Situated in the Maghreb, Morocco features wide Atlantic and Mediterranean coastal strips. Morocco is cut in two by the imposing Atlas mountains, which acts as a physical and climatic barrier. The influence of the Rif to the North also acts as a climatic filter. The country's geographical situation plays an important role in the diversity of its climates and scenery. The fifth most important economy in Africa, the Kingdom of Morocco is in economic and social transition but is characterized by substantial disparities. Firewood is the second most important energy source, representing 30% of the overall energy balance sheet. The lack of sustainable management of this resource causes an imbalance between wood energy supply and demand.
GERES In Morocco
Since 2005, GERES has been focusing on two strategic priorities:
- developing agro-forestry models suited to the local context, promoting maintenance of farmland and sustainable management of local energy biomass
- seeking to achieve a significant reduction in firewood consumption by developing and disseminating efficient domestic cooking equipment
GERES has been looking at the urban aspects of energy biomass issues, including the necessity of reducing firewood consumption and the possibility of setting up a high-quality supply chain. The team in Chefchaouen is now being backed up by a new office in Rabat.