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Diverse Ecological, Economic and Socio-Cultural Values of a Traditional Common Natural Resource Management System in the Moroccan High Atlas: The Aït Ikiss Tagdalts

Pablo Dominguez, Alain Bourbouze, Sébastien Demay, Didier Genin and Nicolas Kosoy

Environmental Values 21 (2012): 277-296. doi: 10.3197/096327112X13400390125939

ABSTRACT

This study examines the multiple dimensions of the agdal system, a traditional Berber form of environmental management that regulates access to communal natural resources so as to allow the regeneration of natural resources. In fact, this ingenious system of agro-pastoral land rotation is ultimately beneficial for the conservation of the bio-physical environment, the performance of the present-day local economy and the maintenance of prevailing social cohesion and cultural coherence. Hence, agdals constitute a key element for the reinforcement of the sustainability of existing agro-pastoral societies and ecosystems, but need to be better understood in order to explore necessary adaptations in the changing world of today.


KEYWORDS

Amazig, religion, Morocco, Agdal, commons, environment

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