Placing the High Atlas on the global map

The High Atlas Cultural Landscapes Programme (HACL) is a conservation and development programme in the Moroccan High Atlas that supports rural communities to revitalise traditional practices, sustain livelihoods and restore nature. Established in 2013 by Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) and the Moroccan Biodiversity and Livelihoods Association (MBLA), the Programme collaborates with over 35 municipalities, associations and cooperatives in the High Atlas, as well as 35 national and 30 international partners.

Thanks to the MAVA Learning and Sharing grant (2021-2022), the Programme has been able to reflect and synthesize the work of 10 years in Morocco, in various formats and platforms, as well as to disseminate the breadth and depth of the High Atlas Cultural Landscapes to various audiences.

 

The key outputs of this grant include:

► A 190-page publication entitled “Placing the High Atlas on the Global Map,” which details the approach to the HACL Programme and its impact over the last decade.

► A photographic book showcasing the High Atlas’ stunning landscapes, the cultural practices of the Amazigh people and the region’s remarkable fauna and flora.

► An interactive map tracing GDF’s action plans through the three main High Atlas regions where they work: Al Haouz, Azilal and Demnate.

► An additional visual and interactive outcome is the High Atlas virtual story, which integrates over 30 different outputs of the HACL Programme.

► 5 illustrated infographics, summarising the HACL Programme’s achievements and guidelines for supporting community-led conservation actions.

► In addition to these previous publications and platforms, GDF also carried out two GEN in Conversation events, one on the “Present and Future of Pastoralism in the Mediterranean- Film screening and roundtable” and another on “Analysing integrated management in socioecological systems- Expert workshop”.

 

These publications, online platforms and dissemination activities provide a synopsis of how pioneering methodologies implemented by transdisciplinary teams in unconventional partnerships can help close the expanding gap between humans and their environments. These products are directed to scholars, researchers, practitioners, educators and community organisers working in the realms of conservation, ethnobiology, sustainable livelihoods and socioecological resilience, as well as to the general public, especially the more visual outputs produced.

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