Experience the desert spring! In mid-February it rained for a few days in the south of Morocco, too, and at the moment the desert is transformed into a little paradise. The rock pools are filled with water and invite you to swim in the middle of the desert:
A very special feedback: https://uni-muenster.sciebo.de/s/XiNTiNeHUgok0hJ#/
Fellow hikers wanted
Weather condition in Zagora desert area: https://weatherspark.com/y/34027/Average-Weather-in-Zagora-Morocco-Year-Round
For your stay in Marrakech the bicycle project Picala:
Picala Bikes: http://pikalabikes.com/
1. the Nomades music festivals will be held again: Festival International des Nomades: https://www.nomadsfestival.org/ See also under “trekking and homestay”
2. https://www.enactus.de/muenchen/projekte/mistub and https://www.mistub.com
Enactus from the University of Munich and the nomadic association Akabar are launching a new project to supply the inhabitants of rural areas and the nomads in the desert with purified and desalinated drinking water.
3. Nomad aid projects:
The Hand in Hand-Fund of “Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V.” https://www.duh.de/zielgruppen/internationales/hand-in-hand-fonds/hand-in-hand-fonds-foerderprojekte/
supports the “Association Akabar for Sustainable Development and Culture – الثقافة و للتنمية أكابار جمعية جمعية” in the following project, which was initiated last year by Hafid Benyachou’s trekking guest Annett Z. and started in summer 2019.
This project aims to encourage rural women from the Tafraout/Jebel Bani area to cultivate medicinal herbs and teas in order to prevent the knowledge of medicinal plants from being forgotten. The first step of the project consists of finding, recording and photographing medicinal plants in Jebel Bani and the dune area. The older nomadic women, who have only transmitted their knowledge orally so far, will be interviewed and subsequently searched for the appropriate plants, photographed and the findings recorded in writing.
In the second phase of the project it is planned to cultivate suitable medicinal herbs on fields in the high valley of Tafraout, which will be bought or leased. The fields are to be cultivated by women. Marketing and sales will also be in the hands of the women, who will be able to earn their own income with this project. The aim is to establish a women’s cooperative.
This project is intended to offer alternatives to the watermelon cultivation boom. Negative effects are already being felt.