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Biodiversity and protected areas

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Morocco has a great diversity of ecosystems because it incorporates a range of climatic and physiographic regions. Five main categories of ecosystems are identified in the country’s 2004 Strategy for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity (Biodiversity Strategy), namely, forest and steppic ecosystems, Saharian ecosystems (e.g. regs and ergs), marine and coastal ecosystems, ecosystems of the continental humid zones, and cave ecosystems. These act as a repository for several species of conservation importance. Morocco is indeed important for biodiversity conservation within the broader area of the Mediterranean Basin, which region is considered to be a biodiversity hotspot.

Related Subject(s): Environment and Climate Change
Countries: Morocco
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