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Zineb Sfar

Volontaire, Douar Tizian

 

En tant qu’étudiante à l’Université Privée de Marrakech (UPM), j’ai eu l’occasion de participer à un atelier sur l’environnement avec la Fondation du Haut Atlas pour le Douar de TIZYAN, avec le soutien du Bureau International Océanique, Environnemental et Scientifique des États-Unis.

 

A l’heure de notre arrivé, nous avons eu une grande réception de la part des membres du Douar ce qui nous a donné de l’énergie pour commencer notre travail au premier atelier avec les élèves. Cet atelier était sur le thème de « comment planter les arbres et comment en prendre soin ». C’était une belle connexion entre les élèves et leurs professeurs. Et après, on a tous participer à la plantation du premier arbre dans cette école, avec la participation des élèves, les professeurs, ainsi que quelques membres de l’association AMAL TIZIAN du développement social.

 

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Après avoir savouré un délicieux petit déjeuner avec les enfants, on a passé à une méthode participative pour organiser un atelier environnemental, axé sur les lois environnementales, aussi que l’accord de libre-échange entre le Maroc et les États-Unis. On a utilisés les techniques de la matrice de priorité, pour élire les priorités des différentes obstacles environnementales pour la communauté, et puis avoir quelques solutions. Après tout ça, les participants ont voté pour leurs plus hautes priorités – le premier, de savoir le problème des eaux usées, suivi par le traitement des déchets.

 

Pour conclure ; on peut dire que ce fut une expérience formidable et une initiative sans précédent, puis aboutir à une série des conventions de nature humaine et environnementales.

Rooting for a sustainable future: Combining tree-planting activities and environmental workshops in Morocco

 

The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) is committed to promoting sustainable development, using a participatory-action approach to address challenges identified by communities.  While partnering with community members, local associations, schools, municipal governing bodies, and other stakeholders, HAF believes in the efficacy of sustained communication and meaningful involvement in fostering skills and methods to enact positive change.  Following this model, the HAF team frequently couples tree-planting activities with students with environmental workshops with members of local associations and the community.

 

We are excited to share this video, capturing moments from tree-planting activities and environmental workshops in Morocco at the Bouchane High School-Secondary School complex in Rhamna and the Hassan I High School in Azilal in December 2018. The environmental workshops were led by the HAF team and university volunteers, and made possible thanks to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES).

Morocco Sustainability and Environment News Round-Up 20.12 – 31.12

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Manon Burbidge

Lund University, Sweden

HAF Inter- Marrakech

 

French Development Agency Lends €50 Million to Improve Moroccan Water Supply

The Moroccan Electricity and Drinking Water Bureau (ONEE) received €50m to implement a drinking water resilience project in Morocco’s northern provinces, including Al-Hoceima, Driouch and Taounate. The project will strengthen water production, increase storage autonomy and improve performance of supply facilities.

The project will benefit 300,000 people, and comes alongside another development grant of €20m by the French Agency to improve resilience of agriculture to climate change and combat desertification in Errachidia province.

Read more: http://northafricapost.com/26899-french-agency-extends-morocco-e50-million-loan-to-improve-water-supply.html

 

Waste of Citrus Fruits in Morocco Related to Overproduction

2018 saw the overproduction of over 60,000 tons of excess citrus fruits in Morocco, left to rot by the roadside, largely a result of good weather conditions. This glut flooded the market and led to a high reduction in price.

As new plantations go into production, it seems that distribution and valuation of product lags behind. The export market reached only 50% of its objective- only 650,000 tons of fruit were exported in 2017-18, despite the target being set at 1.2 million tons.

Some reasons for this deficit are a lack of operational processing facilities, the time needed to adapt production to international quality compliance and the lack of provision of financial support to small farmers.

Read more: https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9056699/morocco-big-waste-of-citrus-fruits/

 

Morocco Urged to take Action to Promote Amazigh Language

A UN special rapporteur has urged Morocco to “adopt a comprehensive anti-racial discrimination legislative framework”, expressing concern that there is no adopted legislation to implement the constitutional recognition of Tamazight as an official language. She highlighted the lack of adequate Amazigh language facilities, certified interpreters, its integration into education and administrative institutions, and into documents such as passports.

Although she commended Moroccan constitutional provisions which prohibit discrimination, guaranteeing non-citizen rights and promote equality, the human rights approach that Morocco has adopted with regards to migration, and the assurance of the rights of Moroccan Jews, the UN report notes the marginalisation and discrimination that Amazigh communities continue to face, including limited access to infrastructure and state support.

Read more: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/12/261267/un-expert-action-against-racism-amazigh-morocco/

 

Funding Granted for Moroccan Wind Farm

The developers of the 850Mw land based wind farm, located in Midelt, have stated that they are ready to commence the first phase of its project, which enable Morocco to offset 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Morocco has a target to generate 52% of its total electricity usage from renewables.

