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Monday 28 April 2014

HRH Princess Lalla Hasna Chairs Meeting Of Monitoring Committee Of Program For Protection Of Marrakech Palm Grove

HRH Princess Lalla Hasna Chairs Meeting Of Monitoring Committee Of Program For Protection Of Marrakech Palm Grove

  HRH Princess Lalla Hasna, Chairwoman of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection chaired, Monday in Marrakech, a meeting of the monitoring committee of the program for the protection and development of Marrakech palm grove

   On this occasion, HRH Princess Lalla Hasna also chaired the signing ceremony of an agreement to rehabilitate "Ghabat Shabaab," a ​​180-ha park in the city.

 Upon her arrival, HRH Princess Lalla Hasna was greeted by Tijani Lhoucine, Deputy Chairman of the Foundation, Hakima El Haite, minister-delegate for the environment, Abdeladim El Hafi, high commissioner for water and forests, and Abdeslam Bekrat, wali of Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz and governor of the province of Marrakech.

   HRH Princess Lalla Hasna was also greeted by Abdellatif Benchrifa, Wali, director-general of local communes, Youness Bathaoui, governor of the province of El Haouz, Fatim-Zahra Mansouri, president of the urban district of Marrakech, Meryem Bensalah, president of the General Confederation of Moroccan Businesses, Mohamed Chaibi, president of the Observatory of the Marrakech Palm Grove.

   Seven years after its launch, the program for the development of the Marrakech palm grove has yielded substantial results. 542,000 seeds were planted, 26 pc more than the goal intended. 8,000 of these palms were planted in the voluntary carbon offset program supported by the major Moroccan businesses, according to the meeting  that brought together various partners of the program.

   The water management and the promotion of renewable energy projects have also made great strides. the Foundation, in collaboration with its partners, is working on an irrigation project of new plantations by recycled water from the sewage treatment plant in Marrakech. A first phase will cover 200,000 palm three on an area of 570 ha   and is expected to save some 725.000 m3 of groundwater.

  For other planting sites that cannot be irrigated by wastewater, wells will be equipped with solar energy. Two are already operational.

  The Foundation works with stakeholders to better protect the Palm Grove in the next town planning blueprint of Marrakech. It also examines turning Oulja, an area in the west part of the city, to a biological and ecological preservation by 2015.

  On this occasion, HRH Princess Lalla Hasna also launched the rehabilitation program of "Ghabat Shabab", known as the Grove of Independence, an area of ​​180 hectares of olive trees near the city. The rehabilitation is part of the "Marrakech City Permanent Renewal Program", launched by HM King Mohammed VI in January 2014.

   The program's agreement was signed by the Foundation and other four partners: State and municipal estate departments, which are co-owners of the land, the general department of local communes (technical, financial support), and the Wilaya which will provide administrative and technical  support to ensure the progress of the project.

   The Foundation has a lot of experience in this type of operation. In fact, "Ghabat Shabab" will be the fifth historic park to be restored by the Foundation after the Exotic Gardens of Bouknadel, Arsat Moulay Abdeslam in Marrakech (2005), Jnane Sbil Park in Fez (2010) and Ermitage Park in Casablanca (2011).

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