Morocco’s Tazekka National Park is a Model of Conservation

Morocco attracts over 10 million tourists each year. Many tourists arrive from Europe and America to buy beautiful handicrafts in Marrakesh or Fez, or to the see Africa’s largest mosque in Casablanca, or for health and wellness tours in Zagora or Agadir. Learn more: https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/a-closer-look-at-a-south-african-conservancy-experience/

 

But this North African nation is also a great destination for the conservationist in all of us. Forests make up only 8 percent of the national territory of this mostly semi-arid country. Yet, the government has made a concerted effort to conserve its forests as a part of its Vision 2020 plan for sustainability and ecotourism. Learn more: http://wildark.com/journal/

 

There are eleven national parks in the North African of Morocco. The first park, Toubkal National Park, was established in 1942 and is the most visited.

 

Tazekka National Park has the most impressive record of conservation. It sits on a patch on the top of the Atlas Mountain range. The park which was created in 1950 initially contained a 1450-acre patch of land with the idea of preserving a unique grove of cedar trees. The Cedrus Atlantica is indigenous to the Atlas Mountains and is believed to descend from the cedars of Lebanon. The park is now almost 32,000 acres and features cork oak, holm oak, and other indigenous trees. The flora growth has made it a birdwatchers retreat. Learn more: http://wildark.com/study-the-wild/

 

Because of its commitment to conservation, Morocco now has the largest number of Atlas cedars in the world. In contrast, neighboring Algeria has seen a dramatic loss of the Atlas cedar trees.

 

WildArk is a haven for conservationists seeking to protect and expand the world’s biodiversity founded by Mark and Sophie Hutchinson. Its calling is to inspire others to visit and protect green belts around the world.

 

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