Sep06

In Imi -n-Ifri village, 6 km from the old city Demnat and1 hour from Marrakech, the Climathon High Atlas was organized in its first edition and its first time in Morocco, as part of the global and universal event Climathon, 24-hour on climate change which take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 27 October 2017.

The number of registered cities this year exceeded more than 100 cities around the world, among them 3 cities in Africa, the only “Imi n’ifri” initiative in Morocco was nominated Climathon High Atlas, hosted and orgnaized by the sustainable tourism project Espace Tamount in cooperation with Tifawin Union, a strong participation of local actors of Tifni rural community and other cities representatives were with us to celebrate this historic climate day.
As a managers organizers of this 1st edition, the Climathon High Atlas official program has featured various activities in raising awareness about environmental conservation and climate action, in this context a round table on “Morocco’s Vision 2030 to achieve SDGs Sustainable Development Goals in Mountain and rural areas was animated.
The event was an occasion too, to give for the representative of Demnate, Ouarzazate and Azilal urban cities an introduction about the convention of Mayors, as well an overview about CES-Med “Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean Cities” of Human Dynamics was presented to the participants, the project’s goal is to promote urban development and sustainable energy challenges in the Southern Mediterranean countries.
Workshops were organized in the old Amazigh Moorish green jobs and methods of protecting the environnement more and more in disappearance, such as traditional way of oil extraction, medicinal plants and berber carpet…etc. In parallel the Young Climathon High Atlas : a workshop in good and responsible action of the environment preservation was organized profit to 90 primary schools children of Demnat city.
The Climathon as well was an occasion to send a letter to the Moroccan Ministry of Culture and UNESCO for the inscription of the natural bridge Imi n’ifri as a natural and geological world heritage, a petition on this subject has been published : https://www.change.org/p/patrimoine-mondial .

The first edition of the Climathon High Atlas was able to ensure the exchange of knowledge on climate change and the conservation of natural ressources in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, which are an important suppliers of water, food, hydroelectricity and other mineral resources and biodiversity, increasingly vulnerable to climate change. Today, the Moroccan state is in front of the obligation and the urgency of drafting a law for the protection of mountains against climate change, irresponsible actions of human beings and create an agency dedicated to the protection of mountain and rural areas in Morocco.

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Through our work and cooperation with governments, companies, NGOs, Associations..etc at the national and international and local communities, we can unite and use tourism to achieve the right balance between economic development, green growth, and protection of our common natural and cultural assets.


For 10 years, we still develop and share our inclusive methodologies, tools, and knowledge to enable self-directed sustainability for the travel and tourism field in Moroccan High Atlas. We confirm that Sustainable tourism is creating the next generation tools required to build knowledge and inspire action at the private, public and civil sector levels.

Espace Tamount’s approach starts with improving the local people way of life in Morocco Mountains.


Our focus and work on sustainable tourism create the results required for a better living environment, and we look to take action in collaboration and cooperation with local, regional, national and international communities.

The Espace Tamount team is naturally passionate to combine the native culture of Morocco’s mountains and climate actions, engaging in raising awareness about climate change through all cultural forms in mountain areas as well as urban level. We work to promote old Amazigh Moorish traditions and methods of protecting the environment and mainly strengthening sustainable tourism as a lever for implementing sustainable development goals of rural communities in Morocco.

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Demnate (Arabic: دمنات‎‎) is a town in central Morocco, located at the foot of the high Atlas Mountains roughly 110 km east of Marrakech. The majority of the population speaks Berber; the local dialect is Tashelheit, as well as Darija and some French. Demnate is the oldest city in the south as it used to be a linking point between the Moroccan south and Marrakech. The Berber villages that surround Demnate are still full of tradition and have some of the most beautiful natural scenes in the entire south. The city is surrounded by beautiful mountains and close-by natural attractions, including the natural land bridge Iminifery, dinosaur traces, and the Ouzoud Falls. One of the highest mountains in Morocco (Rat) is located within miles southwest of Demnate.

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Economy

Demnate has many weavers and is well known for its deposits of red clay which local artisans make into pottery. Demnate, being a large city, has recognized local authority many of whom were born in Demnate or close by. The Qayd has an office at the north end of town. There is a large and active police station. Electricity is available 24 hours a day, running water. There is a souk bus station with buses daily to most major cities. Internet and phone in the home are available for a price.

Public services

Demnate has three hospitals and a diabetes center. One public hospital, one children’s hospital, and a TB prevention and treatment center. Some choose to travel to Marrakesh for major medical treatment. Although the hospitals are free, herbal and home remedies are common and hospital visits are for more extreme or chronic diseases. Tap water is treated and completely safe to drink. People are aware of E. coli and that all meat must be cooked thoroughly. Hand washing happens, but not regularly or correctly.

As far as social institutions that work with the youth Demnate has three major facilities: the Youth Center, the Environmental Center, and the Women’s Center. The Youth Center has an active theater group and computer classes, along with soccer. The environmental center has expositions on environmental concerns and takes kids on field trips to the natural land bride.

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