Sustainable rural development for the villagers
Project region : Zat valley, Al Haouz Province.
Duration : 4 years (January 2001 à January 2005)
Aim : To protect natural resources and make alternative and improved technologies (TAS) accessible to the local potters, therefore saving on wood.
Course of action :
- Replanting crops in damaged areas
- Clever management of the villages natural resources
- Improving personal equipment
- Develop alternative rural tourism
Consolidating the Zat Valley
500 hectares of land in the Zat Valley have been prepared for farming, forestry and keeping livestock, with great concern to water and soil conservation
Thanks to better management of the village’s resources, notable improvements have been made in 5 Douars (Arab tent village)
Improved energy saving equipment (ovens, households, hammams, heaters etc.) has been introduced into 1500 douars and 15 potter’s workshops
In order to develop rural tourism, a variety of informational web sites have been set up ( environment, climate and architecture)
Various daily excursions (ecological, historical discovery tours etc.) and cultural events have been organised
Traditional workshops have been set up by the local craftsmen in order to give tourists an insight into cultural realities in modern Morocco.
The local council has built three hostels to accommodate tourists, these are run by the villagers.
The hostels are in Ait Ali, Warzazte and Tizirte.
To guaranty that the hostels are successful the employees have been fully trained and contracts have been made with the tour operators working in the area. The hostels now accommodate a number of tourists throughout the year.
Partner : Association des Amis du Zat (AAZ)