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Environment & Ethical Tourism in Morocco

Morocco Travel Information: Environmental & Ethical Tourism in Morocco
Since the year 2000, many of the new resorts built in Moroccowere done so involving sustainable development methods and with an emphasis on protecting the environment. This resulted in a more friendly policy of having environmental and ethical tourism respected in Morocco.
As tourism has become a leading industry in Morocco, Morocco has begun to pay attention to the critical issues of how to sustain tourism yet keep the impact on Morocco’s environment to a minimum. Ethical tourism combined with Responsible travel in Morocco is essential.
One way Morocco is proactive in protecting its environment is through its planting programs. Every year two million palm trees are planted and distributed throughout the south with an aim to deter the effects of the developing golf courses and hotels. Visiting places like the Oasis of Fint in Southern Morocco which boasts beautiful palms or the lush palmary of Marrakech gives any Moroccan traveler a true sense of its aim to maintain greenry. Although golf courses and hotels are important to the growth of tourism, building them uses a large amount of water. Without taking the proper precaution they could potentially be destructive to Morocco’s environment. Attune to these issues, Jiwad Ziyat, Morocco’s Director of Tourism and others involved in Morocco’s Development and Investment board are working hard to address these concerns in Morocco.
Recently, Morocco has also become an active participant in environmental conferences. In 2002,Fes hosted the Travel Association’s sixth Conference on Cultural Heritage and Ecotourism. Furthermore, in Essaourira the WorldLife Fund has been working with local organizations and communities to sustain use of forest products such as oil, honey and thuya (a unique conifer tree related to cedar which grows in only one specific region of Morocco) products.
All along Morocco’s 2,250 miles of Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines you will find well preserved towns with clean air and pristine beaches. The eniviroment and attitude of of Morocco dictates its travelers responding to a code of ethical and responsible tourism.  Since 2006, the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment has been working to improve marine life and deter the environmental costs of tourism in beach areas by rewarding local communities, organizations and businesses that made efforts to improve beach quality with awards called Plages Propres.
Ouarzazateis a desert town in Southern Morocco that is known for having dry, clean air because of its mountain ranges and proximity to the Sahara desert. For this reason, as recent news suggests, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has decided to build a desert palace here. Ouarzazate’s temperate climate and dry air is conducive for those who suffer from asthma or a dry cough. This orange city of the Zagora region, famous for it studio of cinema and Kasbahs, is less populated then other parts of the country.
Morocco was one of the first developing countries that ratified the Kyoto Protocol and in 2003; Morocco developed a national strategy aimed at caring for the environment. Morocco’s National Action Plan includes 25 projects relating to renewable energies, reducing wasting of energy, promoting energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions over the next decade.
Despite new efforts to sustain the environment and new planting programs, pollution, desertification, overgrazing and deforestation are still threatening problems to the health of Morocco’s environment.

Responsible Tourism: Things to consider in attempt to leave the lightest footprint when traveling to Morocco
Do not litter.
Try to use tailor-made tours and group transportation during your travels in Morocco to limit gas waste and emissions.
Camp only in designated areas when traveling to Morocco; fields are a private source of agricultural business for local families.
Access to potable water is a serious problem affecting Morocco. Please do not bathe or do laundry in the rivers or streams when traveling to Morocco as this can pollute a village’s main water source. 
Although hunting is not restricted in Morocco, consider the negative impact you will have on the loss of Morocco’s predatory animals when traveling to this agricultural based country, as many of which are already in danger of being extinct.
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