Management Models of Forest Resources in the Atlas Mountain Chain (North Africa)

Forest resources in North Africa are significant in terms of area, and ecological and socioeconomic function. The forests are mainly located in the transboundary Atlas Mountain Chain, which extends from Morocco through Algeria to Tunisia. A considerable number of people depend on these forests for livestock fodder and fuelwood. Overgrazing and excessive wood extraction are evident while valuable non-timber forest products are under-used. Governments are trying to improve the situation, but their efforts tend to be purely technical and fail to address the social and institutional dimensions of the problem.

This project will examine forest governance in a comprehensive manner. Researchers will look at the reasons for the success or failure of previous government interventions, and carry out a diagnosis in representative areas of each of the three countries. Through participatory experimentation, they will develop management models of forest resources that help reduce poverty in rural communities.

Project ID

105568

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

End Date

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Laamrani, Hammou

Total funding

CA$ 908,000

Countries

North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia

Program

Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Dr. Mohamed Khemici

Institution

Institut national de la recherche forestière

Institution Country

Algeria

Project Leader

Dr. Abdelghani El-Asli

Institution

Al Akhawayn University

Institution Country

Morocco

Institution Website

http://www.aui.ma

Project Leader

Dr. Mustapha Ezzahiri

Institution

École Nationale Forestière d'Ingénieurs

Institution Country

Morocco

Institution Website

http://www.enfi.ac.ma

Project Leader

Dr. Abdelhamid Khaldi

Project Leader

Abdelhamid Khaldi

Institution

Institut national de recherches en génie rural, eaux et forêts

Institution Country

Tunisia

Institution Website

http://www.iresa.agrinet.tn/fr/instit/p_inrgref.html