ID 77296
Submitting Entity GEF
Main Information
Title A circular economy approach to agrobiodiversity conservation in the Souss Massa Drâa region of Morocco
Description In the last two decades, the SMD region has suffered increased drought and desertification problems, caused by climate variability and increased human pressure through the removal of vegetation, extensive extraction of natural resources, over-farming and over-grazing. Unsustainable agricultural practices, limited market opportunities and private investments have contributed to further degradation of the resource base in the SMD region and exacerbating the linkages between poverty and environmental degradation and biodiversity loss in this particular case. The region would require innovative approaches to conservation and further capacity to overcome technical, institutional, policy and legal bottlenecks to ensure sustainable development paths through a circular economy approach. The characteristics of the SMD region (rich diversity of the local and endemic products and the local know-how) could be a trigger for successful models on payments for environmental services and sustainable models for rural development. 
The proposed project approach is based on the circular economy concept and aims to contribute to efforts targeting sustainable management of the natural resource base and agro-biodiversity resources of the SMD region. The project will target the poverty-biodiversity degradation nexus through the conservation of agro-biodiversity and the promotion of the “produits de terroir” through payments for ecosystem services in the SMD region. The project will be investment-orienetd and will focus its efforts of identified products of local and global importance such as Argan (argania spinosa), dates, figs, saffron rose and honey.
Web Link /doc/case-studies/inc/cs-inc-morocco-pes-en.pdf
Additional Information
Countries Morocco
Ecosystems Dry and Sub-Humid Lands Biodiversity
Regions Africa
Incentive Measures Positive Incentives (subsidies, tax breaks, ...)
Indirect Incentives (property rights, market creation)
Keywords Eco-labelling and certification
Payments for ecosystem services