: the National System Conservation and wise use of wetlands; and A Management of wildlife.
National System of Protected Areas:
For the intervener, the achievements of the 2005-2014 decade of this strategy can be summed up in the establishment of a National System of Protected Areas which allowed the classification of 7 national parks with the number to 10 with the establishment 30 development and management plans for priority SIBEs and the implementation of 30 programs for the development and development of national parks and priority SIBEs, ecosystem reconstruction, scientific research and monitoring, valorisation of natural and Cultural activities and the implementation of an environmental education and awareness program.
After this, Zouhair Amhaouch emphasized that the 2015-2024 decade aims to ensure that by 2024, Morocco will have a comprehensive and ecologically representative national system of protected areas through the classification of 25 new sites covering the area From 764,000 ha to 3,450,000 ha.
Accordingly, the results of the 2005-2014 decade have been recorded at the level of the wetlands, of which 84 are priority wetlands (54% of SIBE) with the classification of 20 new RAMSAR sites (24 in total) Plans for the management and management of priority wetlands, the implementation of integrated action plans for priority HAs, the development of the national strategy and action plan for HAs, A partnership platform for the education and awareness program (CEPA) and the opening of the wetland inventory, which has nearly 300 sites.
Enrich the Moroccan destination with a specific tourist offer:
For the 2015-2024 decade, the strategy aims to ensure that in 2024, Moroccan wetlands will be managed in an integrated and sustainable way while ensuring the improvement of their ecological heritage and ecosystem services by the inclusion of 30 new Ramsar sites. Thus, by 2020, the extinction of threatened species will be avoided by the implementation of action plans for the conservation of wildlife and its habitats and in this sense, he added, the action plan Raptors and follow-up of certain felines such as sand cat, lynx, and CR and EN reptiles are being developed.
The Head of the Parks and Natural Reserves Division also wanted to present the national sustainable tourism strategy followed by the HCEFLCD at the level of natural areas whose main objective is to enrich the Moroccan destination with a specific tourist offer "Protected areas" Which respects the challenges of conserving biodiversity and enhancing ecosystem services for the benefit of local populations.
This national strategy for Sustainable Tourism in Natural Areas covers the development and equipment of natural areas, the development of value chains related to ornithological tourism, fisheries tourism and vision tourism, socio-economic development for the benefit of local populations and And the development of nature animation programs and visitor awareness.
education and awareness program:
In conclusion, Zouhair Amhaouch emphasized the role of civil society in the implementation of the National Strategy for Biodiversity through an education and awareness program on protected species and laws The fight against illegal trade (through denunciation, surveillance and investigation), the fight against illegal hunting and fishing with hunting associations and associations and cooperatives of fishermen; The Species Census and Monitoring Program and the Program for the Ecodevelopment and Exploitation of Local Products and the Valorisation of Wetlands (birwatching, no kill fisheries, sustainable aquaculture).
A discussion with the press representatives present at the workshop was opened to allow journalists to ask their questions and those responsible at the level of the HCEFLCD in charge of conservation and protection of biodiversity to answer them for more information. Clarifications and explanations.
It should also be noted that the diversity of species, ecosystems and landscapes promotes tourism and economic growth, and reciprocally, a well-managed tourism sector can help reduce threats to biodiversity and maintain or even increase key populations of wildlife Thanks to the revenue generated. According to the United Nations, the theme of this International Day of Biodiversity is an opportunity to highlight the importance of the contribution of sustainable tourism to both economic growth and the conservation and sustainable use of Biodiversity is increasingly being recognized as an invaluable global asset for present and future generations, but some human activities continue to drastically reduce the number of species.