The National Agency for Water and Forests Strengthens its Commitment at the First International Conference on Afforestation and Reforestation

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The National Water and Forests Agency actively participated in the First International Conference on Afforestation and Reforestation (CIAR1), organized in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, from July 2 to 5, 2024. Mr. Abderrahim HOUMY, Director General of the Agency and Vice-President of the United Nations Forum on Forests representing Africa and Mr. Ahmed AGARGI, chargé d’affaires at the Embassy of Morocco in Brazzaville represented the Kingdom at the High Level Segment held on July 4 and 5.

Mr. HOUMY highlighted Morocco’s significant contribution to global efforts for sustainable forest management. He stressed the importance of the enlightened vision of HIS MAJESTY KING MOHAMMED VI, may God Glorify Him, in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change and combating desertification.

A Strategic Commitment in a Global Context

CIAR1, an initiative of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Congo, took place under the auspices of the African Union and the United Nations Forum on Forests. This crucial event brought together world leaders to develop a comprehensive afforestation and reforestation strategy, integrating technical, scientific and financial aspects, in response to the challenges posed by global warming.

The Pioneering Role of Morocco

Morocco’s active presence, through the National Agency for Water and Forests, underlines its commitment to international cooperation for sustainable forest management and the fight against climate change. Under the High Guidance of HIS MAJESTY KING MOHAMMED VI, Morocco continues to play a leading role, notably through several initiatives such as the Blue Fund for the Congo Basin and the Triple A (Adaptation of African Agriculture) initiative which demonstrate Morocco’s proactive involvement and also by hosting the Regional Coordination Unit of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification for Africa.

In May 2024, Morocco also launched an initiative on community forest management, technological innovation and sustainable financing, in partnership with the Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests.

Promotion of the “Forests of Morocco 2020-2030” Strategy

During the conference, the “Forests of Morocco 2020-2030” Strategy was highlighted. This strategy is essential for climate change mitigation and adaptation, while contributing to sustainable development goals such as poverty reduction, ecosystem restoration and promoting access to sustainable energy.

Results and Outlook

The conference concluded with the adoption of a declaration by Heads of State and Government, calling for the inclusion of the African and World Decade of Afforestation in the United Nations Agenda. This declaration supports a coordinated and effective global strategy for afforestation and reforestation.

In short, Moroccan participation in CIAR1 reflects a strong and ongoing commitment to sustainable forest management and the fight against climate challenges, as part of a dynamic of increased regional and international cooperation.

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