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TREES FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING

by Rachael Diniega Peace Corps Morocco Volunteer   My town’s middle and high school campus with olive trees Fifty trees for the middle and high school, and over one hundred trees for the elementary school, equaling more than 150 chances for youth in my town to dig in the soil, care for another living organism,

TREE BIEN! A FEW FINAL WORDS ON MY INTERNSHIP WITH HAF

Manon Burbidge Lund University HAF Intern – Marrakech   As the sun sets on my three months with the High Atlas Foundation in Marrakech, I return to the experiences I have had, the lessons I have learned and the people I have met. My first two weeks were jam-packed with field visits and outings to

MOROCCO ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY NEWS ROUND-UP: 10TH-18TH JANUARY

Manon Burbidge Lund University HAF Intern – Marrakech Morocco to Invest $14bn in Renewable Energy Morocco is working towards achieving its goal of 52% renewable energy by 2030 by putting $14bn of investment into the renewable energy sector. Included amongst larger scale projects are installations of off-grid solar capacity which will reach 1000 rural villages

PRESS RELEASE: TREE PLANTING DAY PROVIDES ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT ACROSS MOROCCO

French version Arabic version MEDIA RELEASE                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday 17th January 2019 Tree Planting Day provides economic, social and environmental development across Morocco Moroccan communities are being invited to plant thousands

AN OPEN SPACE FOR OPEN MINDS

Celina Boehmer, HAF Intern   This week, part of the HAF-Team is travelling from Marrakech to Fes and then to Midelt area to collect and distribute 7100 trees to local communities. Our first stop was Fes, where we picked up the 7100 trees for the communities. We arrived in Fes and went to the Abdelaziz

WHO LIKES TRASH?

Celina Boehmer HAF Intern (from Germany)   I was excited about my first field visit and about getting to know what the High Atlas Foundation’s work looks like in action, because before starting my internship, I only saw the social media posts, blog articles, and photos. This day, we didn’t travel long, as we went

TAKE CREDITED DEVELOPMENT AND ARABIC LANGUAGE COURSES WITH HAF AND THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA: ENGAGE IN APPLIED LEARNING THIS SUMMER IN MARRAKECH

   Under the auspices of the University of Virginia, the High Atlas Foundation’s President, Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir, will lead a four-credit academic internship program from May 27th to July 19th in Marrakech on the practical and theoretical dimensions of participatory development. While completing internships at the HAF and engaging in related coursework, students will facilitate communities’ planning of projects

HAPPY TO BE IN AMMAN WITH MEMBERS OF CIVIL SOCIETY

Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D. President High Atlas Foundation   I had such a memorable day today in Amman, Jordan, thanks to the Bureau of Oceans,  International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), with whom the High Atlas Foundation has a grants program to benefit local civil associations in this stunning country of thoroughly deep, even biblical, historical culture. I

PARTICIPTORY ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOPS FOR LWIDAN RURAL COMMUNE, HAF AND OES

Errachid Montassir HAF project The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) and the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) continue to spread the vision of protecting the environment amongst the next generation, with the presence of Moroccan civil society members. Lwidan rural commune in Marrakech region was our stop this time, where we

BUILDING GABIONS AND FOSTERING AUTONOMY IN TASSA OUIRGANE

By Nisreen Abo-Sido, HAF Volunteer, Thomas J. Watson Fellow   Last week, I joined HAF Project Manager, Amina El Hajjami, and an engineer from Agence du Bassin Hydrauliques on a visit to Tassa Ouirgane village to assess the feasibility of constructing gabions along the river for flood-prevention.  A member of the local association guided us and explained

LA VIE EN VERT

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

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. 

MOROCCO SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENT NEWS ROUND-UP 20.12 – 31.12

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

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

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

LAST MOMENTS TO SUPPORT HAF IN 2018!

Greetings Friends,   Here we have a final moment in 2018 where we can give to uplift the course of families, communities, schools, cooperatives, women’s groups, and youth. Morocco is creating opportunities for its people by encouraging through its policies and programs public participation in all aspects of development. For local communities of the nation

THE COMMUNITIES IN DRAA TAFILALET DESERVE THEIR OWN FRUIT TREE NURSERY

By Said El Bennani Project Manager   Crossing the High Atlas Mountains—from Marrakech to Ouarzazate—to get to the Ighrem N’Ougdal commune, the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) decided with the Jewish community in Morocco and all of the local authorities to start planning the first fruit tree nursery in the Draa Tafilalet region. This follows the

MOROCCAN COMMUNITIES ENGAGE IN ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT

By Said El Bennani Project Manager Traveling to the Bouchan commune was my first field visit with the High Atlas Foundation (HAF), when I was a volunteer in 2016. I had the chance again this year to take part in the tree-planting event and an environmental workshop with local farmers from the same village at