The new facility is expected to produce enough energy to power a city the size of Agadir, home to 500,000 people.

Read more: https://www.enr.com/articles/46125-morocco-first-phase-wind-energy-project-secures-funds

 

Combatting Violence Against Women in Mohammedia

An EU-funded programme, South III, organised a workshop last week at the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences in Mohammedia, on the theme of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. The programme, running from 2018-2020 aims to reinforce human rights, rule of law and democracy to combat all forms of violence against women.

A range of stakeholders gathered to openly discuss mechanisms to prevent such violence, as well as how to protect victims.

Read more: https://www.euneighbours.eu/en/south/stay-informed/news/morocco-eu-funded-programme-raises-awareness-combating-violence-against

مبادرة التحسيس البيئي في الوسط الصحي بسيدي الزوين

بقلم: إبراهيم بحماني الراعي

مراكش
 
 

نظمت جمعية الوفاء بمنطقة سيد الزوين بالشراكة مع مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير وجمعية الأيادي الصادقة بمراكش وجمعية قدماء تلاميذ الثانوية الإعدادية الماوردي وبدعم من قبل مكتب المحيطات والشؤون البيئية والعلمية الدولية، مكتب العلوم في وزارة الخارجية الأمريكية (OES). نشاطا بيئيا متميزا يخص عملية تشجير فضاء المركز الصحي بسيد الزوين، والذي يبعد بمسافة 36 كم عن مدينة مراكش باتجاه اكادير.

 

جاءت هذه المبادرة من أجل تحسين الوضع البيئي للمركز الصحي من خلال خلق مساحة خضراء وسط المؤسسة، بالإضافة الى تشجيع جهود الأطر الطبية القائمة على تقديم الخدمات الصحية لساكنة المنطقة،

في بداية البرنامج تم التطرق الى الوضعية الراهنة للوضع الصحي للمركز المذكور باعتباره قبلة لساكنة سيد الزوين البالغ عددهم 15 ألف نسمة وعدد من الدواوير المجاورة له، فمن خلال الحديث مع بعض العاملين بالمؤسسة وبعض الساكنة تم تسجيل مجموعة من المشاكل التي تشير الى مدى المعاناة التي يكابدها السكان للاستفادة من الخدمات الصحية والاسعافات المستعجلة.

 

كما وقفنا على البئر الارتوازي المتواجد داخل المركز الصحي وهو بعمق 80 متر لكن يبقى الاستفادة منه غير متاحة حاليا نظرا لانعدام مضخة الماء، وستتكفل احدى جمعيات المجتمع المدني بتكاليف المضخة لاستغلال المياه في سقي المساحات الخضراء.

 

وبعد تناول وجبة الفطور مع أهالي المنطقة المضيافة داخل الخيمة المغربية التقليدية التي تحمل الألوان الطبيعية ورموز التراث المغربي الأصيل، شرعنا في عملية غرس الأشجار في المساحة المتواجدة بمدخل المركز التي تبلغ 100 متر مربع، وقد شهدت عملية الغرس مشاركة كامل اطياف الساكنة من مختلف الاعمار كبارا وصغارا ذكورا واناثا، وذلك بهدف نشر الثقافة البيئية وسط المجتمع وتحميل الساكنة روح المسؤولية المشتركة للحفاظ على هذا الفضاء الصحي.

 

وفي ثاني فقرة من فقرات هذه الزيارة الميدانية قادنا أعضاء جمعية الوفاء الى مدرسة سيدي الزوين القرآنية وهي أهم المدارس العلمية العتيقة وأكثرها شهرة وأجلها خدمة لكتاب الله في المنطقة، وربما في المغرب كله، أسسها محمد الزوين (الذي يرجع نسبه الى الصحابي عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه ) في منتصف القرن الثالث عشر الهجري (التاسع عشر الميلادي) بهدف العناية بالقرآن الكريم حفظا وفهما  عن طريق الروايات العشر، بالإضافة الى علوم التفسير والحديث والنحو، حيث بنى الشيخ بيوتا من الطين والقصب لإيواء الطلبة، كما كان يعتمد على ما يقدمه سكان القبائل المجاورة من أعشار وهبات وما يقدمه الوافدون من صدقات لإطعام الطلبة، وقد اعيد تهيئة المدرسة وترميمها من طرف الملك الحسن الثاني بنفقته الخاصة.

 

بعد وفاة الشيخ تحمل أبناؤه واحفاده مسؤولية تسيير شؤون المدرسة التي ذاع صيتها في المغرب، الى غاية سنة 1991 ونظرا للإقبال الكبير للطلبة أصبحت المدرسة تابعة لوزارة الأوقاف والشؤون الإسلامية التي قامت بتشييد مبنى جديد في محيط المدرسة، ويدرس فيها حاليا 400 طالب، يستفيدون من مجانية التعليم والمأكل والمشرب والمبيت، ويشارك حفدة الشيخ في خدمة القرآن الكريم من خلال تحضير الخبز يوميا لهؤلاء الطلبة.

