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„Ait Bouguemez - Das grüne Tal im hohen Atlas“

Ait Bouguemez - Das grüne Tal im hohen Atlas

Maryse Bergonzat (Frankreich) - 43 min

Thursday, 11. Nov. 2010 from 14:00 Congress Graz - Blauer Salon       

In the Grand Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the Ait Bouguemez Valley is well-known for its great natural beauty, which is conserved by its inhabitants. This ancient community living in such a remote area seems to hold the key to environmental sustainability and biodiversity. The extreme weather conditions have pushed the farmers to share and maintain the local resources such as pasture and forests with a communal agricultural management known as “Agdal”. French scientists were interested in this Berber concept which has existed for millennia. Together with their colleagues from Morocco they have studied the ancient techniques in order that they can be used by coming generations and in other parts of the world as well.