Wildlife photos celebrate biodiversity

With environmental awareness objectives, the “Wildlife Photo Gallery” in Oujda continues to receive its visitors, including researchers, interested students, students and students of educational institutions, until November 16, at the Ibn Khaldun Cooperative Center for Opening Artistic and Literary.

The exhibition is organized by the Moroccan Association of Wildlife Photographers, the Regional Academy of Education and Training, the Space for Solidarity and Cooperation in the Eastern Region and the Environmental Caucus in the North of Morocco, under the motto “The lenses of the wildlife photographers and the reality of Moroccan Natural Environments.”

The exhibition houses more than 80 photographs by professional wildlife photographers from various cities in the Kingdom, including Marrakech, Tetouan, Oujda, Fez and Rabat. Each photograph carries a message and a story behind its capture.

In this context, Mohamed Benatta, head of the Space for Solidarity and Cooperation in the eastern region, said that this exhibition aims to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity in Morocco and raise awareness of the environment at all ages and social groups in order to preserve this wealth. that the country abounds.

Benatta added, in statements to Hespress, that among the objectives of this exhibition is also to educate individuals, institutions and decision makers and draw their attention to the fact that “without biodiversity, human life continues to be threatened and the development of the State it is weakened”, highlighting “the danger that cement, construction and tourism projects will invade these natural areas.

In this context, the speaker referred to a group of photographs that show the experience of the island of Mogador, Essaouira, as a successful experiment in biodiversity protection by the Department of Water and Forests, by saving a species of migratory bird and work on its reproduction. , as it went from 60 pairs to about 1,500 pairs at this time.

On the other hand, he referred to images of “Dayet Awa”, which used to house an important and diverse group of animals and birds, but with the depletion of its water resources by digging wells around it, it was drained, causing Morocco to lose a rich biological diversity in this region, similar to a group of wetlands.

In the same context, the exhibition houses a set of images of the biodiversity that characterizes the biological site of the Moulouya estuary, which includes more than 430 species of plants and 237 species of birds, as well as various types of fish and reptiles that constitute a wealth, “but they, in turn, are at great risk from the use of the water fed to them in agricultural irrigation,” according to Benatta.

The head of the Space for Solidarity and Cooperation in the eastern region indicated that thanks to these qualifications, this site has been classified as a biological site of ecological importance, and a wetland, within the “Ramsar” agreement.