Located in the small town of Walidia, near an Atlantic lagoon bearing this same name. The Walidia Ecological Information Center is responsible for raising awareness of the importance of wetlands, especially at the school level, while focusing on the Sidi Moussa-Walidia Ramsar Site, corresponding to a complex of wetlands occupying a furrow Coastline more than 30 km long.
This center is managed by GREPOM / BirdLife Maroc under a tripartite partnership agreement, established between: (1) Walidia Commune (owner of the land); (2) the Office of the High Commissioner for Water and Forests and the fight against desertification (responsible for the building and its basic equipment); (3) GREPOM (responsible for running the center and developing its educational tools).
Indeed, the center makes it possible to play an important role in informing the public about the wetlands of the kingdom, and even about its nature. This role is determined in the objectives set for the Center, namely:
– To raise public awareness of the heritage and socio-economic importance of Moroccan wetlands in general and those of the Doukkala in particular.
– To provide educational institutions with tools to illustrate Life Sciences and Earth Sciences courses.
These objectives are to provide visitors with an exhibition, audio-visual presentations, and a field visit.
– Guided observation of the ecosystem components and their functioning
– Identification of heritage and socio-economic value components
– Identification of threats to identified values
– Discussion of groups on various aspects related to the visit