FRAMING THE HUMANITARIAN ACTION & YOUTH ENGAGEMENT – HAF IN QATAR

Errachid Montassir HAF project manager   At present, the world community has limited options for responding to humanitarian crises. It’s time to engage more the youth in building plans in order to create a collective commitment of key actors to ensure that the priorities and rights of communities around the world affected by disaster, conflict,

EXPLORING CARBON CREDIT POTENTIALS TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

By Nisreen Abo-Sido, HAF Volunteer, Thomas J. Watson Fellow   Last week, HAF President Yossef Ben-Meir, program assistant Hassan Ait Ouatouch, a couple of forestry engineers and I visited farmers and community leaders in the villages of Aghbalou and Anamer, and in the Azilal Province to discuss the potential of carbon credits to support development

MOROCCAN MULTICULTURALISM EXEMPLIFIED IN ESSAOUIRA

  Yossef Ben-Meir, Ph.D. Marrakech Today we had a great meeting with the director of the Cultural Delegation in Essaouira, Zhor Amhaouch. We had the opportunity to discuss together the project to restore a Franciscan church, which will not only preserve the historic, diverse, and magnificent cultural heritage of Morocco, but also create human development

AN EXPERIENTIAL CONFERENCE THAT ELEVATED HAF’S WORK

Yossef Ben-Meir HAF President   The High Atlas Foundation (HAF)–partnering with the Holling’s Center for International Dialogue (DC/Istanbul) and the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research at the University of Central Florida–hosted a conference from November 15th-17th for the community and government partners, other thought leaders, and the staff and volunteers of HAF. 

ورشات بيئية لفائدة ساكنة جماعة ايت الطالب بإقليم الرحامنة

عبدالهادي كستيح متطوع بمؤسسة الأطلس الكبير   يأتي الصباح ليذكرنا بإشراقة جميلة ويوم جديد ويعطينا أمل جديد للاستمرار في تحقيق أهداف نبيلة.  بصفتي متطوع مع مؤسسة الاطلس الكبير حظيت بشرف الانضمام الي ورشة بيئية لفائدة ساكنة دوار أعربات رفقة مجموعة من طلاب الجامعة الخاصة بمراكش وتحت اشراف مؤسسة الاطلس الكبير وبدعم من المكتب الدولي للمحيطات و

FRUIT FOR CENTURIES

By Yossef Ben-Meir HAF President   I remember in the mid-90s when I had the great fortune to be a Peace Corps Volunteer and live with the village communities of the Toubkal municipality in the High Atlas Mountains.  The people expressed how fruit tree revenue far outweighed what they generated from growing barley and corn

FULFILLING MOROCCAN ENVIRONMENTALISM AND GLOBAL TARGETS

by Errachid Montassir Project Manager   Today, we gathered with schoolchildren from Aarabat primary school, members of the community, and Private University of Marrakech (UPM) students for our second Bureau of Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs (OES) workshop this week.  On this beautiful morning, the community, schoolchildren, teachers, and local association members welcomed us warmly, making us extremely

MOROCCO ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS ROUND-UP 26TH NOVEMBER- 14TH DECEMBER

Manon Burbridge Lund University, Sweden Marrakech   Morocco Loses $174m Annually Due to Climate Change The Global Climate Risk Index 2019, published on 27th November, revealed that over the period 1998-2017, Morocco lost $174m annually due to climatic hazards, considerably impacting GDP. It also ranks 124th in the world for countries facing climate risk and 108th for climate-related

Action on Migration at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Marrakech

Manon Burbidge Lund University, Sweden Marrakech   On the morning of 6th December 2018, I got the chance to attend a panel at the 11th Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD), this year hosted in Marrakech, Morocco.  The core theme was focussed on “Honouring International Commitments to Unlock Potential of All Migrants for Development” and was the

Tree-planting event at Albayrat primary school

by Nisreen Abo-Sido, HAF volunteer, Thomas J. Watson Fellow   Over the weekend, part of the HAF team visited a primary school in Rhamna to check in with community leaders, distribute 140 fruit trees, and join in the excitement of playing and planting with energetic children and volunteers.  Activity organizers welcomed us with warm bread

The Moroccan Schools as Bridge to the Communities

By Said EL Bennani Project Manager     The beauty of Morocco exists not only in the big cities but also in the charming villages of the countryside. Many villages and residential communities are scattered along the Atlas Mountain range, from the south-west of the country to the far east, and the activities vary from

الانخراط في التعلم التجريبي في الأطلس الكبير بالمغرب

إحتضن فندق قصبة أنغور بتحناوت – مراكش- في الفترة الممتدة من 14 الى 18 نوفمبر 2018م مؤتمر استطلاع الخبرات والتجارب بعنوان: مؤسسة الأطلس الكبير نموذج للمقاربة التشاركية من أجل الزراعة المستدامة: إنجازات وتحديات لتلبية أهداف طويلة الأمد على المستويات المجتمعية والإقليمية، وكان المؤتمر برعاية مركز هولينغز للحوار الدولي وبرنامج الأمير محمد بن فهد للأبحاث والدراسات