Morocco "very active" in environmental policy

Morocco has long been “very active” in environmental policy, both nationally and internationally, said Tuesday in Rabat, the Resident Director of the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) in Morocco, Lorenz Petersen.

The ratification of the Nagoya Protocol and the presidency of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi are two recent indicators that show Morocco’s commitment and recognition of its role by the international community, said Mr. Petersen. who was speaking at the opening of a conference under the theme “The post-2020 global biodiversity framework: what prospects for preserving ecosystems?” » . He said, in this sense, proud to work closely with Morocco on a wide range of environmental issues, stating that GIZ has worked for the recognition of Morocco as a biosphere reserve of the Arganeraie by UNESCO. .

The action in favor of the Arganeraie for the preservation of biodiversity has demonstrated its effects on the local population and the economy of the country, he confirmed.

Lorenz Petersen also praised the impact of this project on women and women’s cooperatives, adding that they are pillars of the local economy, because they produce, finance and export “the wonderful” products of Morocco. in the world.

For her part, the Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Morocco, Martine Therer, stressed that the theme of this conference, held in celebration of World Environment Day, is “eminently relevant since the loss of biodiversity is, along with climate change and pollution, one of the three great evils that affect the health of the planet.

“This planet is our only home,” said Martine Therer, referring to the message of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the occasion of the celebration of World Environment Day.

Humanity’s survival depends on the health of planet Earth, which provides food, clean water and medicine, she said, adding that terrestrial and marine ecosystems play a vital role in regulating the climate. and “protect us from extreme weather events”.

the UN official called, in this sense, to change consumption patterns, in order to reduce food waste and the overexploitation of natural resources, but also to adopt integrated and multi-sectoral development approaches that take into account the trade-offs between production food and energy, infrastructure, water resource and coastal zone management and biodiversity conservation.

In the same vein, she quoted Gustave Speth, an American environmental lawyer and former UNDP administrator: “I used to think that the main environmental problems were the loss of biodiversity, the collapse ecosystems and climate change (…) I was wrong. The main environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with them we need cultural and spiritual transformation”.

Organized by the Ministry of Energy Transition, with the support of the UNDP, this conference focuses on the actions agreed at the national and international levels to redress the degradation trajectory of natural ecosystems. It brings together representatives of ministerial departments, scientific research institutions, as well as governmental and non-governmental actors.

World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year. The theme chosen for this year “One Earth” recalls that Earth is the only habitable planet in the galaxy and encourages the implementation of transformative actions in order to restore the balance between people and nature and to create a future better and sustainable for all of the world’s population.

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