 

وفي آخر فقرة من فقرات هذا البرنامج تم تكريم الأطر الطبية العاملة بالمركز الصحي تشجيعا وتقديرا لمجهوداتهم المبذولة، وفي سبيل خدمة الصحة العمومية، كما تم تكريم كل الفاعلين الجمعويين ورجال الاعلام الذين ساهموا في نجاح هذا البرنامج، كما شمل التكريم كذلك الأعضاء المتطوعين في مؤسسة الاطلس الكبير القادمين من دول الجزائر وفلسطين واسبانيا. وأخيرا كل الشكر والامتنان لمؤسسة الاطلس الكبير وشركائها على رأسهم مكتب المحيطات والشؤون البيئية والعلمية الدولية، مكتب العلوم في وزارة الخارجية الأمريكية (OES) على دعمهم لمثل هذه المبادرات البيئة الهامة.

 

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إبراهيم بحماني الراعي ـ الجزائر ـ 

متطوع في مؤسسة الاطلس الكبير

المغرب 28 دجنبر 2018

Tree-planting at the Central Hospital of Sidi Zouine

Aitana Arias, HAF volunteer

 

Members of the HAF team had the chance to visit the Central Hospital of Sidi Zouine and get involved with the village community. HAF has previously planted trees in schools but this time we had the chance to plant trees at a hospital yard for a good reason: to make patients feel welcome and to beautify the space. We also learned about the hospital conditions.

 

HAF collaborated with the Association El Wafa, who helped to organize the event together with the Secondary School Parents’ Association, from the village of Sidi Zouine. The press was also invited to capture all the moments of the event.

 

       image1  image2                       Members of HAF and collaborating associations                   The hospital’s yard before the tree-planting                                             speaking before the tree-planting

 

Mustafa Amajgal, President of the Association El Wafa, showed us around the hospital. At the back of the hospital, they count on a well that serves as a water reservoir and the well is 85m deep with 30m filled with water. They informed us that the hospital moved from one building to the current one eight years ago. The hospital also has small buildings, which were meant to be for the nurses, but they are currently not in a good condition to serve as housing for them. They wish to have the resources to fix them soon, but they have other priorities at the moment, such as employing more doctors and nurses to serve their patients. 

 

Currently, the typical number of patients per doctor is 7,000 in Morocco; however, the Central Hospital of Sidi Zouine is facing a big challenge: they have only 1 doctor and 5 nurses to serve 20,000 patients in the area. They are having difficulties to serve their patients with that low number of hospital staff. Many patients - particularly pregnant women waiting to deliver - often suffer terrible consequences before they receive care, according to local people.

 

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                                          Getting ready for tree-planting                                         Children from the village plant

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The Association El Wafa told the members of HAF and its volunteers that the whole community was engaged in the preparation of the planting event the day before and they stayed late in order to have it all prepared.

 

The members of the Secondary School Parents’ Association of Sidi Zouine informed members of HAF that they are interested in planting trees in their school for the children to learn more about the environment. It is a new opportunity for HAF to be involved in another environmental project in the town.

 

After a big breakfast at the hospital’s patio, we started tree planting. HAF provided 50 carob trees, 70 almond trees, and 10 grape vines. The trees were taken from one of HAF’s tree nurseries in Imegdal (Ijoukak commune) the previous day.

 

We were very honored to see kids, teenagers, women, men, and older people from the village participating. Even patients that were visiting the hospital got engaged in the tree planting!  Approximately 65 people from the village were involved.

 

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                       Abdel Ali, community member, and Errachid Montassir,             Members of the community and

                           Project Manager from HAF, planting a carob tree                              kids planting a tree


  

After tree planting, community members invited us to visit the Quranic School Mr Azwain, located in the same village. The school teaches Quran in a traditional way and has 400 students that sleep, eat, and train in the same facility. Even if the school seemed quite new for us (it was rebuilt in 1991) it was originally built in 1897. We were given a tour of the different areas of the school: library, dormitories, classes, an Islamic shrine (darih), and the yard.

 

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                                         Visiting the Quranic School’s library                            The view of the school from one 

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To sum up, we can say that the field visit was a success with the participation and involvement with the community, we learned more about the challenges and lack of resources of a rural hospital and also explored new sites for possible tree-planting. We are looking forward to working again with the hospital and the Association El Wada very soon!  Let us know if you would like to partner with this project and hospital.

 

The field visit was attended by HAF Project Manager Errachid Montassir, Hassam Ait Ouatouch managing operations and volunteers Nisreen Abo-Sido, Brahim Bahmani and Aitana Arias.

 

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