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Eco-hydrological and socio-economical approach for the restoration of the lagoon Merja-Zerga in Morocco

Period: September 2006 till August 2010
Status: Completed

Geographical term: Morocco [Marine Regions]

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  • Universiteit Antwerpen; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Departement Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Ecosysteembeheer (ECOBE), more, partner

The degradation of the natural resources of the coastal lagoon Merja Zerga in Morocco (MZ) is an environmental problem with major impact on the quality of life of the local population. We will use this problem as a model for improving the capacity of the DREME of the ENFI to strengthen its role in monitoring environmental and socio-economical data. These data are needed to support the decision making for environmental protection. Environmental sustainability is the focus,but it cannot be looked at in isolation from economic and social sustainability. In this context, economic, social, and ecological criteria will be defined and the project takes a rather broad perspective by supporting the development of the Integrated Development Planning framework in the region, mainly the implementation of the Management Plan of the MZ reserve which is being developed by the "Haut Commisariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre Ia Desertification", (HCEFLCD) of Morocco. Furthermore, special attention is paid to the extension aspect by implementing the Southern units collaboration with other academic and governmental institutions.

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