Ecosystem services in Morocco: quantification, mainstreaming and the involvement of the private sector
As of: January 2021
Morocco has a great diversity of ecosystems, which represent an important livelihood for the (rural) population – but economic development, demographic growth, climate change and urbanisation are leading to a sharp increase in pressure on natural resources and biodiversity. The project helps Morocco to recognise the value of biodiversity and its ecosystems for the population and the economy – and to integrate it into sector policies and planning. On this basis, (economic) incentives and instruments are created with the aim of preserving biodiversity. The project works closely with the private sector, strengthening Morocco’s capacities for the utilisation and conservation of biological diversity and its ecosystem services.
State of implementation/results
- Support of the Division for Environment for the institutionalization of the Biodiversity Steering Committee: The draft decree to establish the National Commission for Climate Change and Biodiversity was approved by the Government Council at the beginning of February 2020. However, the nomination of the members the Commission is still pending.
- Support of the project for the development of the Moroccan position for the global CBD Framework Convention on Biological Diversity after 2020 (through an intensive, national-wide stakeholder process).
- IPBES: Support of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment in organizing the 8th IPBES meeting that will take place early 2021 in Morocco.
- Cooperation with the Regional Council in Souss Massa to review its development plan and integrate indicators on biodiversity and ecosystem services.