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Strengthening local capacity for conservation in Morocco
Wed, Oct 10, 2012
Over the past three years, BirdLife International, through a mandate given to SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife Partner in Spain), has been implementing a national capacity development process to develop the capacity of a national NGO in Morocco, GREPOM (Group for Research and Protection Birds in Morocco by its French acronym) hoping that it will lead on the BirdLife programmes in Morocco to help conserve biodiversity there. This is part of a transition process towards the representation of BirdLife in Morocco, and away from the current BirdLife Morocco Country Programme. The desired end, in line with BirdLife operations elsewhere in the world, is to have a strong, committed and credible national NGO representing BirdLife as a member of the BirdLife Partnership.
A key milestone in the process was achieved on Saturday, September 8th in Rabat, when the General Assembly of GREPOM unanimously ratified the amendment of the bylaws that allows it to be eligible for joining the BirdLife Partnership. The new approved statutes enable the organization to adopt a professional structure, which will enable it to progressively assume responsibility for the work done so far by the office of SEO/BirdLife in Morocco (BirdLife International Morocco Country Programme).
The event, attended by SEO/BirdLife´s CEO, Asuncion Ruiz, the Acting Head of the International Department, Ramon Martí, and the international team of SEO/BirdLife (MCP), was attended by about 80 GREPOM members. Dr Mohammed Dakki, GREPOM’s President, presented GREPOMS’s new strategy, which is aligned to the BirdLife International strategy, based on four pillars: preventing extinction of the most threatened bird species, conserving natural areas and habitats, promoting sustainability and improving the livelihood conditions of local people.
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Breeding avifauna of the Jbel Saghro (Anti-Atlas, Morocco), a detached Mediterranean upland bordering the Sahara, 30-31°N / 5-6°W
Jbel Saghro mountain is located in the Anti-Atlas with an elevation of 2712 m, where we can find large areas of steppe on the slopes and peneplained summits, and numerous cliffs and rocky steepness. The vegetation is limited to a few relict of Juniperus thurifera groves that still survive in the northern summit slopes, riverine vegetation, and orchards. As no systematic ornithological surveys have been undertaken during the nesting season, little was then known about the breeding bird populations in Jbel Saghro. This gap was filled by our field trips carried out during spring 2004 and 2005 in a project aiming the conservation of biodiversity through maintaining the nomadic livestock breeding. The ornithological study revealed a rich and diverse breeding population (88 species, 62 of which are resident and 26 migratory). Among this population we can find Saharan, Mediterranean, and even central European species; although the majority of the species belongs to the steppes, the tree and cliff dwellers are also well represented. Several species of the latter two ecological categories occur in this area at their southern limit of their Western Palearctic range. These populations are often smaller and isolated from the more numerous populations of Northern Morocco which make them particularly vulnerable.
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