Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean (RBIM)
|Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean|
The Tangier-Med project is one of the Kingdom's major development projects. Its impact on the development of Northern Morocco, and indeed the country as a whole, is immense. This major project, carried out in stages, entered its operational phase in 2007. His Majesty the King inaugurated the project on July 37, 2007.
The project site is a strategic location on the Strait of Gibraltar. It is also partly located in the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean between Spain and Morocco, considered an important area of communication between Africa and Europe, a location characterized by strategic socio-cultural exchange with outstanding natural and cultural heritage and tourist attractions.
This biosphere reserve is unique in its kind because it spans two continents, Africa and Europe, covering nearly one million hectares divided almost equally on both sides of the Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain. In October 2006, the UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Committee classified it as a biosphere reserve.
The Moroccan area, located in the heart of the Tingitane peninsula, partly covers the provinces of Chefchaouen, Tetouan, Larache, Ouezzane, Fahs-Anjra, M'diq-Fnideq, and Tangier-Assilah. It contains important ecosystems, such as Talassemtane National Park, Jbel Bnou Hashem, Jbel Moussa, Smir lagoon, etc.