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Development of Argan orchards in Degraded Environment - DARED

TONNES of CO2 Anticipated tonnes of CO2 equivalent avoided


Mitigation & Adaptation
GCF results areas
  • Forests and land use
  • Livelihoods of people and communities
Gender benefits The project will increase the employment of women with stable income. It will have impacts on 6,500 women working in the argan production. UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • #11 Sustainable cities and communities

Location & People

  • Africa
  • Morocco MA
Beneficiaries (approx.) 26,000

Investment Data

  • Financing:
    • Public
    • Public / Private
    • Private
  • Project size:
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • E&S Risk category:
    • Category A
    • Category B
    • Category C
Total project investment
GCF Financing
  • Instrument Grant USD
  • National Agency for the Development of Oases and Argan Zones (ANDZOA) Grant USD
  • Regional Directorate of Agriculture Souss Massa (DRA SM) Grant USD
  • Agency for Hydrological Basin of Souss Massa (ABH SM) Grant USD

Project owners

Accredited Entity Executing Entity
  • National Agency for the Development of Oases and Argan Zones (ANDZOA) Morocco
Development of Argan orchards in Degraded Environment - DARED Approved October 2016 Est. implementation period 5.0 years
Supporting rural communities in the Argan Biosphere Reserve through the planting of argan orchards and the promotion of sustainable arganiculture to foster sustainable development, build resilience and support climate mitigation.

The argan forest of Morocco, covering 2.5 million hectares, is recognised by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve with a rich biodiversity. There has been a “market boom” in argan oil, and its rising demand has improved household income for local communities but generated serious pressure on the natural forest, threatening its sustainability. The forest is also threatened by the impact of climate change upon its regeneration.

Morocco committed within its INDC to reduce its Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emission by 32% by 2030 through mitigation activities. Morocco intends to plant 43,000 hectares of argan tree orchards and promote arganiculture as a priority activity to reduce GHG emissions. This project will strengthen the resilience of rural communities and the arganeraie biosphere reserve through planting 10,000 ha of argan tree orchards with soil conservation and rain water harvesting capabilities. Supporting argan plantations and arganiculture will also contribute to relieve the anthropic pressure on the natural forest, and improve livelihoods of the communities by moving from a model of fruit collection from natural forests towards sustainable forest co-management.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 5 years.
Document title Published date
Funding proposal 22 Mar 2017
ESS report 21 Oct 2016
Accredited Entity
  • Agency for Agricultural Development of Morocco (ADA) Mr. Hamid Felloun Tel: +212 6 61 11 02 42 / +212 5 37 57 37 51 Ms. Meryem Andaloussi Tel: +212 6 61 56 57 81 / +212 5 37 57 38 13
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