Tafilalt Oasis, Morocco

The Arab Region (Morocco)

Geographical coverage

Geographical scale of the assessment Set of sites
Country or countries covered Morocco
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name

Tafilalet, Province of Errachidia (Morocco)

Conceptual framework, methodology and scope

Assessment objectives

  • Evaluate the ecosystem of Tafilalet oasis in an integrated approach;
  • Strengthen the capacity of the participants directly and indirectly involved in the project;
  • Educate those involved in the oasis system or those who are generally concerned over desertification about new tools for integrated environmental assessment;
  • Produce and disseminate information useful to decision-making regarding the protection of the oasis ecosystem; and
  • Seek funding for the achievement of the Management Plan of the recommended actions.

Mandate for the assessment

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA)

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted

System(s) assessed

  • Inland water
  • Forest and woodland
  • Cultivated/Agricultural land
  • Mountain

Species groups assessed

Ecosystem services/functions assessed


  • Food
  • Water
  • Genetic resources


  • Climate regulation
  • Regulation of water flows
  • Regulation of water quality
  • Erosion prevention

Supporting Services/Functions

  • Habitat maintenance
  • Soil formation and fertility
  • Primary production

Cultural Services

  • Recreation and tourism

Scope of assessment includes

Drivers of change in systems and services


Impacts of change in services on human well-being


Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed


Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment


Timing of the assessment

Year assessment started


Year assessment finished


If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish

Periodicity of assessment


Assessment outputs


Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)

Journal publications

Training materials

Other documents/outputs

Tools and processes

Tools and approaches used in the assessment

  • Trade-off analysis
  • Indicators
  • Scenarios

Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component

Key stakeholder groups engaged

  • Local Authorities of Errachidia
  • Regional Office Getting Value Agricultural in Tafilalet (ROGVA / TF)
  • Hydraulic Basin Agency Rheris-Ziz- Guir
  • National Office of Potable Water (NOPW)
  • Research Centre RCAR
  • Faculty of Sciences and Techniques Errachidia (FSTE)
  • National Forestry School of Engineers (NFSE)
  • Directorate of Planning (DP)
  • External Services of Various Provincial Departments
  • Provincial Council and Towns
  • Local Associations

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process


Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

  • Resource experts (e.g. foresters etc)
  • Traditional/local knowledge

Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment

Assessment reports peer reviewed



Accessibility of data used in assessment

Policy impact

Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions

Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment


Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews

Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity

Sharing of data/repatriation of data, Workshops

How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

Additional relevant information