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The Great Catchment of Souss-Massa Wadi (Morocco): Relationship Between Protected Areas and Ecotourism

  • H. Aboutayeb
  • M. BeraaouzEmail author
  • A. Ezaidi
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Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 53)

Abstract

This study focuses on protected areas in the great catchment of Souss-Massa wadi, more specifically in the Argan Biosphere Reserve (ARB).

This region has exceptional biogeographical and sociocultural resources that could help this area to become a sustainable tourism destination.

The investigation specializes on the ecotourism side of the catchment of Souss-Massa through the analysis of its natural amenities especially the ones that are linked with biodiversity. This will position ecotourism as the basis of a development model. There are several opportunities in this region as far as biodiversity is concerned but they need to be valorized. Thus, priority ecotourism areas were identified and some recommendations were made along with strategic planning guidelines for tourism in this region. Such guidelines show the need for strict environmental protection schemes while offering good standards of living for the population and a satisfaction for the tourists.

Keywords

Argan Biosphere Reserve Biodiversity Conservation Ecotourism Protected area 

Abbreviations

ARB

Argan Biosphere Reserve

BEIS

Biological and ecological interest sites

SMNP

Souss-Massa National Park

TONP

Toubkal National Park

UNESCO

United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of ScienceIbn Zohr UniversityAgadirMorocco

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