To inform our participatory conservation actions and ensure they successfully protect biodiversity and improve rural livelihoods, MBLA generates new, and enhances existing, knowledge of the conservation status of threatened, endemic and valuable plant species. Our research activities include:
– Plants and habitats assessments;
– Floristic surveys;
– Ecological monitoring to study the impact of our conservation actions and community-based management practices on biodiversity and ecosystem composition;
– Conservation assessments of species, habitat, ecosystems and key biodiversity areas;
– Mapping, modelling, species tracking and marking to understand the causes of environmental degradation and threats;
– Assess impacts of climate change on plant populations and highlight potential climate change refugia;
– Establish a baseline to monitor the changes at species, habitat and ecosystem scales;
– Elaborate regional conservation priorities, actions and management plans.
MBLA works in collaboration with local communities and institutions to deliver participatory conservation actions that enhance biodiversity of the High Atlas. We deliver:
– Integrated conservation actions that include In situ and Ex situ measures, such as the management of community herbaria, seed banks and nurseries for the production of wild, medicinal, threatened, useful and domesticated species for distribution to households and re-introduction to the wild;
– Restoration and enhancement of traditional water management infrastructures to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and more efficient irrigation practices to support agriculture;
– Agroecology activities, such as plant enrichment and terrace cultivation.