fair and sustainable tourism in Morocco
In Morocco, ecology has its place!
Morocco, has a a variety of landscapes, from beaches, mountains, desert to major urban centers. Along with its diversity, the country has an absolute ecological responsibility. It is now one of the leading countries in terms of sustainable tourism.
Since the signature by more than 60 cities of the charter concerning responsible tourism in January 2006, Morocco is firmly promoting a responsible tourism towards people and the environment. The same environment that enhances the cultural, identity and intangible heritage of its different regions. In turn, tourism will create wealth and values.
Morocco, to create sustainable values
From North to South, tourism operators are committed every year, and many sustainable tourism initiatives are rewarded for their environmental responsibility. To support this dynamic, Morocco has initiated incentive labels such as the Moroccan trophies for responsible tourism launched by the Ministry of Tourism in 2008, the "green key" label for hotels, or the "blue flag" awarded to 21 Moroccan beaches for the cleanliness of the beaches introduced in Morocco by the Mohamed VI Foundation for the Environment.
Along with these initiatives, Morocco keep enhancing and preserving reserves and natural parks. In recent years, Marrakesh has done all that’s possible to provide a wastewater treatment plant that can water eight of the city's gulfs in addition to the palm grove. This preservation ambition didn’t took long to be duplicated in other cities of the Kingdom, such as the famous Noor station in Ouarzazate, which is the seventh thermodynamic solar power plant in the world.
The Major COPs, being hosted in Marrakech
All these initiatives have enabled Morocco to strengthen its international position when it comes to environmental responsibility. Since its ratification of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1997, Morocco was the first African country to host the 2001 Conference of the Parties summit in Marrakech (COP 7), which contributed, among other things, to implementing the Kyoto agreement.
In November 2016, Morocco was selected for the second time to host the COP22, whose negotiations were crowned by the launch of the "Blue Belt" initiative with the aim of stimulating the fishing sector in Morocco. These COPs marked the beginning of the Kingdom's ongoing commitment to an international community that is more aware than ever of the need to combat climate change. A whole new challenge for the global environment !