Written by: Fatima Zahra Laaribi
In the frame of preparations for the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, two of the High Atlas Foundation’s team members, Fatima Zahra Laaribi and Ibtissam Niri, attended a participatory workshop aimed at equal climate justice for men and women, supported by the Finish Embassy in Rabat. Titled «Pour une Justice Climatique intégrant l’égalité des sexes, homme/ femme », this workshop was organized by The Moroccan Volunteer Collective and Argania Association for Culture and Development, Essaouira. The workshop took place in the Handicapped Children Center of Essaouira on 15th October 2016.
The workshop had two purposes: help mobilizing Moroccan women, associations as well as the elected women in the region of Marrakech-Safi to be decision makers or proposing decisions in essential forces in the theme of gender equity and climate change, which particularly affects women. It advocates for an approach in which women and men have an equal voice in decision-making on climate change and broader governance processes and are given equal access to the resources necessary to respond to the negative effects of climate change. It is here where both women’s and men’s needs and knowledge must be taken into account to by climate change policymaking institutions. Also, the training was an opportunity for each association to provide effective solutions for climate change as it affects us all. These negative impacts do not affect us all equally; poor and rural women are left the worst affected. All the solutions and results that were drawn out during this participatory workshop will be formulated as projects and presented during the COP 22to be held in Marrakech from 7thto 18th November 2016.
With the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC right around the corner, the High Atlas Foundation is mobilizing its partnerships, networks and beneficiary community to highlight the extraordinary commitment and actions taken towards sustainable, green practices over the past 15 years.
Trees are an integral part of achieving people’s development. They fortify livelihoods and our planet, they feed and give shelter and they are among the most tangible signs of God’s mercy and love.
From noon next January 16th, on the day that in the US calendar commemorates the life of the pursuit of justice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the High Atlas Foundation (HAF), together with partners and friends, will plant trees at all of its project sites across Morocco.
Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir
In recent decades the Kingdom of Morocco has embarked on a path that fully commits the nation to a development and civil course that is at once progressive and strongly connected to its national identity. The Moroccan model for success - with its core ideals of decentralization, human development, multiculturalism, south-south connectivity, and participatory methods - is essential not only for its own people but also for establishing a viable strategy for the people of Africa, the Middle East, and the world.
University Student and HAF Intern
Conducting interviews with farmers across Morocco has left me in awe of them.
Take for example twenty-three-year-old Najib Charhabili, who received his BA in Arabic last summer from Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech. He hails from the town of Zagora, where his family owns a small field of date palms.
The area around Zagora is very poor, dependent primarily on farming. Aside from dates, crops include wheat and barley as well as almonds, the latter only for local consumption.
A small percentage of income is derived from tourism, with hotels benefitting from the tourists who visit the Drâa oasis, the desert and nearby Kasbahs. Jobs have been created in this way but in general, high unemployment levels force local people to migrate to big cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca and Rabat.
All of this negatively affects agricultural production around Zagora; nobody wants to work in farming and thus if a farmer wishes to hire labour, he needs to be prepared to pay a higher than normal wage.
This is the place Najib calls home; he asserts affectionately that working on the farm as an undergraduate did not detract from his studies.