Water and Mountains
Project on Participatory and Integrated Watershed Management to Combat Erosion
Project symbol: GCP/MOR/050/SWI
The project on participative and integrated management of watersheds for combatting erosion builds on previous erosion control projects in the area. Having an arid and semi-arid climate prevailing on over 93% of its territory, Morocco is amongst the most affected countries by desertification. Soil erosion and deforestation affect a large area of the country. Due to the extent of these issues, the Moroccan Haut-Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification is adopting measures and policies to address environmental and socio-economic impacts of land degradation.
The project is developing and piloting activities to control erosion in a participatory manner. It is focusing on the implementation of erosion control and forest rehabilitation measures linked to economic development as well as the vulnerability reduction of the region. Furthermore, the project will improve the productivity of the land and reduce the degree of land degradation and risks of floods. Building capacities at institutional and organizational level will support the transition towards more sustainable production systems and reduce the strains on the land. An exemplary approach for the integrated management of watersheds will be developed as a result of the pilot activities. Therefore, the lessons learned in this project will be diffused to capitalize on this project’s example to sustainably manage watersheds in other parts of the world.
More information about the project is available here.