Morocco hosts more than 24,000 animal species and 7,000 plant species. The country has one of the highest endemism rates among Mediterranean nations.

Nowadays, water stress is threatening agricultural ecosystems. The agricultural sector employs 40% of the Moroccan population who rely also on forests, wetlands and coastal ecosystems for their livelihoods. These resources are under pressure due to overexploitation, climate change, pollution, and habitats destruction and fragmentation.

Additionally, the growing urbanization causes serious effects on natural habitats through conversion of forests to agricultural land or urban areas.

Morocco has developed a National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) that emphasizes the importance of biological diversity. This NBSAP is currently being revised in accordance with the Biodiversity Strategic Plan (2011-2020).

Morocco has set up inter-ministerial committees for the cross-cutting consideration of biodiversity, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, there is a need for more focused incentives and collaboration mechanisms for the private sectors to facilitate the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

In line with the Moroccan NBSAP and the GBF and in partnership with relevant authorities and stakeholders, our project aims at facilitating close coordination at local level to identify and support strategic activities that could trigger the implementation of the GBF and tackle down some of the environmental issues faced by the country.

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