Maroc :  L’industrie de l’arganeraie  s’adapte aux changements climatiques
Juin22

Maroc : L’industrie de l’arganeraie s’adapte aux changements climatiques

Maroc :  L’industrie de l’arganeraie au Maroc s’adapte aux changements climatiques   Depuis une quinzaine d’années, des efforts sont déployés pour définir les conditions d’un développement durable et d’une approche participative de l’exploitation de systèmes agro forestiers de l’arganeraie. Explications. Par Amine Fikri Que représente l’arganeraie au Maroc ?   L’arganier produit de petits fruits de forme ovale, verts à jaunes, devenant bruns à maturité et contenant une coque très dure renfermant une à trois amandes. Ces dernières permettent l’extraction de la fameuse huile d’argane. Aujourd’hui, la renommée de l’huile d’argane dépasse largement les frontières du Maroc. L’engouement croissant que l’huile d’argane suscite auprès des populations occidentales (Europe, USA) et extrême-orientales (Japon) en témoigne aisément. Ces populations, qui n’ont découvert l’huile d’argane que récemment, voient en elle un produit rare, pur, naturel, inaltéré et qui permet l’alliance d’une alimentation savoureuse et saine et d’une hygiène alimentaire préservée et de qualité. L’huile d’argane est une huile alimentaire et diététique, elle est préparée selon un protocole rigoureux et ancestral, transmis de génération en génération depuis des siècles. Un système juridique stable Le modèle socio-économique de l’exploitation de l’huile d’argan est resté traditionnel, organisé d’une part autour d’une structure socio-juridique particulière et qui fonctionne d’autre part sur la base de productions variées. Depuis 1925, une loi reconnaît aux usagers des droits d’usage de cette ressource domaniale où ils cultivent du blé entre les arbres, font paître leurs chèvres, et récoltent les fruits qui tombent en été pour en extraire une huile appelée argane. Les étapes de sa préparation L’huile d’argane est une huile alimentaire et diététique, elle est préparée selon un protocole rigoureux et ancestral, transmis de génération en génération depuis des siècles. Les différentes étapes de la préparation de l’huile d’argane ont longtemps été entièrement manuelles, de la récolte des fruits de l’arganier jusqu’à l’extraction proprement dite de l’huile. Elle est accomplie selon un savoir faire ancestral réservé aux femmes de l’arganeraie. Cependant, depuis 1996, les coopératives et quelques industriels ont mis au point une méthode d’extraction semi-mécanisée. Cette technique permet la préparation reproductible, dans des conditions moins pénibles pour les femmes, d’une huile de meilleure qualité sanitaire et analytique. L’extraction de l’huile d’argane, selon la méthode artisanale, nécessite de longues heures d’un travail physique et difficile. En effet, il faut compter en moyenne une vingtaine d’heures de travail pour produire un litre d’huile. Le rendement d’extraction est d’environ 1 % par rapport aux fruits et de 30 % par rapport aux amandons. Ceci explique aisément pourquoi l’huile d’argane est actuellement l’une des huiles les plus rares et les plus chères du monde. Le fruit débarrassé de la pulpe donne un noyau qui est concassé...

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Etats-Unis: Retrait de l’Accord de Paris
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Etats-Unis: Retrait de l’Accord de Paris

