The Rural Commune of Imegdal is located approximately 75km south of Marrakech in the Al Haouz Province (Marrakesh-Safi region). With altitudes ranging from 900 to 2500m, the commune has an area of approximately 278 km² with a population of 5537 people (1156 households) dispersed across 28 small villages (Moroccan 2014 census).
The climate is arid Mediterranean with hot dry summers (maximum 42°C) and cold and wet winters when temperatures can drop to -2°C. Imegdal has a high density and diversity of vegetation. however, natural landscapes are highly degraded in various locations with large areas fully or semi-deforested. Most of Imegdal’s inhabitants self-identify as Ishelhin and speak Tashelhit, one of the Amazigh languages. Much like other rural communities in the High Atlas, livelihoods are dependent primarily on subsistence farming, grazing and collection of non-timber forest products.
In 2014, MBLA created a community plant nursery in Imegdal, in collaboration with the local cooperative Imdoukal Znaga, of which its members are mostly local small holders.The plants grown in the nursery have all been selected in collaboration with local community members.
Each year, between 45,000 and 50,000 plants of 35 species are produced at the community nursery in Imegdal. Through annual plant distributions, the community nursery projects enhances rural incomes and decreases harvesting pressure on wild populations, which the community often heavily depend on for their livelihoods. A part of the cultivated species is planted in designated areas to reintroduce them back to the wild