Practical guide for the implementation of participatory and sustainable management of wooded areas in the Maghreb countries

Example of two socio-economic models initially studied in the Maâmora forest (Morocco) and proposed for the Maghreb countries

This practical guide for the implementation of participatory and sustainable management of wooded areas is part of the project “Optimizing the production of goods and services by Mediterranean forest ecosystems in a context of global changes” financed by the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) and whose project management is ensured jointly by Plan Bleu and the Secretariat of SilvaMediterranea (FAO). This project made it possible to work in five Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey) by allowing exchange and consultation between the different national teams.

This guide aims to provide forest managers with a practical tool for the implementation of concrete forest management actions in close collaboration with users and all stakeholders on the ground. The objective is to propose processes in which managers implement participatory and partnership management up to co-management with local user organizations (cooperatives, associations) and other key actors (State, other institutions, private sector, etc…), in order to establish a relationship of mutual benefit: users derive the benefits of the goods and services produced by wooded areas while preserving and conserving these resources. s in the context of sustainable management. The objective of this guide is to facilitate the implementation of participatory management and the establishment of “win-win” co-management contracts for the sustainable management of wooded areas.


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