Unesco Green Citizens

Safeguarding Local Communities’ Heritage

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Project begin: 11/11/2016

Through training and local know-how, inhabitants of the large palm grove outside Marrakesh are determined to save their ecosystem and manage their own resources.

Leading organisation: Mohammed VI Foundation for environmental protection
Covered Countries: Morocco
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development
Sub-themes: Agriculture, Climate change, Environment, Forests and desertification, Natural disasters risk reduction, Natural disasters risk reduction, Natural resource management
Tag: #Africa #Women #Youth
Selection: 2020/2021
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As a result of desertification, more and more people were forced to leave the Palmeraie (giant palm oasis), near Marrakech, to look for work. So, the local inhabitants decided to take action and, in 2007, they launched a community conservation plan. Piloted by a sustainable development education team, the project relies on the support and energy of local habitants to protect this fragile ecosystem. The aim? Make farmers and communities fully independent by developing new skills to fight desertification and preserve water.

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This independence was made possible through education and, in particular, by sharing local ancestral know-how to create a positive impact on the ecosystem and resource management. The project also focuses on improving the overall level of literacy and environmental awareness. Committed to long-term change, the local citizens have set up a community-run cooperative.

Under the umbrella of the Mohamed VI Foundation for environmental protection, the programme continues to support and provide training for young people, women and farmers.

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