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Monthly Archives: February 2019

The Start of a Five-Day Tree Planting Campaign in Fes, Sefrou, and Meknes

By Youssef Moussaoui HAF Volunteer I have been volunteering for the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) for nearly a month now. Every day is a new experience, and the excitement never seems to end. This time, HAF planned a five-day tree-planting campaign in Fes, Sefrou, Azrou, and Meknes. Project manager Said Bennani and I travelled from

Pmbf Funds Sustainable Development Research Project in Morocco

Peter Jacques, Ph.D., Professor UCF Political Science Department The Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research & Studies (PMBF) has matched funds awarded to UCF Political Science Professor Peter Jacques to conduct a research project looking at sustainable development, water, and food security in Morocco. Jacques, who is partnering with the Marrakesh-based High Atlas

Meeting the Women from the Aboghlou Cooperative in Ourika

by Celina Böhmer HAF intern The weather is getting warmer here in Morocco. The sun is shining the whole day and providing us warmth. Yesterday, HAF project director Amina El Hajjami and I went to visit the Aboghlou Cooperative in Ourika. HAF began working with the women in 2015/16, using a participatory approach and training

Participation and Environmental Education in the South’s Boujdour Province

Errachid Montassir HAF project manager A partnership agreement brought together The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) which works to establish participatory development projects for the Moroccan communities, and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), the world’s second largest wind turbine manufacturer and provides onshore and offshore wind services. Both are dedicated to working with the communities and

The Compounding Benefits of Women’s Empowerment

by Fatima Zahra Laaribi Women’s Empowerment Lead Trainer High Atlas Foundation From February 2016 to the present, 467 women participated in the four-day empowerment workshop conducted by High Atlas Foundation. HAF has achieved this in partnership with the Empowerment Institute, Middle East Partnership Initiative, National Endowment for Democracy, Intrepid Foundation, FRE Skincare and other groups

The Importance of Multi-Stakeholder-Partnerships in the Face of Climate Change

By Kerstin Opfer Operations manager High Atlas Foundation Marrakech We are living in a time, where the humankind faces an unprecedented challenge – it is the warmest it has ever been on earth since human presence. The dangers of climate change are known since the 1980s but a lack of political will and societal awareness

Participating in the Annual Farmer-to-Farmer Implementers Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina

    Participating in the Annual Farmer-to-Farmer Implementers Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina By Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D. President, High Atlas FoundationHere is what I consider a joyful and fulfilling week: 80 or so people gathered from around the world to consider together wide-ranging issues in relation to supporting expert volunteers, for instance how they, cooperatives,

Excursion to the Ourika Valley with Participants of the “Kickoff Conference for Decentralization of Renewable Energy in Morocco”

By Celina Böhmer and Kerstin Opfer Last week the High Atlas Foundation in partnership with Germanwatch, a German NGO dedicated to global equity and people’s livelihoods, conducted a kick-off workshop in Marrakesh with important Moroccan stakeholders of energy and decentralization. This workshop marked the start of the Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) for an African energy transition

“the journey of trees – 7.100 fruit trees from fés to the midelt region for sustainable community development”

by Celina Böhmer, HAF Intern In January, as part of the HAF team, project manager Said and interns Nisreen and myself, travelled from Marrakech to Fés and then to the Mideltarea. To learn about our first days in Fés, have a look atour former blog articles. Trees ready for being planted, donkeys ready for taking the

Eternalizing the Moment on Tree Planting Day

by Sofia d’Ávila Heidenreich Lacerda It was on the beggining of my second week of volunteer work at the High Atlas Foudation and my first time on a field trip with them. I had an incredible experience. On January 21st, the staff from HAF, partners, other volunteers and the local people worked together to make

Tree Planting Activity with Volunteers from Ocp and the Local Association of Anamer for Community Development

The volunteers from OCP, the HAF team and members of the local association planting the first tree together In the front: a carob tree sapling – ready for being planted! by Celina Böhmer, HAF Intern On Tuesday the 29th of January, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) facilitated a tree planting activity for volunteers from OCP and

Programmatic and Other Enduring Memories During My Stay in Jordan

Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D. President, High Atlas Foundation I’ve been back in Marrakech from Amman, Jordan, for about a week now, back into the swing of planting trees as far and wide as our teams and partners can before the end of March. I’ve been thinking about this blog, revisiting the truly beautiful experiences during my five day

Tree Planting Day with Ocp Volunteers in a Setti Fatma Community

by Juliana B. Feltrin HAF Volunteer from Brazil Yesterday, I had another great experience as part of the HAF volunteer team. We left the HAF office around 1:00 p.m. and headed toward the mountains. We arrived in the Setti Fatma commune and the landscape was even more beautiful. It was possible to have a great