Omar graduated with a Masters in Water and Environment, with previous experiences that have enabled him to acquire knowledge on the treatment of wastes, the conservation of biodiversity and the environment, as well as concepts related to work safety in the field. In his role as Field Agronomist Researcher, he is in charge of soil analysis, permaculture workshops, training for farmers through the
organization of Farmer Field School.
Omar is now finishing his PhD in Environmental Sciences at Cadi Ayyad University .
Fatima is a Moroccan agronomist engineer specialising in Ecology and Management of Natural Ecosystems, having graduated from the HASSAN II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary in Rabat, Morocco. Her research focused on elaborating the reference situation of pastoral resources in Souss-Massa in order to contribute to the establishment of a monitoring system on the pastoral resources in this southern
Moroccan region. The specific objectives of her study were to characterise rangelands vegetation, evaluate phytomass produced and analyse vegetation structure parameters.
In her role as GIS Mapping consultant, she carries out research on regional and local mapping in relation to biocultural landscapes.
GDF believes that our future depends on our respectful engagement with the vast biological and cultural diversity of Earth. GDF works to protect this diversity and enhance socioecological wellbeing. It carries out collaborative biocultural projects that build resilience, foster innovation and promote learning.
Cadi Ayyad University, established in Marrakech in 1978, comprises 13 institutions including the Faculty of Sciences Semlalia, home to a leading biology department in Morocco that attracts postgraduate students from throughout Morocco and Francophone Africa.
The High Commission is the Moroccan agency responsible for implementing governmental policies in the domains of conservation and sustainable development of forest, wetland and silvopastoral resources in the forest domain and protected areas, and elaborating and implementing policies on anti-desertification and rural development.
Under the Department of Environment, the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment aims to develop and support projects that fight against climate change, desertification and threats to the national biodiversity. It does so through different projects, such as the programme for the protection and valorization of biological diversity in Morocco.
The Scientific Institute in Rabat, founded in 1920, is the oldest university research institution in Morocco. Research activities at the institute mostly focus on natural sciences, in particular Earth sciences (Earth physics, geology, geomorphology and cartography) and Life sciences (zoology and botanical ecology and plant ecology). The institute aims to draw up an inventory of all the natural resources of Morocco (fauna, flora and mineral resources).
RESING is a Marrakech-based engineering consulting firm specialized in environment and sustainable development. RESING’s expertise, delivered through technical assistance and training, ranges from environmental issues, rural development and agriculture to water resources (irrigation, drinking water supply and sanitation).
RADIANT Design is based in Lalla Takerkoust, 35 km south of Marrakech. Their aim is to gather passionate permaculture professionals dedicated to design and implement systems that promote the sustainability of human activities and the regeneration of ecosystems. RADIANT Design helps to support projects, such as the creation of gardens, that are engaged about the preservation and restoration of our natural environment.
As Director, Dr. Hassan Rankou oversees MBLA’s activities and staff to ensure the successful implementation of all projects.
Hassan manages the project activities, the capacity building modules and plays a significant role in ensuring the project’s legacy. Hassan is also responsible for maintaining successful relations with our diverse partner network, including local NGO’s, authorities, cooperatives and research centres.
Hassan is a British-Moroccan plant conservationist graduated from the Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II in Morocco with a Master in biodiversity conservation and crop production. Hassan also got a PhD in climate change and biodiversity conservation from the University of Reading in the UK .