The Moroccan coastal zone is wealthy with natural resources that attract local community and governments to development. Currently, there are more than 6.1M habitants (≈17% out of 36 Mhab) living on the coast side, spread out among 33 provinces (≈53% out of 62) involving 97 rural communes (≈8% out of 1282) and 45 urban communes (≈18% out of 256) including the biggest cities (Casablanca, Tangier and Rabat). This is due to the availability of natural, coastal and marine resources that support such large community and play a significant role in the economy of these countries.
The Moroccan Mediterranean and Atlantic coastal lines are rich with diverse ecosystems and flora species. Unfortunately, there is a growing need to maximize the value and benefit of these ecosystems for social and economic development. This could be through by accurate mapping and efficient quantification of these ecosystems as well as assessing the vulnerability status of these ecosystems.
The Key for success in addressing transboundary problems is the joint political commitment of all countries in the basin. This requires building synergies between the national stakeholders to develop strategic action plan for preserving the environment.
The main objective for us will be developing a tool for real-time monitoring, mapping and management of coastal physical ecosystems to promote sustainable use of the resource in the North African marine and coastal zone, to Increase understanding of the capacity for, and use of, remote sensing and other earth observations, and how the data products can enhance decision making of the marine and coastal zone management, and to transfer Knowledge establishing a stronger regional network for marine and coastal zone management.