Morocco Wetland Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2024 was launched in Tangier on 7 February. Some of the highlights of the action plan are:
- The inclusion of 30 new Moroccan wetlands in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (the Ramsar List);
- Implementation of 60 priority integrated wetland restoration action plans;
- Raising awareness campaigns reaching 50,000 people per year within the framework of the nature animation program for wetlands;
- The development of 4 sustainable value chains for wetlands: fishing tourism, integrated aquaculture bird watching, artisanal fisheries.
The National Strategy was prepared in response to Morocco’s international commitments under international conventions, such as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The different axes of the strategy are also correlated with the targets of the MedWet Framework for Action 2016-2030. The strategy aims to improve the heritage values and ecological functions of wetlands, promote governance and coordination mechanisms between public policies affecting wetlands, and increase knowledge of these areas and the mechanisms for their sharing.
The strategy benefits from a joint contribution by several organizations: GREPOM/BirdLife Morocco, the Scientific Institute (Mohammed V University of Rabat), Moroccan wetland experts, and international partners, notably the French Conservatoire du Littoral, the Mediterranean Wetlands Initiative (MedWet), and Tour du Valat, which will be involved in some aspects of the implementation of the strategy.
See http://www.ramsar.org/news/morocco-launches-its-national-wetlands-strategy-2015-2024 for more details
See the Full text of the National Wetlands Strategy 2015-2024 (in French language).