Etats-Unis: Retrait de l’Accord de Paris Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache 05-06-2017 Le 1er Juin dernier, le président des Etats-Unis d’Amérique , Donald Trump a annoncé sa décision de se retirer de  l’Accord de Paris. Sans surprise. C’est une de ses promesses électorales. Mais, l’avenir de la planète est-il réellement en péril ?  Analyse Remise en cause L’an dernier, Donald Trump, alors candidat à l’élection présidentielle,  l’a suffisamment martelé : l’une de ses mesures phares sera de se retirer de l’Accord de Paris.Huit mois après l’ élection présidentielle américaine, le candidat devenu président,  a réaffirmé sa volonté de sortir de l’Accord des Nations Unies sur le Climat, adopté à Paris en décembre 2015. Cet accord était déjà entré en vigueur le 4 novembre 2016, pendant l’administration Obama. Deux seuils nécessaires avaient été franchis : celui des 55% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre couvertes par les Parties et celui des 55 pays. Les Etats-Unis et la Chine avaient ratifié au même moment le texte de Paris. Ces deux pays sont les deux plus gros pollueurs de la planète : ils forment ensemble 42% d’émission de gaz à effet de serre. L’annonce récente de Donald Trump remet  en cause  l’engagement  précédent des Etats-Unis. Les contradictions En 2015, les Etats-Unis, deuxième pays le plus pollueur du monde, avaient affirmé vouloir , à travers leur plan d’action national,  réduire leur émission de gaz à effet de serre de 26 à 28% d’ici à 2025. Le président Trump, lui, ne tiendra pas compte de ce plan d’action national. Pour le président américain, son pays est le  plus propre et  plus respectueux de la planète ». Une intox. Dans le même ordre d’idée, son ministre des Affaires Etrangères, Rex Tillerson, qui n’était pas présent, à la maison blanche, lors de la déclaration du président Trump, a affirmé, lors d’une conférence de presse,  la volonté américaine de continuer à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre, tout en précisant que l’Accord de Paris n’avait eu aucun impact sur la décarbonisation américaine perçue par des observateurs depuis quelques années. La volonté de l’américaine affichée, appuyées par de nombreuses contradictions est-elle réellement compatible avec une réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre ? Les observateurs en doute. Pour la première fois, les Etats-Unis n’ont pas de conseiller scientifique. Le président Trump est entouré de climatosceptiques, avec en tête de liste, le directeur de l’Agence Américaine de l’Environnement, Scott Pruitt, l’un des principaux artisans de la volonté américaine de retrait de l’accord de Paris. Quid du Fonds Vert pour le Climat Dans son allocution du 1er juin, le président Trump a réitéré sa promesse de campagne de supprimer le financement...

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UNFCCC Statement on the US Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement
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UNFCCC Statement on the US Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement

UNFCCC Statement on the US Decision to Withdraw from the Paris Agreement The Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)  said on Thursday June 2nd   it regrets the announcement by the President of the United States that his government will withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Following the US president announcement to renegotiate the modalities for the US participation in the agreement, the Secretariat said its willing to engage in dialogue with the United States government regarding the implications of this declaration. But the UNFCCC secretariat emphasized that the Paris Climate Deal ” cannot be  renegotiated based on the request of a single Party”. This historical agreement was signed by 194 countries and ratified by 147 countries in december 2015 in Paris. Syria and Nicaragua are the only countries which did not sign the Paris Accord. The Paris Agreement is aimed at reducing risk to economies and lives everywhere, while building the foundation for a more prosperous, secure and sustainable world recalled the Secretariat. “ It enjoys profound credibility, as it was forged by all nations and is supported by a growing wave of business, investors, cities, states, regions and citizens. We are committed to continue working with all governments and partners in their efforts to fast forward climate action at global and national levels,” added the...

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Tanzania: Communities are fighting for their rights
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Tanzania: Communities are fighting for their rights

Tanzania: Communities are fighting for their rights   By Deodatus Mfugale April 8 2017 Issues surrounding disputes over land ownership  are many in Tanzania and in Africa generally. From 2000 to 2010, several violent conflicts in various parts of Tanzania occurred between agribusiness investors and communities. The conflict thus involved three parties, the government, the investor and the local community. The villagers found that the government had colluded with the investor to deny them the right to own land. “The government had given us a raw deal. It was bad enough to sell the farm to the investor when people in the village needed that land. Giving the investor additional land made our situation worse,” said Alex Kyando, a resident of Kapunga village. In 2006 when the Tanzania government decided to privatize the Kapunga Rice Farm located in Mbeya Region ( Southern Highlands) to Export Trading Company, local communities were very disappointed and responded in a violent manner. In Babati District of Manyara Region, communities set on fire Tanzanian investor of Asian origin’s houses, stores, machinery, tractors. His relatives were also killed. The bloody incident was a climax of a long-standing conflict between the two parties: local communities alleging that the investor had unlawfully taken their land and they wanted it back. But the land was sold to the investor for a 100 years lease agreement. The local community originally offered the land to the government to create a state farm. But   the government had failed to manage it. Government Now things are changing and the demand by communities to uphold the right to own land is paying off.  In 2015,  the government declared that it would give back to the community the 1, 875 hectares of land that were sold to the investor of Kapunga Rice Farm which were over and above the original size of the farm. The government declaration became effective last year when the Minister responsible for lands announced that the parcel of land in question had been handed over to Mbarali District Council. “We have revoked the title deed for the land that was not originally part of Kapunga Rice Farm when it was sold to Export Trading Company. The Mbarali District Council will survey the land and give it back to the villagers,” said William Lukuvi, Minister for Lands. Arguments Until January this year, the survey had been completed and the land handed over to Kapunga Village Government for allocation to community members. Although there are complaints from some individuals that the allocation was not done fairly, most of the community members are happy with the government’s decision and the subsequent actions by...

