The safeguarding and development of the palm grove of Marrakech
|The safeguarding and development of the palm grove of Marrakech|
The Kingdom of Morocco has an exceptional ecological, cultural and landscape heritage, of which one of the jewels is a chain of oases, although it lost almost half of its oasis within a century. Morocco has implemented a national policy to protect these ecological treasures and a program to mitigate their destruction.
In 1929 a Royal Dahir classified the Marrakech palm grove for its landscape, culture and historical interest. It draws its strength from the Tensift river, a river system, and khettaras, although all ills that affect the Moroccan oasis heritage are concentrated in the Marrakech palm grove.
Given this situation and as part of the overall policy, His Majesty King Mohammed VI, entrusted Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, Chair of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, through a Royal message, with the mission of uniting all the many stakeholders involved in this mission and catalyze their efforts to ensure the Protection and Development of the Marrakech Palm Grove.
Thus, the effective launch of the Program for the Protection and Development of the Palm Grove, by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, Chair of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, took place on March 19, 2007 in Marrakech during a public ceremony involving large numbers of partners united around this project.