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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I have the pleasure to inform you that I have carried out, and finalized a new forestry and socioeconomic research, as a PhD Thesis in Economics, last June 2012, in the French University Montesquieu - Bordeaux IV.

This research work encompasses 5 Parties, 15 Chapters, in 434 pages. It is entitled:

ECONOMICS OF FORESTS AND FORESTRY PRODUCTS IN MOROCCO:  BALANCE AND PROSPECTIVE”

(in French:

L’ECONOMIE DE LA FORÊT ET DES PRODUITS FORESTIERS AU MAROC: BILAN ET PERSPECTIVES)

 

Abstract and key words of this research work are given below (in English and in French):

 

 

ECONOMICS OF FORESTS AND FORESTRY PRODUCTS IN MOROCCO:  BALANCE AND PROSPECTIVE

 

ABSTRACT 

This thesis deals with the actual situation of the Moroccan forests. Within the framework of this work, two studies were carried out at national level, in Morocco. The first concerned grazing in forest and the second the quantification of fuel wood directly collected from forest and consumed in both rural and urban areas. The results found were very disquieting. In cases, the total volume of fodder and fuel wood, effectively collected from forest, are 3 to 4 times the biological possibility of the forest.

The rural populations exert a huge pressure on the Moroccan forest, which causes its degradation and puts in jeopardy its perenniality.  

This thesis work also estimated the monetary value of the various goods and services of the Moroccan forest, towards the valuation of the total economic value (TEV). This showed that the economic value of the Moroccan forest is very underestimated, which encourages its degradation and clearing.

This research work also demonstrated the weak success rate of the reforestation activities, which were carried out in Morocco, during the last half century. A new strategy towards a sustainable forest management in Morocco is proposed, within the framework of the National Forest Plan.

To reach this sustainable forest management, the NFP should resolve the major urgent problems which threaten the Moroccan forest, and should give a role of prime importance to the civil society actors, and to the rural populations for the supervision of this new strategy, with the participation of the forest service, in order to make of the Moroccan forest a model of sustainably managed forest, at the level of the Mediterranean region.

 

Key Words

Forest, grazing, fuel wood, reforestation, deforestation, degradation, economic value, development strategy, non-governmental organization, civil society, sustainable management, Morocco, Mediterranean.

 

L’ECONOMIE DE LA FORÊT ET DES PRODUITS FORESTIERS AU MAROC: BILAN ET PERSPECTIVES

 

Résumé

Cette thèse traite de la situation actuelle de la forêt marocaine. Dans le cadre de ce travail, deux études ont été réalisées à l’échelle nationale, au Maroc. La première a concerné le pâturage des troupeaux en forêt, et la seconde a porté sur la quantification du volume de bois de feu directement prélevé en forêt, et consommé en zone rurale et en zone urbaine. Les résultats trouvés ont été très préoccupants. Dans les deux situations, les prélèvements réels de fourrage et de bois de feu, dépassent de 3 à 4 fois la possibilité biologique de la forêt.  Les populations rurales exercent une énorme pression sur la forêt marocaine, ce qui conduit à sa dégradation et menace sa pérennité.

Ce travail de thèse a également estimé la valeur économique des différents biens et services de la forêt marocaine, en vue d’en déterminer la valeur économique totale (VET). Cela a démontré que la valeur économique de la  forêt marocaine reste très sous estimée, ce qui encourage son défrichement et son remplacement par d’autres usages.

Ce travail a aussi mis en évidence le faible taux de réussite des opérations de reboisement qui sont menées au Maroc, depuis plus d’un demi-siècle.  Une nouvelle stratégie de gestion durable de la forêt est proposée dans le cadre du Plan Forestier National. Pour atteindre cette gestion durable, le PNF devra résoudre les principaux problèmes urgents qui menacent la pérennité de la forêt, et donner un rôle primordial aux acteurs de la société civile et aux populations rurales pour la supervision de cette nouvelle stratégie forestière, avec la participation du service forestier, pour faire de la forêt marocaine un modèle de gestion forestière durable, à l’échelle de la région Méditerranéenne.

 

Mots-clés 

Forêt, pâturage, bois de feu, reboisement, déforestation, dégradation, valeur économique, stratégie de développement, organisation non gouvernementale, société civile, gestion durable, Maroc, Méditerranée.

  

I hope that it’ll be of some interest for you.

 

Regards

 Pr. Mohammed Ellatifi

m.ellatifi@math.com   emstat.consulting@gmail.com

 

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Comment by Mohammed Ellatifi on November 2, 2012 at 7:35

Hi Dr. Syed:

Nice to hear from you again, and read your comment. It'll be great to read from you about the forest situation in Katmandu and in Nepat. I know that woodfuel collection severely treats the Nepalees forests and urban forests, in particular. I would be really interested - and I think that all other members of the RéM Network  will share my opinion - to read valuable information regading the forestry situation in Nepal.

Looking forward to read from you

Have a nice time

Mohammed

 

Comment by DR. SYED MD. ZAINUL ABEDIN on November 1, 2012 at 15:34

I appreciate the work.

It may be helpful for all forest managers of the world.

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