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Feed the world sustainably: challenging
Mar29

Feed the world sustainably: challenging

Feed the world sustainably: challenging Welcome words by Nnimmo Bassey, Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) at Media Training-Promoting Biosafety in Nigeria held in Benin City , Nigeria, on Friday, 24th March 2017   Promoting genetically modified organisms: dangerous The need to interrogate our biosafety has become very pertinent because of the many myths around modern agricultural biotechnology. These myths are being peddled regularly by the industry promoting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their team players in public offices. A major plank on which biosafety, and perhaps biosecurity, rests is the precautionary principle[1]. This principle, or approach, is a safeguard against the permission or introduction of products or elements into the environment where there is no scientific consensus that such an introduction would be safe or would not have an adverse impact. In other words, the precautionary principle helps to disallow the use of citizens as guinea pigs in experimental release of products that could harm them. The argument that there is a risk in everything is hollow and an acceptance of that as an excuse to expose citizens to harm is inhuman. Information of biosafety: a moral duty In this engagement on biosafety we hope to share information on the issues of biosafety and GMOs in Nigeria and Africa. The aim is that media practitioners would be able to sift the facts from the myths, and by so doing help the public to require a sense of responsibility from our biosafety regulators, research institutions, political forces and commercial interests behind the risky genetic engineering approach to food production.The key myths by which citizens are sold the idea of GMOs as being desirable include that they provide the most assured way of feeding the burgeoning population of hungry mouths in the world. The planks on which this highly seductive myth has been erected are quite flimsy. Why GMO is saleable ? Research has shown that GMOs do not necessarily yield higher than normal crops, making the talk of producing more food by using GMOs simply fatuous. Secondly, over one third of food currently produced in the world today simply gets wasted,[2] while most of the GMOs currently grown in the world end up as animal feed.[3]Another argument used to sell GMOs is that they require the use of less chemical in terms of pesticides and herbicides because the crops can be engineered to withstand herbicides or to act as pesticides themselves. A possible source for cancer The emergence of what have been termed super weeds and superbugs have dented that claim as farmers have had to sometimes apply stronger doses of herbicides and pesticides on farms where such...

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World Green Economy Organization :  A New approach from the Arab world
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World Green Economy Organization : A New approach from the Arab world

World Green Economy Organization :  A New approach from the Arab world Recently at the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech, the World Green Economy Organization was announced globally in presence of  Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, United Arab Emirates Minister of Climate Change and the Environment,  Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Chairman of the board of the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) and Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Towards a green economy “The World Green Economy Organization aims to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and increase awareness on climate change to enhance the shift towards a green economy and a low carbon economy that is climate-resilient, resource-efficient, and socially inclusive,” said in Morocco Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Chairman of the board of the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO), during the global launch of the World Green Economy Organization in Marrakech (Morocco). “ Launching WGEO at this time reflects the relentless efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals outlined in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he added . After the October 2016 third World Green Economy Summit in Dubai, the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties, COP 22, in Marrakesh, Morocco, was an opportunity for the Arab world to show its willing to diversify its economy and also a way to promote its willing to work with all countries around the world towards a green economy. Dubai Plans Last June, Mr Al Tayer, announced in Dubai that  his country will build within the next five years  a largest Concentrated Solar Power (CPS) which will generate  1,000 megawatts (MW) of power by 2030 as part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy to generate 75 per cent of Dubai’s power from clean energy by 2050. This solar project could reduce more than 6.5 million tonnes of CO2. It can therefore meet its pledges linked to the Paris Agreement : keep global warming temperatures below 2°C in a long term goal, he added. The project will even surpass the existing world’s largest CPS tower in Morocco that has a power generating capacity of 150MW, senior energy officials said. How the World Green Economy Organization will work? According to Mr Al Tayer, the World Green Economy Organization, based in Dubai,  will play an instrumental role in mitigating climate change.   It will serves as a mechanism for adaptation and mitigation to climate change by generating new solutions for sustainable energy, water and other environmental challenges. How ? “by lowering the risk of green economy investments and bridging...

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