Training begins for 130 girls in conservation practices and indigenous plant knowledge

In collaboration with our partner organisations Global Diversity Organisation (GDF) and Radiant Design, we are now in the process of completing the construction of 6,000 m2 of school gardens. The five sections are designed to conserve wild plant species and traditional crop varieties for local communities. The gardens also provide a training space for students to develop new skills and knowledge in plant conservation, plant uses, agroecology techniques and indigenous practices.

Festival season in the High Atlas – engaging with communities on conservation and traditional plant knowledge

In October 2017, we were invited by the ‘Friends of Toubkal National Park for Conservation of the Environment and the Walnut Tree Association’ to join the annual Asni Walnut Festival. Each year, the festival enlivens the streets of Asni, a village to the south of Marrakesh, with music, markets, and celebration. This year, there were more than 50 stands where individuals and cooperatives sold local crafts and produce. This gave us the opportunity to conduct an inventory of some 25 aromatic and medicinal species and products, including price and point of origin.