By Yasyn Mouhir
By Yasyn Mouhir
Marrakech – ?The Moroccan Association for Ecotourism and Nature Protection recently inaugurated a school of Environmental Education and Ecotourism at Ras El Ma in Ifrane.
The Association established the school as part of its efforts to promote economic tourism of aqua-cultural biodiversity for contribution to the preservation of water resources in the national parks of Ifrane and in the Oriental High Atlas.
The Association signed a partnership agreement two years ago for this effort with the Regional Directorate of the High Commission for Water and Forests to fight against the desertification of the Middle Atlas, and with the provincial delegation of the Ministry of Education in Ifrane.
On the first opening day of the School, students of rural Senoual (an area deep in the mountains of Middle Atlas) visited to help the students discover the richness, biodiversity, and aqua-cultural life in Ifrane National Park.
The day’s program also included a guided ecological journey and workshops of sources and over the edges of Ras El Ma river in the forest and the local fish farming station.
Such activities fall within the scope of the third phase of an educational program initiated in 2013/2014 by the Moroccan Association for Ecotourism and Nature Protection, the Regional Directorate of the High Commission for Water and Forests and Anti-desertification, and the provincial delegation of the Ministry of National Education in Ifrane.
According to the Association, the program will be run this year in the new School of Environmental Education and Ecotourism and its educational system with the participation of 37 rural schools and three urban eco-schools.